US Presidential Inauguration Day 2013

Fifty Seventh

US Presidential Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama

January 21, 2013

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* Faith in America’s Future *

Our People. Our Future.

The 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies theme, “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and marks the 150th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome.

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January 21, 2013

Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

United States Capitol
11:55 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice,
members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. (Applause.) The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

And for more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people. (Applause.)

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. (Applause.) An economic recovery has begun. (Applause.) America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together. (Applause.)

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. (Applause.) We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own. (Applause.)

For the entire address: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama

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US Presidential Inauguration Day 2013 Schedule

Saturday, January 19

National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall
Location: The National Mall
Start Event: 9:30 AM ET

Kids’ Inaugural Concert
Location: Washington Convention Center
Start Time: 6:00 PM ET

OurTime.org Inauguration 2013 Kick-Off Celebration
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center For American Art & Poraiture
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET

Sunday, January 20

Vice President Biden’s Official Swearing-In
Location: Naval Observatory
Start Time: 8:15 AM ET

President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Location: Arlington National Cemetery
Start Time: 9:00 AM ET

President Obama’s Official Swearing-In
Location: White House – Blue Room
Start Time: 11:55 AM ET

Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center
Location: Opera House
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET

Inaugural Reception
Location: National Building Museum
Start Time: 8:45 PM ET

Monday, January 21

The National Mall Opens
Start Time: 4:00 AM ET

Morning Worship
Start Time: 7:00 AM ET

Procession to the Capitol

Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony
President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
Location: Capitol Hill
Start Time: 11:30 AM ET

Musical Selections:
The United States Marine Band
PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, D-NY

Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams

Musical Selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
Location: Capitol Hill
Start Time: 12:20 PM ET

Musical Selection: James Taylor – ‘America The Beautiful’

Oath of Office Administered to President Obama
By Supreme Cout Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address: President Obama
Location: Capitol Hill
Start Time: 11:50 AM ET

…TInaugural Address Transcript & Video

Musical Selection: Kelly Clarkson – ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’

Inaugural Poem: Richard Blanco

Benediction: Rev. Luis Leon

The National Anthem: Beyoncé

Inaugural Luncheon

Inaugural Parade
Location: Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
Estimated Start Time: 2:35 PM ET

Inaugural Balls

The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center
Doors open: 6:00 PM

The Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B and C
Doors open: 6:30 PM

The Inaugural Ball
Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls D and E
Doors open: 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 22

National Prayer Service
Location: Washington National Cathedral
Start Time: 10:30 AM ET

Staff Inaugural Ball
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
President Obama and Mrs. Obama in attendance

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Follow Via Media:

CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

NPR  http://www.npr.org

PBS http://www.pbs.org

Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

USTREAM http://www.ustream.tv/whitehouse

WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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Facts, Firsts and Precedents – Inauguration of the President

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural – Website

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies – Facebook

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies – Twitter

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) Inaugural App

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies – Text INAUGURATION to 888777

Washington D.C. Metro – Inauguration Day 2013 Information

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The White House Gift Shop
The only officially authorized White House Gift Shop established in 1946 during the administration of President H.S. Truman by the men and women of United States Secret Service.

The White House Gift Shop provides charitable assistance to the greater D.C. area, as well as across America to injured members of United States Secret Service, Law Enforcement, HEROES, First Responders, Military and direct employment of “highly distinguished” military and Intelligence Community veterans with severe service-connected injuries while actively protecting America.

2013 Inauguration Day Souvenirshttp://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/category_s/2252.htm

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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE 2013

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has opened an online store and has a retail store that located at 1155 F St., Washington DC.

The online store’s offerings include memorabilia with the inauguration’s theme — “Our People, Our Future” — and items like a commemorative medallion set ($7,500) and a $100 poster with a portrait of President Obama by Chuck Close.

“This inauguration is an historic moment for all Americans to come together and celebrate,” spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said. “Whether it is a tote bag or a sweatshirt, this official memorabilia helps Americans across the country share in this special event.”

2013 Inauguration Day Souvenirs https://store.2013pic.org

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United States Postal Service

Inauguration Day Official Commemorative Cover
A 9 ½” x 4 ⅛” collectible envelope includes color portraits of President Obama and Vice President Biden as well as a background illustration of the White House and typography printed in gold ink. This special Inauguration Day Official Commemorative Souvenir Cover also features a randomly-selected, Four Flags stamp cancelled with an official Inauguration Day color postmark, and includes a clear protective sleeve for preservation. http://goo.gl/UE4bn

86 Responses to US Presidential Inauguration Day 2013

  1. CR says:

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    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden, and members of the President’s Cabinet participate in community service projects in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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    12:00 PM
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    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host a ‘Kids’ Inaugural: Our Chuldren, Our Future’ concert for America’s military children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to our servicemembers.
    Walter E. Washington Center.

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  2. CR says:

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    Fifty Seventh US Presidential Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama

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    US Presidential Inauguration Day 2013 Schedule:

    Saturday, January 19

    National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall
    Location: The National Mall
    Start Event: 9:30 AM ET

    The First and Second families are issuing a call to action for all Americans to join together in service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is encouraging all Americans to participate in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 1 – a tradition started by the Obamas at their first Inaugural four years ago.

    As part of this Day of Service, the Inaugural Committee will host a Service Summit on the National Mall, and is planning service events in all 50 states. In addition to the Service Summit, on Saturday the President, Vice President, and their families will also participate in service events in Washington DC.

    Kids’ Inaugural Concert
    Location: Washington Convention Center
    Start Time: 6:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will host the Kids’ Inaugural for America’s children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to military families. The concert continues a tradition they started in 2009 that builds on initiatives like Joining Forces by honoring and celebrating the service and sacrifice of our U.S. military as part of official Inaugural activities.

