President Obama - Inauguration Day

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

For once, the drumbeats of division receded and Americans of every ornery opinion gathered to witness history in President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will lay out his vision for the country's future when he delivers his inaugural address outside the U.S. Capitol today. His speech is expected to set the stage for looming debates over taxes, guns, immigration and other issues. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take the oath of office before hundreds of thousands of people, following their official swearing in yesterday.

President Barack Obama and his family are beginning inauguration day by attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House.

The presidential motorcade arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. under crisp, cold skies outside the sanctuary. The president and first lady Michelle Obama emerged to pose briefly for photos with their daughters Sasha and Malia before entering the church. The first family sometimes attends Sunday worship at the church, which is across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden and his family also were attending.
Meanwhile crowds were gathering at the National Mall to watch Obama take the oath of office later in the morning for his second term.

For once, the drumbeats of division receded and Americans of every ornery opinion gathered to witness history in President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration.

Hours before Monday's pageantry, people on foot spilled out of Metro stations near the White House and streamed toward festivities, official vehicles sealed off intersections and commuters packed coffee shops, among the few businesses open on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

A steady stream of people headed toward the National Mall, but there wasn't the same early morning crush of humanity of Obama's first swearing-in. No one expected a repeat of those unprecedented crowds, nor quite the same excitement. But for many thousands, it was not a day to be missed.


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