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The 2nd Inauguration of Barack Obama in Photos

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Today, the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration took place in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands attended the public swearing in of President Barack Obama for his second term, and more attended the Inaugural Parade and dozens of related parties, balls, and concerts around the area. Photos below cover the entire event, from the long preparation, through the ceremony, to the Inaugural Balls. [57 photos total]

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The sun rises over Capitol Hill looking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, early on Monday, January 21, 2013, as Washington prepares for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The sun rises over Capitol Hill looking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, early on Monday, January 21, 2013, as Washington prepares for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A model of the White House sits on a giant map during a media tour highlighting inaugural preparations being made by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region for military and civilian planners, on December 12, 2012, at the DC Armory in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) #
John Osler of Detroit, carries his artwork for sale, as he walks on the National Mall on January 20, 2013, with the U.S. Capitol prepared for ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama, the 57th Presidential Inaugural. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
Stewards stand amid rows of empty seats during a dress rehearsal for the inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington, on January 13, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
A vendor holds items for sale on the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol prepared for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama, on January 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
Workers from M.C. Dean Company remove the street lights along Pennsylvania Ave as they prepare for the Inauguration Parade, on January 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
A painter touches up the presidential viewing stand in front of the White House in Washington, on December 20, 2012 as preparations continue for the Inauguration. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) #
The image of President Barack Obama, printed on the shirt of Victoria Wimberley, who will be attending the President's inauguration for the second time, as she stands in the kitchen of her home in Decatur, Georgia, on January 2, 2013. Four years and one re-election after his historic oath-taking as America's first black president, some of the thrill for Barack Obama is gone. Wimberley brought four busloads of people to Washington for the 2009 inauguration. She's coming again this month, though with two fewer buses, which she blamed on the high price for accommodations, not any lack of excitement for Obama. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
Steve LaDrew, with Capitol Exhibit Services, adjusts the Mastcam on a replica of the Mars Curiosity Rover at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (JBAB) in Washington, on January 19, 2013. The NASA float will participate in the Inaugural Parade honoring President Barack Obama. (Reuters/NASA/Paul E. Alers/Handout) #
During a dress rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Army Military District of Washington Major General Michael Linnington (center), Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, is flanked by actors portraying U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden as they arrive to review troops, on January 13, 2013. (Reuters/Mike Theiler) #
Hundreds of chairs stand on the west front of the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration, on January 20, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station on on January 20, 2013, one day before the public Inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. This detailed view shows the Potomac River and its bridges at left, with National Mall at the center, stretching eastward from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument toward the Capitol building, where the inaugural ceremony will be held. (Reuters/NASA) #
Military personnel march in early morning fog during a dress rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on January 13, 2013. (Reuters/Mike Theiler) #
Singer Katy Perry performs during the Kids' Inaugural concert at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden Family Bible held by his wife Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during and official ceremony at the Naval Observatory, on January 20, 2013. Biden will be sworn in again on Monday, during the public ceremony. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #
Press pool cameramen sit in the doorway to the Red Room before President Barack Obama is sworn into his second term in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday, January 20, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha. Obama will be sworn in again on Monday, during the public ceremony. (AP Photo/Larry Downing) #
People arrive at the National Mall for the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
People wave American flags as people gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama arrives back at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama (center) and Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson, on January 21, 2013, after attending service at St. John's Episcopal Church. (Reuters/Chris Kleponis) #
Crowds gather on the National Mall to witness the swearing-in ceremonies for President Barack Obama in front of the U.S Capitol, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Former President Jimmy Carter arrives with his wife Rosalynn at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Thousands attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) #
First daughters Sasha (left) and Malia Obama arrive for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama, on January 21, 2013. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama walks through the Capitol, to the West Front for his ceremonial swearing-in, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) #
President Barack Obama (center) pauses with his escorts before walking through the Lower West Terrace Door of the U.S. Capitol to begin his swearing-in ceremony, on January 21, 2013. (Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama greets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, on January 21, 2013. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts at the ceremonial swearing-in, in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews) #
President Barack Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as First lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama look on during the public ceremonial inauguration, on January 21, 2013. (Rob Carr/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama waves after his swearing-in, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Rob Carr/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama speaks during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Vice President Joe Biden, left and President Barack Obama during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, on Monday, January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) #
People attending the 57th Presidential Inauguration, on January 21, 2013. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) #
Performer Beyonce sings the U.S. National Anthem as President Barack Obama and Senator Charles Schumer listen during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S. Capitol, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Bourg) #
Looking out over a crowd of hundreds of thousands, President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address, on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Rob Carr/Getty Images) #
President Obama is surrounded by (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, while signing a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol on January 21, 2013. (Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images) #
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall after his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Benjamin Myers) #
The President and first lady ride in the presidential limousine during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
The 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill in Washington, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
Spectators watch U.S. President Barack Obama go by during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Constitution Avenue after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
People photograph and wave at President Obama's passing limousine, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) #
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) #
A spectator watches President Obama go by during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Vice President Joe Biden walks down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, on January 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #
Army Major General Michael Linnington, Joint Forces Headquarters, National Capitol Region, center, leads President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, to their positions to review the troops following the 57th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) #
Military marching bands perform in the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) #
The Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps walks down Pennsylvania Avenue, on January 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) #
Miami University Marching Band, Ohio, walks past the presidential box and the White House, on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) #
The South Shore Drill Team of Chicago performs during President Obama's inaugural parade, on January 21, 2013. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) #
President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama in the presidential box, as a band passes by, during the Inaugural parade on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) #
Singer Stevie Wonder performs during the Inaugural Ball at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, dance at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
Brad Paisley performs at the Commander-in-Chief's inaugural ball, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Rick Wilking) #
As singer Jennifer Hudson performs, President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball, on January 21, 2013. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Attendees photograph President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they dance while attending the Commander-in-Chief Ball at the Washington Convention Center, on January 21, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Come back tomorrow for one final update of the evening Inaugural Ceremonies!

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