    OurTime.org Inauguration 2013 Kick-Off Celebration
    Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center For American Art & Poraiture
    Start Time: 8:00 PM ET

    Sunday, January 20

    Vice President Biden’s Official Swearing-In
    Location: Naval Observatory
    Start Time: 8:15 AM ET

    President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    Location: Arlington National Cemetery
    Start Time: 9:00 AM ET

    President Obama’s Official Swearing-In
    Location: White House – Blue Room
    Start Time: 11:55 AM ET

    Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center
    Location: Opera House
    Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
    Cost: $150.00 – $300.00

    Monday, January 21

    The National Mall Opens
    Start Time: 4:00 AM ET

    Morning Worship
    Start Time: 7:00 AM ET

    Procession to the Capitol

    Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony
    President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    Location: Capitol Hill
    Start Time: 11:30 AM ET

    Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    Location: Capitol Hill
    Start Time: 12:20 PM ET

    Inaugural Address

    Inaugural Luncheon

     Inaugural Parade
    Location: Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
    Estimated Start Time: 2:35 PM ET

    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will participate in the Inaugural Parade following the public swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. This year’s parade features participants, floats and vehicles representing more than 58 groups.

    Inaugural Balls
    The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
    Location: Washington Convention Center
    Doors open: 6:00 PM

    The Inaugural Ball
    Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B and C
    Doors open: 6:30 PM

    The Inaugural Ball
    Location: Washington Convention Center – Halls D and E
    Doors open: 7:00 PM

    Americans across the country are invited to share in the celebration at The Inaugural Ball, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every hall in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    Tuesday, January 22

    National Prayer Service
    Location: Washington National Cathedral
    Start Time: 10:30 AM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their spouses will attend a prayer service on Tuesday morning.

    Staff Inaugural Ball
    Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    President Obama and Mrs. Obama in attendance

    • CR says:

      The inauguration of the president of the United States takes place during the commencement of a new term of a president of the United States, which is every four years on January 20* . Prior to the Twentieth Amendment, the date was March 4, the day of the year on which the Constitution of the United States first took effect in 1789; the last inauguration to take place on the older date was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first one on March 4, 1933. The day a presidential inauguration occurs is known as “Inauguration Day”.

      The only inauguration element mandated by the United States Constitution is that the president make an oath or affirmation before that person can “enter on the Execution” of the office of the presidency. However, over the years, various traditions have arisen that have expanded the inauguration from a simple oath-taking ceremony to a day-long event, including parades, speeches, and balls.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_inauguration

      *  This year, the Inauguration Day holiday falls on Monday, January 21, 2013, which is also the legal public holiday for the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Facts, Firsts and Precedents – Inauguration of the President

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        The Inauguration of a President

        Published on Jan 21, 2013

        Historians Robert Caro, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Douglas Brinkley and Michael Beschloss speak on the historical significance of a Presidential Inauguration and a President’s second term.

    • CR says:

      November 29, 2012

      inaugural.senate.gov

      Schumer, Chairman of Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Announces “Faith in America’s Future” as the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Theme

      Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), has announced on behalf of the joint committee the selection of the 2013 Inaugural theme. “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers pressed onward, even without pay, until Congress approved additional funding to complete the Dome that would become a symbol of unity and democracy to the entire world. The official Inaugural Program, Luncheon, and other activities will reflect the theme.

      “Our nation has faced countless challenges throughout its history, and each time we have come together as Americans and moved forward with renewed strength,” said Senator Schumer, Chairman of the JCCIC. “During the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Americans from across the country will gather beneath the Capitol Dome to celebrate our history, take measure of how far we have come, and look towards our future with hope and determination.”

      For more: http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/media/release/release-112912-inaugural-theme

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      Department of Defense
      Inauguration Livestream
      http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

      Saturday, January 19

      6:00 PM ET
      First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host a ‘Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future’ concert for America’s military children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to our servicemembers.
      Walter E. Washington Center.

      Monday, January 21

      11:00 AM ET
      Inauguration Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony
      President’s Swearing-In Ceremony & Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Location: Capitol Hill

      7:30 PM ET
      The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Location: Washington Convention Center

    • CR says:

      Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol

      Published on Oct 17, 2012

      Presidential inaugural ceremonies are perhaps the most widely known of the numerous ceremonies held at the U.S. Capitol.

      The Architect of the Capitol erects the inaugural platform on the Capitol’s West Front, sets up the necessary seating and fencing on the grounds, and coordinates other activities with the Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural Ceremonies regarding all of the physical arrangements that are necessary to accommodate this event.

    • CR says:

      Roberts to swear in Obama; Sotomayor gives oath to Biden

      1/4/13 8:34 AM EST By POLITICO STAFF

      Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the oath of office to President Barack Obama during his second inauguration this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Friday.

      Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take the oath officially on Sunday, Jan. 20 and again on Jan. 21 in a ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the fourth woman to administer the oath when she swears in the vice president, the committee said.

      “I will be honored to again stand on the Inaugural platform and take part in this important American tradition,” Obama said in a statement.

      “I believed strongly that she would make a great Justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the Court,” Biden said. “Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend – and someone I know will continue to do great things.”

      UPDATE: Swearing in Obama twice will be nothing new for Roberts. He had to do it last time after flubbing the oath.

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      Obama to use MLK Bible

      1/10/13 11:00 AM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      President Obama has chosen to take the oath of office on two Bibles this time — the Lincoln one he used in 2009 and another owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

      “On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic moment is a reflection of the extraordinary progress we’ve made as a nation,” said Steve Kerrigan, who heads the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

      Obama’s ceremonial swearing in on the Capitol steps Jan. 21 falls on MLK Day. The King Bible was one that King used on the road for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches, including during his time as a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama.

      “We know our father would be deeply moved to see President Obama take the Oath of Office using his bible,” King’s children said in a statement. “His ‘traveling bible’ inspired him as he fought for freedom, justice and equality, and we hope it can be a source of strength for the President as he begins his second term.”

