What an Inauguration Day it was. Countless memes, intimate moments, some fashion, viral videos, a lot of GIFs, and — oh, yeah — maybe some history. Here's your complete recap, with everything you need to know and (mostly) nothing you don't.
10:28p.m.: And that's Inauguration Day. Here are the highlights of almost 15 hours of ceremony and pageantry. Beyonce owned the national anthem. The Drudge Report, as you might expect, was way less enthusiastic for this second inauguration than he was for the one eight years ago. Michelle Obama rolled her eyes as Obama shared a joke with John Boehner. Malia was sassy. Sasha yawned. Obama danced like a dad. Sasha tried to take a photo of her parents kiss, and Malia photobombed it. The whole Obama family read their smartphones at once, like a normal, not always perfect family. The first lady's gown was striking, and she was the first first lady in a long time to wear red at an inaugural ball. The first couple danced to Al Green, as sung by Jennifer Hudson. Our full coverage is right here.
10:15p.m.: The Obamas share a private-ish moment on a very public stage.
(Photos via Associated Press.)
9:55p.m.: The first couple dancing:
The second couple took it slower:
(Photo via Associated Press.)
Rosalynn Carter might have been more daring (or not? the 1970s were confusing), but Obama is more stylish.
(Photo via the National Museum of American History.)
More first ladies' gowns here.
9:08p.m.: And here it is, the dress that's pretty much the whole point of this thing (jokes, jokes!):
Obama's chiffon-and-velvet gown was designed by Jason Wu, who designed her 2009 inaugural gown. Her shoes are by Jimmy Chu.
8:49p.m.: Obama begins speaking at the Commander-in-Chief's ball. Obama thanks "our wounded warriors... ur enlisted men and women, our junior officers -- the backbone of our Army -- our amazing military families… Our gold star families, we will stand with you always."
"It's because of you that we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden."
Obama spoke by video with troops in Afghanistan.
8:34p.m.: Alicia Keys changed the lyrics to her songs to add Obama's name as she performed for the inaugural ball crowd. "Obama's on fii-ii--iiire..."
8:30p.m.: Obama's motorcade is on the way to the ball, according to White House pool reports.
8:20p.m.: Various inoffensive musical acts entertain the ballroom crowds as they wait for the Obamas. Talking Points Memo's Igor Bobic tweets this photo of the stage:
BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller tweets a different view: the line for tickets to get drinks.
6:51p.m.: And now for even more glitter: The Obamas are expected to arrive at the first of two inaugural balls at about 8:45p.m. The first will have 4,000 guests -- active duty troops and veterans -- and is in honor of American troops. The second will have about 35,000 guests. What to watch for? What Michelle Obama wears, and what the Obamas dance to for their first song.
6:45p.m.: About 1 million people showed up to watch Obama's inauguration. That's smaller than in 2009, which saw a crowd of 1.8 million, but bigger than the expected 600,000 to 800,000. Twitter broke during the parade -- 1.1 million people were tweeting during the inauguration.
Obama and Biden enjoyed it:
(Photo via Associated Press.)
6:30p.m.: The parade marches after sunset. Here's Dobyns-Bennett High School Band from Tennessee:
And here's dancers from Palmview High School Mariachi and Folkloric Group from Texas.
Obama shakes hands with a former Tuskegee airman in the presidential box.
(Photos via Associated Press.)
5:30p.m.: Obama greets the float of his home state, Hawaii.
(Photo via Associated Press.)
(Photo via Associated Press.)
5:17p.m.: Obama danced to one of the passing bands, like a dad.
That's Attorney General Eric Holder over his shoulder, not dancing.
Gawker offers this amazing GIF of the moment:
5:01p.m.: Has Obama not yet kicked his nicotine addiction? He appears to be chewing gum. Obama quit smoking after he was elected in 2008, but as of last fall, he was still generous with pieces of Nicorette gum.
Another view, via our Esther Zuckerman:
4:58p.m.: A fashionable young parade spectator:
(Photo via Reuters.)
4:50p.m.: The first family has stepped into the big glass box from which they'll watch the inaugural parade. Malia and Sasha are very, very excited to see somebody in there.
Update: It appears they were waving at this cute baby?
Via The Atlantic Wire's Esther Zuckerman, Michelle Obama gave this little fist pump:
4:38p.m.: People crowded on rooftops to watch the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.
(Photo via Reuters.)