      In a private swearing-in at the White House on Jan. 20, Obama will use the Robinson family Bible, a gift from the first lady’s father to his mother in 1958. She was the first African-American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute’s bookstore and used the Bible regularly.

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      Inaugural parade details announced

      By BYRON TAU | 12/18/12 5:33 PM EST

      The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday the first round of invitees to participate in President Obama’s inaugural parade.

      The list of invitees includes a historically-black Civil War-era military regiment, and bands from the University of Maryland, Virginia Military Institute and Georgia State University, among others.

      Other groups invited include Canine Companions for Independence from Virginia, the Lesbian and Gay Band Association from Missouri, Native American Women Warriors, and the Military Spouses of Michigan.

      “The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation,” said President Obama. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

      The committee said it received more than 2,800 applications.

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      Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center

      Sun., Jan. 20, 2013, 7:00 PM ET
      Kennedy Center Opera House
      Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission

      In recognition of the presidential inauguration and Latino arts and culture, actress Eva Longoria, San Antonio philanthropist and business leader Henry R. Muñoz III, and San Juan attorney and activist Andrés W. López, in partnership with the nation’s leading Latino organizations, present “In Performance at the Kennedy Center.” The concert features performances by Antonio Banderas, Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coro de Niños de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, and other entertainers.

      For more: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=RNXBQ

      • CR says:

        Eva Longoria to host Latino inaugural concert

        1/8/13 3:44 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

        Actress Eva Longoria, a co-chair for President Obama’s inauguration, is hosting a Kennedy Center concert honoring Latino arts and culture during inaugural weekend.

        The $300-per-head event Jan. 20 will feature José Feliciano, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, and others. The event is part of “Latino Inaugural 2013,” a three-day series of lectures and cultural activities.

        “Latinos played a critical role in this year’s elections and helped tip the scales in President Obama’s victory,” said Longoria, a national co-chair of Obama’s 2012 campaign.

        “But we are not waiting another four years to make an impact on our country’s future, and Latino Inaugural 2013 will set a path for Latino civic engagement in the near term,” she said in a statement. “What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation’s premier performing arts center.”

    • CR says:

      Facts, Firsts and Precedents – Inauguration of the President

      Inaugural Event: Fifty-Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies
      January 20, 2009

      President: Barack Obama

      Facts:

      * Largest attendance of any Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history

      * First African American to hold the office of President of the United States

      * First citizen born in Hawaii to hold the office

      * Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet

      * First woman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony

      * First inaugural webcast to include captioning

      * First swearing-in ceremony to include an audio description

      For more: http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/about/facts-and-firsts

    • CR says:

      January 21, 2013

      Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013

      NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE AND RESOLVE, 2013

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      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      A PROCLAMATION

      Four years ago, the American people came together to chart a new course through an uncertain hour. We chose hope over fear and hard work during hardship, confident that the age-old values that had guided our Nation through even its darkest days would be sufficient to meet the trials of our time.

      Together, we have brought a decade of war toward a responsible end. We have saved our economy from collapse and fought for a future where everyone has an equal chance at opportunity. Millions of men, women, and children have made service their mission, reaffirming that America’s greatest strength lies not in might or wealth, but in the bonds we share with one another.

      Today, I have sworn an oath to preserve the fundamental freedoms and protections that are the lasting birthright of all who call this land home. I stand humbled by the responsibilities entrusted to me by our people, and I pray God’s grace will see us through the tests we will surely face in the days ahead. But even as I assume once more the solemn duty of this Presidency, let us also remember that the oath I spoke shares much in common with those taken by every service member and every immigrant, and with the pledge we make before our flag. These are the words of America’s citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

      On the opposite end of the National Mall from where I delivered my address, a preacher once told us “we cannot walk alone.” Empowered by our faith in each other and united by the purpose that binds our fates as one, let us learn again that most enduring lesson. Let us renew our resolve to meet the challenges of our age together. And when our grandchildren reflect on the history we leave, let them say we did what was required of us, that our words were true to our Founders’ dreams for a young Republic and our actions foretold the dawn of a new and brighter day.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2013, a National Day of Hope and Resolve. I call upon all Americans to join together in courage, in compassion, and in purpose to more fully realize the eternal promises of our founding and the more perfect Union that must remain ever within our reach.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

      BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      Obama mementos sought for African American history museum

      January 22, 2013 By Lonnae O’Neal Parker – washingtonpost

      As hundreds of thousands of sets of eyes fixed on Jumbotrons, platforms and parade routes to catch the inaugural pageantry Monday, two other sets of eyes watched the people watching Obama.

      Curators from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scoured the crowd looking for those standout images and symbols they might want for their Obama collection, which now has about 300 artifacts. They looked for the often handmade shows of connection and support, and the myriad ways the 44th president permeates the culture.

      History curator William Pretzer roamed the south side of the Mall near the Hirshhorn Museum, and culture curator Elaine Nichols stayed on the north side, near the Newseum. They would spot someone with a crocheted Obama hat or Obama earrings featuring a super-reduced photo of the president, and ask if they could have the item outright, or hand out cards that urged the wearer to get in touch with the museum if they wished to donate.

      “We’re pretty much following the same kind of track that we followed in 2008,” Pretzer says. The museum wants to capture Obama’s “public persona, the appeal to the public via the campaign and his celebration by the electorate.”

      The National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2015, will feature the Obama collection as part of a history gallery that spans 1968 to 2008. Curators began collecting artifacts after Obama’s 2008 Democratic nomination, and they aren’t sure how many items they’ll end up with.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/obama-mementos-sought-for-african-american-history-museum/2013/01/22/8c3c0114-64c0-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html

  3. CR says:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

     is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

    The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.  has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King. In honor of MLK, volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day.

    Explore the mlkday.gov site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate. Below area few links to get you started.

    * Why Serve on MLK Day?
    * How Can I Serve?
    * Learn About Dr. King

    • CR says:

      Service

      January 21 is the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day), a national holiday during which we honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Dr. King through a day of service and volunteering.

      The 2013 MLK Day commemorations coincide with the Presidential Inauguration, so President Obama is asking all citizens to join him in participating in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that it will host a wide range of volunteering events in Washington, DC and around the country. Additionally, the Committee is encouraging people to pledge a commitment to serve after MLK Day throughout 2013.

      President Obama has been deeply committed to engaging more Americans in service since taking office in 2008. He expanded AmeriCorps through measures such as signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009 and creating the FEMA Corps program in 2012. He launched the Serve.gov platform to make it easier for Americans to find and post local volunteer opportunities.

      The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act was a hallmark piece of legislation.

      The Serve America Act will increase the size of AmeriCorps from 75,000 volunteers to 250,000 by 2017.
      The Act also creates a Social Innovation Fund that will invest in ideas that are proven to improve outcomes and “what works” funds in federal agencies to promote effective and innovative programs.
      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included $201 million in funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service to support an expansion of AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/service

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      Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service.

      President Obama’s Video Message for the 2013 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service

      Published on Jan 18, 2013

      President Obama pays tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his commitment to service.

    • CR says:

      January 18, 2013

      Presidential Proclamation — Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2013

      MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2013

      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      At a time of deep division nearly 50 years ago, a booming voice for justice rang out across the National Mall, reverberated around our country, and sent ripples throughout the world. Speaking to thousands upon thousands rallying for jobs and freedom, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, challenging America to take up the worthy task of perfecting our Union. Today, we celebrate a man whose clarion call stirred our Nation to bridge our differences, and whose legacy still drives us to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

      By words and example, Dr. King reminded us that “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he mobilized multitudes of men and women to take on a struggle for justice and equality. They braved billy clubs and bomb threats, dogs and fire hoses. For their courage and sacrifice, they earned our country’s everlasting gratitude.

      A half-century later, the march of progress has brought us closer than ever to achieving Dr. King’s dream, but our work is not yet done. Too many young people still grow up in forgotten neighborhoods with persistent violence, underfunded schools, and inadequate health care, holding little hope and few prospects for the future. Too many Americans are denied the full equality and opportunity guaranteed by our founding documents. Today, Dr. King’s struggle reminds us that while change can sometimes seem impossible, if we maintain our faith in ourselves and in the possibilities of this Nation, there is no challenge we cannot surmount.

      Every year, Americans mark this day by answering Dr. King’s call to service. In his memory, let us recall his teaching that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” In keeping with Dr. King’s example, let us embrace the belief that our destiny is shared, accept our obligations to each other and to future generations, and strengthen the bonds that hold together the most diverse Nation on earth.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2013, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit http://www.MLKDay.gov to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

      BARACK OBAMA

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    So happy that President Obama’s second inauguration is almost here!!!

    >^..^<

  5. CR says:

    Chicagoans in Washington starting Inauguration celebrations early

    January 18, 2013 11:49 PM By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

    WASHINGTON–Inauguration festivities started Friday here with President Barack Obama Chicago inner circle pals Eric and Cheryl Whitaker holding forth with a gang at the W Hotel, just down the street from the White House.

    Spotted in that crowd: Kurt Summers Jr., former chief of staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, now an executive at Grosvenor Capital Management.

    Departing White House Senior Staffer David Plouffe was being feted by friends at the same hotel, including David Axelrod, Stephanie Cutter and Robert Gibbs.

    Bill Daley, mulling a run for governor is back in Washington for Inauguration events.

    Obama’s very top donors, members of the National Finance Committee, were hosted at White House receptions and Thursday and Friday and have access to a variety of other VIP Inauguration events.

    Attendees included Obama 2012 campaign Illinois Finance co-chairs John Rogers and Vicki Heyman, with her husband, Bruce.

  6. CR says:

    January 19, 2013

    Weekly Address: Now Is The Time to Take Action Against Gun Violence

    Hi, everybody. This week, I announced a series of concrete steps we should take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence.

    These proposals grew out of meetings Vice President Biden and his task force held over the last month with more than 200 different groups – from parents and teachers; to law enforcement and sportsmen; to religious leaders and mental health professionals.

    And in the weeks ahead, I will do everything in my power to make them a reality. Because while we may not be able to prevent every senseless act of violence in this country, if there is even one thing we can do to reduce it – if even one life can be saved – we’ve got an obligation to try.

    My administration is taking a series of actions right away – from strengthening our background check system, to helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them, to directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence.

    But the truth is, making a real and lasting difference also requires Congress to act – and act soon.

    First, it’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. The law already requires licensed gun dealers to perform these checks, but as many as 40% of all gun purchases are conducted without one. That’s not safe, it’s not smart, and it’s not fair to responsible gun buyers or sellers. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that anyone trying to buy a gun should at least have to prove they’re not a felon, or someone legally prohibited from owning one. That’s just common sense.

    Second, Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines. Many assault rifles, when combined with high-capacity magazines, have one purpose and one purpose only: to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. These weapons have no place in our communities. And a majority of the American people agree with me.

    Finally, Congress needs to make it easier, rather than harder, for law enforcement to do its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns only to turn around and sell them to criminals. And at a time when many communities have been forced to make cuts to their police force, we should put more cops back on the job and back on the street.

    Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. We have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country, and the vast majority of gun owners act responsibly.

    But I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from causing harm on a massive scale. That’s what these reforms are designed to do.

    None of this will be easy. Already, we’re seeing pundits, politicians, and special-interest lobbyists calling any attempt at commonsense reform an all-out assault on liberty – not because that’s true, but because that’s how they get higher ratings and make more money. And behind the scenes, they’re doing everything they can to protect the status quo.