4:26p.m.: Biden loves all the walking and waving so much. He likes the one-on-one interaction with people in the massive crowd.
4:09p.m.: The Obamas walk the final hundred yards to the White House. The TV cameras are picking up some real screamers in the crowd.
In 2005, Drudge had a very different take on Bush's second inauguration. Sadly, the art has not been preserved in Drudge's archives, but the headline has been:
If it was anything like Drudge's art previewing Bush's swearing-in, then it was quite celebratory:
3:47p.m.: The Obamas have gotten out of the limo to huge cheers as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.
3:43p.m.: The presidential motorcade is rolling along. Judging by the Secret Service agents walking beside the car, the pace is "brisk walk."
3:38p.m.: Obama was sworn in on MLK Day, and many have noted the date's significance. There are eight members of Congress still in office who voted against making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday, New York's Dan Amira points out. Some are prominent, some are not. They are: Arizona Sen. John McCain, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, Florida Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers, and Wisconsin Reps. Tom Petri and Jim Sensenbrenner.
2:47 p.m.: Here's a more detailed listing of the order of the groups marching in the inaugural parade. The luncheon is FINALLY wrapping up now, so the festivities should be getting under way soon, nearly an hour late.
2:46 p.m.: Biden: "I'm toasting you, Chuck."
2:41 p.m.: President Obama offers his thanks. "To my Vice President, who has been an extraordinary partner and a friend." He also thanks Jill Biden, his Cabinet members, and the Congressional leaders. "I recognize democracy is not always easy ... but I want to thank you for your service.... I'm confident we can act at this moment in a way that makes a difference."
2:40 p.m.: Sen. Harry Reid offers the formal toast to President Obama. "I toast and pray for your, your family, and our country. Here's to four more years."
2:38 p.m.: A moment of comedy as Biden offers his toast in return: "A man who never operates out of fear, always operates out of courage ... I'm toasting you, Chuck!"
2:35 p.m.: Biden offers his remarks now, saying he always enjoyed the inaugural lunches more than anything he did in the Cabinet.
2:33 p.m.: Schumer is back at the mic to toast Joe Biden. "We're confident this partnership between you and our great president will only grow stronger."
2:31 p.m.: More gifts! Nancy Pelosi announces the "mementos" that will be given to all the guests.
2:28 p.m.: Lamar Alexander gives the first couple some framed ceremonial photo, then Eric Cantor gives them some crystal vases. Then everyone stands up to look at them.
2:23 p.m.: The luncheon has now been opened up to the media as John Boehner offers the "presentation of the flags," to be followed by a toast from the President. The flags, which were flying over the Capitol during the swearing in ceremony are given as a gift to the President.
2:12 p.m.: The lunch appears to be still ongoing, and that's pushed back the start of the parade. However, that only gives you more time to meet Charlie Brotman, who has been the public address announcer for every parade since Eisenhower's.
1:45 p.m.: It seems the spirit of biparitisanship did not survive even past the Inaugural Lunch. The newest conservative outgrage? The luncheon menu of lobster tails, bison, and apple pie with ice cream weighs in at over 3,000 calories, well-above the total daily recommended allowance and a bold slap in the face to Michelle Obama's desire to keep people from getting fat. Link via Drudge, of course.
1:43 p.m.: The aftermath:
1:40 p.m.: Here's a quick preview of what to expect at the parade, which starts around 2:00 p.m. Floats, bans, soliders, and maybe some surprise celebrity guests.
1:12 p.m.: A quick roundup of our coverage so far today: A photo album of previous inaugurations; a special remembrance of Justice Anton Scalia's hat; another of all the celebrities in attendance; video of Obama's Oath; Beyoncé's singing; the conservative reaction to it all, and oh yeah ... the actual Second Inaugural Address. All our coverage will filed here.
1:00 p.m.: One last moment from the podium: As President Obama was leaving, he stopped turned around and said, "I want to take a look one more time. I'm not going to see this again. It's beautiful."
12:44 p.m.: The President stopped in the Capitol building to sign the nominations for his second term cabinet members.
12:44 p.m.: The real stars of the podium were obviously Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Even Rep. Peter King had to get in on the action. (Photo: European Pressphoto Agency)
12:32 p.m.: We'll take the lunch break to catch you up on some of the moments you missed. Like Eirc Cantor looking confused by poetry:
Cantor's face during the poem, captured twitter.com/mattspencedc/s…— Matt Spence (@mattspencedc) January 21, 2013
12:31 p.m.: And "The Star-Spangled Banner" ends the program. Now everyone heads inside for lunch, before the parade begins.