    But this time, it can’t be up to them. It’s got to be up to you. If, like me, you want this time to be different, then I need your help to make it different. Ask your Member of Congress if they support universal background checks and renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if the answer is no, ask them why not. Ask them why an A-grade from the gun lobby is more important than keeping kids safe in a first grade classroom.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/18/weekly-address-now-time-take-action-against-gun-violence

  7. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:30 AM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden, and members of the President’s Cabinet participate in community service projects in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
    Washinton DC

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Vice-President-Participate-in-National-Day-of-Service/10737437316/

    • CR says:

      January 19, 2013

      Remarks by the President and the First Lady on Volunteering on National Day of Service

      Burrville Elementary School
      Washington, D.C.

      12:46 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Well, this is a good-looking crew here. (Applause.) First of all, we just want to acknowledge Burrville Elementary School — (applause) — and the principal here, Tui Roper, who is doing outstanding work. (Applause.) If you see Tui, you may think she’s a student, but no, she’s the principal.

      As I look around the room, I see friends from all across the country, people who have been such great supporters of ours, but more importantly, everybody here — adults to children — understand the importance of giving back. And as we think about not so much Inauguration, but we think about the fact that this is Dr. King’s birthday that we’re going to be celebrating this weekend, I’m always reminded that he said, everybody wants to be first, everybody wants to be a drum major; but if you’re going to be a drum major, be a drum major for service, be a drum major for justice, be a drum major for looking out for other people. (Applause.)

      And organizations like City Year — (applause) — the Corporation for National Service — (applause) — all the great work that’s being done day in, day out shows that there’s a huge hunger on the part of young people to get involved and to get engaged. And it was interesting — we were talking to one of the young people, I was staining a shelf —

      MRS. OBAMA: He did a fine job.

      THE PRESIDENT: And Michelle says I did a fine job. (Laughter and applause.) And one of the City Year folks, I was talking to them, I said, how’d you get involved, they said, our parents every holiday we’d always do service and so I was taught at a very young age. So the fact that we’ve got some outstanding young people here today, I want to say thank you to the parents for showing early on to all our young people how gratifying and how fulfilling this is.

      This is really what America is about. This is what we celebrate. This Inauguration we’re going to be — it’s a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power, but it should also be an affirmation that we’re all in this together and that we’ve got to look out for each other and work hard on behalf of each other.

      So we’re thrilled that all of you are here. We hope you guys are having a great time. (Applause.) I hear reports that the very young people did some really good work and some of the older folks like me, who it hurt getting our knees kind of bending down a little bit, we were able to manage also, and somehow Michelle looked stylish the whole time she was doing it. (Applause.)

      So, Mich, you want to say a few words?

      MRS. OBAMA: You all, thank you so much. It’s wonderful to have such great turnout for this day of service. And I know that we have a lot of family members in the audience — (applause) — and we always force our family, when they come up and do something really cool, they have to serve and they do it happily. So I’m proud of our families for always being there for us. We love you guys.

      So as Barack said, this is a weekend of celebration, but through it all we have to remember that the reason why we’re here, why we’re standing here, why we’re able to celebrate this weekend is because a lot of people worked hard and supported us. And we’ve got a job to do. And this is a symbol of the kind of work that we need to be doing for the next four years and beyond.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/19/remarks-president-and-first-lady-volunteering-national-day-service

    • CR says:

      Biden: ‘We’re on the cusp of doing some really great things’

      By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/19/13 12:00 PM EST POLITICO44

      Vice President Joe Biden is optimistic about the second Obama term and said so Saturday as he spoke to volunteers packing care kits for members of the military.

      “I think we’re on the cusp of doing some really great things,” he said at the D.C. Armory, where he and his family took part in the National Day of Service.

      The United States is about “possibilities,” he said, “and the possibilities are immense.”

      The event is being run by the Points of Light foundation, which was started by George H.W. Bush, and Biden offered a nod to the ailing former president.

      Most of his brief remarks focused on the importance of service, particularly to help members of the military who sacrifice so much.

      Members of the military are “not looking for anything but knowing that we remember is an important piece of the equation,” he told the volunteers. Though just one percent of Americans are in the military, the other 99 percent owe them gratitude.

      Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday was on Tuesday and will be observed on Monday, conveyed “this notion of absolute service,” Biden said.

      “We have to move back to reaching out to people,” he added.

  8. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  9. CR says:

    Be a Part of the Next Four Years

    Published on Jan 19, 2013

    President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. That begins with taking your questions and comments, inviting you to join online events with White House officials, and giving you a way to engage with your government on the issues that matter the most. The first four years of the Obama administration were big but the next four are going to be even bigger. Join us at http://www.whitehouse.gov/engage

  10. CR says:

    6:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host a ‘Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future’ concert for America’s military children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to our servicemembers.
    Walter E. Washington Center.

    Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org/live

    • CR says:

      January 20, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the Kids Inaugural Concert

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C.

      7:45 P.M. EST

      DR. BIDEN: Hello, everyone! (Applause.) Thank you for that wonderful introduction, Jaelen. I’m so proud of Jaelen, and I know you brought some other kids from Lee Hall Elementary. It’s so good to see all of you. (Applause.) Oh, they’re over there. And I want to thank your mom and your whole family for their service to our country.

      J.R. Martinez, it is always wonderful to see you. Thank you for your service and all that you continue to do for our military families. The First Lady and I are so excited to be here with all these military kids.

      I want to give a special welcome to some very brave kids from the Delaware Army National Guard 153rd Military Police Company. (Applause.) Just a few weeks ago, I was with them when their moms or dads were deployed to Afghanistan. I want you all to know that we are so proud of you and we will be here for you while your moms and dads are away.