12:28 p.m.: Beyoncé time!
12:23 p.m.: Now it's time for the benediction, Rev. Luis Leon.
12:22 p.m.: The swearing in...
12:18 p.m.: If you were wondering why we said that Obama messed up the Oath again, here's why: He stumbled on the word "States." This one is on the President, though, and had nothing to do with Chief Justice John Roberts.
12:16 p.m.: Next up: Richard Blanco, who wore and will deliver the Inaugural Poem. He's both the youngest and the first Latino inaugural poet, and the first gay poet
12:15 p.m.: Here's the full text of Obama's second inaugural address, if you'd like to read it.
12:13 p.m.: And now, to prove it's a time for healing, the President is followed by noted Ron Paul supporter Kelly Clarkson, singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee"
12:12 p.m.: The closing line: "Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom."
12:11 p.m.: "My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride. They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope."
12:10 p.m.: Here comes the big finish....
12:10 p.m.: A nod to the debt ceiling: "Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time."
12:09 p.m.: Newtown gets a mention in passing: "Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm."
12:08 p.m.: Obama mention women's right and gay rights, again showing support for gay marriage. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
12:07 p.m.: Obama pays tribute to Martin Luther King, saying: "all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth."
12:06 p.m.: "Our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice"
12:05 p.m.: "We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law."
12:02 p.m.: "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity." He specifically mentions the threat of climate change. "America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise."
12:01 p.m.: Obama mentions "health care" and "deficit."
11:59 a.m.: Obama with a tip to inequality: "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it."
11:58 a.m.: "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."
11:56 a.m.: "We have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority.... Securing our individual freedoms requires collective action."
11:55 a.m.: Obama: "While these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executed."
11:53 a.m.: Obama: "Each time we gather to inagurate a President, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution."
11:52 a.m.: Obama introduced as President again, about to begin his speech as the crowd changes, "O-BAM-A."
11:51 a.m.: ONCE AGAIN, the President flubs his line. Messing up on the last reading of States
11:50 a.m.: Up next: The President and John Roberts, Round 4
11:49 a.m.: For the intermission, James Taylor sings "America, The Beautiful"
11:46 a.m.: Everyone stands as Sonia Sotomayor administers the Oath to Biden. She's the first Latino to participate in an inaugural oath.
11:44 a.m.: Senator Lamar Alexander is up next. He'll introduce Joe Biden for his oath taking. Obama wipes away tears as music ends.
11:38 a.m.: Next up: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
11:32 a.m.: Schumer introduces Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who gives the invocation.
11:30 a.m.: Lots of talk about the Capital Dome from Schumer.
11:29 a.m.: Thumbs Up Obama
11:26 a.m.: Chuck Schumer is up first as the Master of Ceremonies. Schumer thanks the Armed Forces, and mention the inaugural theme: "Faith in America's Future"
11:25 a.m.: Hail to the Chief!
11:21 a.m.: President Obama is being led through the Captiol and is about to be introduced.
11:19 a.m.: Joe Biden is introduced!
11:13 a.m.: The first daughters have taken their seats, as has Jill Biden. The First Lady will be next, being introduced and entering by herself.
11:09 a.m.: Hillary Clinton arrives wearing the style of glasses commonly referred to as "hipster." Does this mean "hipster" glasses are no longer hip? In fairness, Clinton was also spotted at the Brooklyn overpriced pizza establishment Roberta's, where a nearly completely naked waitress was recently spotted.
11:05 a.m.: BTW, if you're not near a TV, the White House is live streaming the ceremony. You can all watch it here: (Video removed, since it's no longer live)
10:57 a.m.: The Clintons are taking their seats, along with Jimmy and Rosalind Carter.
10:55 a.m.: The President is at the Capitol and entering the lobby.
10:54 a.m.: The Supreme Court justices take their seats. AFTER Beyoncé, of course.
10:53 a.m.: Welcome to the future, Steny Hoyer. (House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, gets help with his cellphone camera from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
10:44 a.m.: A historical moment of note: For the first time ever, the President's limo sports Washington, DC's iconic "Taxation Without Representation" license plates.
10:42 a.m.: President Obama is just now leaving the White House to make his way to the Capitol. Senator Charles Schumer (who heads the inauguration committee) is his escort.
10:29 a.m.: VIPs are starting to take their seats on the dais. Many of them, including Congresspeople and Cabinet members are grabbing photos before they sit down.
10:15 a.m.: Jan Crawford of CBS has a shot of the crowds filling in.
10:14 a.m.: Former President Update: Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will be in attendance and on the podium today. George H.W. Bush won't be there, because he just got out of the hospital. According to CBS News, George W. Bush "sends his regrets."
10:12 a.m.: The AP has a report from this morning's church service.
Pastor Andy Stanley asked what people do when they realize they are the most powerful person in the room.
"You leverage that power for the benefit of other people in the room," he said. "Jesus would say to do less than that would be to declare yourself greater than me."
To the president, Stanley said: "Mr. President, you have an awfully big room. My prayer to you is to leverage that power for the stewardship of our nation."
10:00 a.m.: While the crowds are expected to dip a lot of 2008, this could still be the biggest crowd ever to see a second inaugural. (Some of the non-ticketed viewing areas are full and closed off.) The temperature is nearing 40, which would make today the warmest Inauguration Day since Bill Clinton's second.
9:59 a.m.: A little behind the scenes flavor. Places, everyone! (Photo by Win McNamee of AP)
9:53 a.m.: The First Ever In History Presidential Inauguration Day Tweet:
I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2013
9:49 a.m.: Reminder: We've got plenty of other Inauguration Day coverage on The Atlantic Wire. For starters, here's a post about what the First Family is wearing today; a look at how things have changed over the last four years; and a preview of the big speech.
9:43 a.m.: Biden being Biden (with .GIF!) (Vice President Joe Biden pulls off his scarf as he arrives at St. John's Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
9:41 a.m.: The President and his family have left the church and are heading back to the White House, briefly. They will have coffee with some Congressional leaders, including Republican John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Eric Cantor, before heading to the Capitol with the main inaugural delegation.
9:28 a.m.: Military service members prepare for parade near the formal reviewing stand at the White House.
As members of all the services marched together crowd began chanting "USA". In front of WH twitter.com/chucktodd/stat…— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 21, 2013
9:25 a.m.: Reporter Michael Doyle says that the police are trying to extracate an anti-abortion protester from a tree. As many as 50 officers are on the seen trying to get him down.
9:22 a.m.: Looks like Twitter got a good seat:
9:20 a.m.: Everyone is wondering how Obama's speech will go. For most presidents, their most quotable moments tend to come from the Inaugural—FDR's "fear itself"; JFK's "ask not"; Lincoln's "with malice toward none"—and seconds tend to be particularly memorable. FDR is the only one who got to give a fourth. They tend to be short (William Henry Harrison's was the longest, and it literally killed him), but lofty, focusing on big themes rather than minute details. So naturally, most people are hoping for more of the same, while the minority opinion is that he opt for some "real talk."
8:48 a.m.: A happy good morning from Fox and Friends:
Fox and Friends is discussing with this man why today is the "most depressing day of the year." twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 21, 2013
8:43 a.m.: Here's a map of the parade route, if you're in D.C. or just interested in those kinds of details.
8:35 a.m.: The Obamas have just arrived at St. John Episcopal Church for a morning service, another presidential tradition for Inauguration Day.
8:00 a.m.: One more:
Gorgeous inauguration day sunrise. The picture doesn't do it justice. Dress warm today. twitter.com/billburton/sta…— Bill Burton (@billburton) January 21, 2013
7:50 a.m.: If case you're wondering, here's a rough schedule of the inauguration ceremony itself. The Particpants will arrive around 11:30 a.m., with Vice President Joe Biden taking his oath first, followed by the President. Then he will give his speech, followed by a poem, the benediction, and the National Anthem (sung by Beyoncé.) Then the parade. There are other non-public events before the 11:00 a.m., and will give you news from those if we get them. Guests will begin arriving around 9:00 a.m. to account for the heavy security checks.
7:40 a.m.: More sun!
Good morning from the National Mall, where it's cold and cheery and still kinda dark twitter.com/katienotopoulo…— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) January 21, 2013
7:00 a.m.: As you know, it's both Inauguration Day and the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, adding extra symbolism and weight to the historic occasion. Of course, technically he's already been sworn in, since the Constitution required him to take the oath on January 20, but tradition holds that formal festivities are not held on a Sunday. However, it's really the second inaugural speech, beginning at noon, that everyone will be looking forward to.
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