      The First Lady and I knew from the start that we wanted to celebrate the strength and service of our military families. That’s why we started Joining Forces — our effort to encourage all Americans to find ways to honor and support our troops, veterans and military families. Joining Forces is especially important to me because I know something about being a military mom. Our son Beau is a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, and he was deployed to Iraq for a year. Beau has two children, Natalie and Hunter, so I know — (applause) — thank you — so I know firsthand just how important it is for a child to have everyone’s support — their friends, their teachers, and their entire community — when mom or dad is away.

      So we want tonight to be one special way that our country shows all of you just how much we appreciate everything you’re doing for our country. And we are so excited to be here with you tonight, here with everyone.

      Now I would like to introduce someone else who is so proud of you and excited to be here. She’s been working so hard for military families. Please welcome my great friend and partner, First Lady Michelle Obama. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow. Thank you so much. Thank you, Jill. Big hand to Jill, my partner. (Applause.) How is everybody doing? (Applause.) Are you guys having fun? (Applause.) Are you excited to be here for the inauguration? (Applause.) Well, we are all excited that you could join us tonight, both here in Washington and from all across the country and around the world by video.

      We’ve got kids from Fort Hood that are here. (Applause.) We’ve got folks who have joined us from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. They’re in the house. (Applause.) We have folks from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base here. (Applause.) We’ve got folks from Camp Pendleton who are here with us. (Applause.) And we’ve got Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater here as well. (Applause.) Yes!

      And for the wonderful kids from Naval Air Station Sigonella who led the Pledge of Allegiance — (applause) — yes! — we have some very special guests that are here as well — your parents! (Applause.) Those are your parents. So let’s give them a round of applause. We’ve beamed them in. (Applause.) They’re right there. Wave to them. They can see you. (Applause.)

      Now, inauguration is a pretty big deal. The President and the Vice President are sworn in. There are all these inaugural balls, everybody dresses up and dances. We had a wonderful day of service today, and hundreds of thousands of people come from all 50 states to join in the celebration. And let me tell you, I love every single minute of it. Every single minute. But I have to tell you that my very favorite part of this entire weekend is being right here with all of you. (Applause.) Absolutely. Because for me, this is what inauguration is all about. It’s about celebrating who we are as Americans and all the things that make this country so great. And when I think about who we are, when I think about what makes America great, I think about all of you –our men and women in uniform, our military spouses, and our amazing military kids.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/20/remarks-first-lady-and-dr-biden-kids-inaugural-concert

  11. CR says:

    January 19, 2013

    Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack in Algeria

    Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria. The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms. We have been in constant contact with Algerian officials and stand ready to provide whatever assistance they need in the aftermath of this attack. We also will continue to work closely with all of our partners to combat the scourge of terrorism in the region, which has claimed too many innocent lives. This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. In the coming days, we will remain in close touch with the Government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent tragedies like this in the future.

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Barack Obama and the First Family attend service
    Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:15 AM
    Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
    President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    Naval Observatory

    9:00 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    Arlington National Cemetery

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:55 AM
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
    Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    White House – Blue Room

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Let Freedom Ring Concert
    Kennedy Center
    Washington, D.C.

    8:00 PM

    8:45 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
    First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also attend
    National Building Museum

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      January 20, 2013

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      8:15 AM ET
      Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      Naval Observatory

      9:00 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
      Arlington National Cemetery

      11:55 AM ET
      Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      White House – Blue Room

      7:00 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at the Let Freedom Ring Concert
      Kennedy Center
      Washington, D.C.

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
      National Building Museum

      ——-

      ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

      8:15 AM ET
      Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      Naval Observatory

      9:00 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
      Arlington National Cemetery

      11:55 AM ET
      Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      White House – Blue Room

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
      National Building Museum

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:15 AM ET
      Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      Naval Observatory http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/InofV

      9:00 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
      Arlington National Cemetery http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/BidenWr

      10:33 AM ET
      President Obama 2013 Inaugural Ceremony
      C-SPAN’s coverage of the 57th presidential inauguration began with a look back at President Obama’s 2009 inaugural address, followed by a preview of his 2013 address. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310398-1

      11:00 AM ET
      Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Warren Highlight EMILY’s List Inauguration Brunch http://www.c-span.org/Events/Rep-Pelosi-Sen-Warren-Highlight-EMILY39s-List-Inauguration-Brunch/10737437361/

      11:55 AM ET
      Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      White House – Blue Room http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310492-3

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
      National Building Museum http://www.c-span.org/Events/The-Obama39s-and-Biden39s-Attend-Candlelight-Celebration/10737437422/

      ——

      Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

      8:15 AM ET
      Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      Naval Observatory

      9:00 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
      Arlington National Cemetery

      11:55 AM ET
      Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
      White House – Blue Room

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
      First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also attend
      National Building Museum

  13. CR says:

    Historic Bibles to be used for inaugural ceremony

    January 19 , 2013 times-hearld

    Pres. Barack Obama and Vice Pres. Joe Biden will be using historic Bibles for their swearing-in ceremonies on Sunday and Monday.

    On Sunday, Obama will take the oath of office using the Robinson family Bible. On Monday, the president will again take the oath of office. At Monday’s ceremony, he will use two Bibles: the Bible used by Pres. Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration, which Obama also used in 2009, and a Bible used by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Pres. Obama is honored to use these Bibles at the swearing-in ceremonies,” said Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic moment is a reflection of the extraordinary progress we’ve made as a nation.”

    Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony, choosing a volume with personal or historical significance. In 2009, Obama became the first president sworn in using the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861.

    The Robinson Bible was selected specifically for the occasion. The volume was a gift from the first lady’s father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, on Mother’s Day in 1958. Mrs. Robinson was the first African-American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute bookstore, and she used the Bible regularly.

    The Lincoln Bible is part of the collections of the Library of Congress and was originally purchased by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, for use during Lincoln’s swearing-in ceremony on March 4, 1861. The Bible itself is bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers, and all of its edges are heavily gilded.

    The King Bible was the Civil Rights leader’s “traveling bible.” An avid reader who was constantly on the road, King typically traveled with a selection of books that included this Bible. It was used for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches, including during Dr. King’s time as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

    On Sunday and Monday, Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden family Bible, which is five inches thick, has a Celtic cross on the cover and has been in the Biden family since 1893. He used it every time he was sworn in as a U.S. senator and when he was sworn in as vice president in 2009.

    Biden’s son, Beau, used it when he was sworn in as Delaware’s attorney general.

    “For decades, the vice president’s Bible has been part of our country’s history,” Kerrigan said.

    “It will continue to serve not just the Biden family, but the American people as well.”

  14. CR says:

    8:15 AM ET
    Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer the oath of office to Vice President Biden in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
    President Obama. First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    Naval Observatory

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/VP-Biden-Formally-Sworn-In-Pres-Obama-Takes-Oath-at-Noon/10737437318-3/

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      Vice President Biden Takes the Oath of Office

      Published on Jan 20, 2013

      Vice President Joe Biden takes the oath of office in an official swearing-in ceremony at the Naval Observatory. January 20, 2013.

  15. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    Arlington National Cemetery

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310492-2

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

  16. CR says:

    11:55 AM ET
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer the oath of office to President Obama in the Official Swearing-In Ceremony
    Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    White House – Blue Room

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310492-3

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      President Obama takes the Oath of Office

      Published on Jan 20, 2013

      President Barack Obama takes the oath of office in an official swearing-in ceremony at the White House. January 20, 2013.

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Official Inauguration Day, CR and all friends! Just watched POTUS & VPOTUS swearing-in ceremonies. It’s a beautiful day! :)

    >^..^<

  18. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  19. CR says:

    7:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Let Freedom Ring Concert
    Kennedy Center
    Washington, D.C.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  20. CR says:

    8:45 PM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the Inaugural Reception
    First Lady Michelle and Dr Jill Biden also in attendance
    National Building Museum

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/The-Obama39s-and-Biden39s-Attend-Candlelight-Celebration/10737437422/

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      January 20, 2013

      Remarks by the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden at Inaugural Reception

      The Building Museum
      Washington, D.C.

      8:48 P.M. EST

      DR. BIDEN: Good evening, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us tonight. But more than that, thank you for the kindness, friendship and support that you’ve shown us since we’ve begun this long journey together. We wouldn’t be here without your help, and that means so much to me and Joe.

      Joe and I are thrilled, and I know you feel the same way, to have Barack Obama as our President for another four years — (applause) — and Michelle as First Lady. (Applause.) And I may be a little biased, but I couldn’t think of a better man than my husband to help our President lead our country for the next four years. (Applause.) As long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, I know that Joe will keep fighting for American people every day.

      Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my husband, our Vice President, Joe Biden. (Applause.)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: I’m going to move this away, baby.

      Hello, I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m delighted to be with you all here. (Laughter.) Let me begin with the simplest of statements: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’re the only reason that we are here. Thank you for your support. Thank you for being here. And most of all, thank you for believing in us.

      Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been honored to serve as Vice President. But I’ve been especially honored to serve as Barack Obama’s Vice President. (Applause.) This man has already done an absolutely remarkable job: Historic health care reform, two Supreme Court appointees — Justice Sonya Sotomayor and Elaine Kagan — ending the war in Iraq and about to end the war in Afghanistan — (applause) — and stating forthrightly his support for marriage equality. (Applause.) And I want you to know something else about this guy Barack Obama — he’s just getting started. He’s just getting started. (Applause.)

      In the weeks and months ahead, we’re going to reduce gun violence here in America. (Applause.) We’re going to pass comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) And we’re going to put this nation’s economy on a sustainable path to the future.

      Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my great honor to introduce you to a magnificent, a truly magnificent First Lady Michelle Obama, and the guy she hangs out with — my friend, President Barack Obama. (Applause.)

      Hey. (Laughter and applause.) I thought you weren’t coming out. (Laughter.) I thought you weren’t coming. (Laughter.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. (Applause.) Excuse our tardiness. But you know what, when Stevie Wonder has a few words to say to you — (laughter) — you don’t rush Stevie Wonder. (Laughter.) So pardon our delay, but thank you. Thanks so much, Jill. Thank you for that kind introduction. But more importantly, thank you for your leadership and service. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/20/remarks-president-vice-president-first-lady-and-dr-biden-inaugural-recep

      ———

      Obama on Inauguration Festivities: ‘We Are Celebrating Each Other’

      Published on Jan 20, 2013

      President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Candlelight Reception on eve of inauguration.

  21. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, January 21, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:20 AM
    President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    Capitol Hill

    11:50 AM
    President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
    Capitol Hill

    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    Capitol Hill

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:40 PM
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
    Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:45 PM
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
    Washington Convention Center

    9:00 PM
    9:10 PM
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
    Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E

    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      January 21, 2013

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      11:20 AM ET
      President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      11:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
      Capitol Hill

      12:20 PM ET
      Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      2:40 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

      3:45 PM
      First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
      Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center

      9:10 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E

      —-

      ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

      11:20 AM ET
      President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      11:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
      Capitol Hill

      12:20 PM ET
      Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      2:40 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

      3:45 PM
      First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
      Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center

      9:10 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      7:00 AM ET
      Sights and Sounds on Inauguration Day http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sights-and-Sounds-on-Inauguration-Day/10737437407/

      8:00 AM ET
      Inaugural Activities on Capitol Hill http://www.c-span.org/Events/Inaugural-Activities-on-Capitol-Hill/10737437409/

      11:20 AM ET
      President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

      11:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
      Capitol Hill http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

      12:20 PM ET
      Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

      2:40 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-5

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310508-1

      9:10 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310508-2

      ————-

      Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx

      11:20 AM ET
      President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      11:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
      Capitol Hill

      12:20 PM ET
      Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      2:40 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

      3:45 PM
      First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
      Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center

      ————

      Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

      11:20 AM ET
      President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      11:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
      Capitol Hill

      12:20 PM ET
      Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
      Capitol Hill

      1:05 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend the Inaugural Luncheon National Statuary Hall
      The Capitol Building.

      2:40 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

      3:45 PM
      First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
      Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

      8:45 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center

      9:10 PM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
      Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E

  22. CR says:

    8:00 AM EST
    White House Video Highlights

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  23. CR says:

    8:45 AM ET
    President Obama and the First Family, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden attend church service
    St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

  24. CR says:

    10:35 AM ET
    The First Family departs the White House en route Capitol Hill.

  25. CR says:

    11:20 AM ET
    President Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    President Obama delivers his Inaugural Address
    Capitol Hill

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

    Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      January 21, 2013

      Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama
      United States Capitol

      11:55 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice,
      members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

      Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

      Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. (Applause.) The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

      And for more than two hundred years, we have.

      Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

      Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.

      Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

      Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

      Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.

      But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people. (Applause.)

      This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. (Applause.) An economic recovery has begun. (Applause.) America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama

    • CR says:

      Obama’s inaugural address policy priorities

      1/21/13 12:19 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      President Obama didn’t get into the legislative weeds, but he did mention some of his policy priorities for his second term in his Inaugural Address, outlining liberal goals for the next four years.

      Among the issues he mentioned:

      Reforming Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: “We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time,” he said. But those reforms should not just be guided by deficit concerns. “[W]e reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future,” he said.

      He added: “The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

      “Revamp our tax code”: Obama didn’t offer any other details on this.

      Combating climate change: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said.

      Education and workforce training: Obama mentioned reforming schools and giving Americans “the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher.”

      Equal pay for women: “[O]ur journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” He also mentioned Seneca Falls.

      Gay rights: “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.” He also mentioned Stonewall.

      Immigration reform: “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country,” he said.

      Improving security: Obama didn’t quite hit on gun control legislation, but did allude to greater security. “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,” he said.

      Supporting democracies around the world: “We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.”

      Building and rebuilding infrastructure: “[A] modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce.”

  26. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  27. CR says:

    12:20 PM ET
    Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
    Capitol Hill

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

    Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

  28. CR says:

    1:05 PM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend the Inaugural Luncheon National Statuary Hall
    The Capitol Building.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-3

    Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      January 21, 2013

      Remarks by the President and the Vice President at Inaugural Luncheon

      National Statuary Hall
      United States Capitol

      2:35 P.M. EST

      SENATOR SCHUMER: Mr. President, Dr. Biden, and your whole wonderful family, I now rise to toast the Vice President of the United States and my former colleague and my friend, Joe Biden.

      Mr. Vice President, you’ve been an extraordinary leader of this nation and a true partner to our President these past four years. You play many roles — advisor, advocate, implementer, persuader, strategist, and most important of all, friend. We’re confident this unique partnership between you and our great President will only grow stronger and more productive over the next four years.

      Mr. Vice President, on the surface, we don’t share a common ancestry, but on a deeper level we do share a common story, an American story, of achieving our dreams thanks to the sacrifice of our immigrant forebears.

      As you embark on your well-deserved second term, in the spirit of those who came before us, and on behalf of all Americans, we offer you all our support and warmest wishes, and we say to you — Sláinte. L’chaim. Salud. Cent’anni. And cheers. To our great Vice President.

      (A toast is offered.)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, and to all the
      Presidents assembled — I always enjoyed this lunch more than anything we did in the Capitol. For the 36 years I served in the Senate, I had the great honor of being included in this lunch of former Presidents and Vice Presidents — because it really is the place where we get together in a way unlike any other time when we gather. It’s always a new beginning every time we’re in this room. And there’s a sense of possibilities and a sense of opportunity and a sense — sometimes it’s fleeting, but a sense that maybe we can really begin to work together.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/remarks-president-and-vice-president-inaugural-luncheon

  29. CR says:

    2:40 PM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden participate in the inaugural parade.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-5

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      Highlights from the 2013 Inaugural Parade

      Published on Jan 22, 2013

      The Inaugural Parade begins at the U.S. Capitol and continues down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. January 21, 2013.

  30. Kat 4 Obama says:

    WHAT. A. DAY. Happy & HOPEful! :D

    >^..^<

  31. CR says:

    3:45 PM
    First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden view the inaugural parade
    Presidential Viewing Stand, North Lawn, White House.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310337-5

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

  32. Hi everyone!!! Happy inauguration day!!!

  33. CR says:

    8:45 PM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden attend The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
    Washington Convention Center

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310508-1

    Dept of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

    • CR says:

      January 22, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Commander-in-Chief Ball

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      8:48 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Let me begin by just saying you all dress up pretty nice. (Applause.) I hope everybody is having a wonderful time. Now, those of you who are in uniform, you look outstanding. Your dates do look better, though. (Applause.) I just want to point this out. (Laughter.)

      I’m not going to give a long speech. What I really want to do is come down and express the extraordinary gratitude not just of me as your Commander-in-Chief, but more importantly, the thanks of all the American people.

      I want to start by thanking some of our outstanding leaders who are here: our hosts, our Senior Enlisted Advisors from all five branches of our military. (Applause.) The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Marty Dempsey, who promised to sing sometime tonight, so you should hold him to it. (Laughter.) The Vice Chairman, Sandy Winnefeld, and all our outstanding members of the Joint Chiefs. Our Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Vietnam veteran, Ric Shinseki, who is here.

      And we’re honored to be joined by some truly extraordinary Americans, our wounded warriors, who inspire us with their incredible strength and resolve. (Applause.) Our enlisted men and women and junior officers — the backbone of our military. (Applause.) Our amazing military families — (applause) — including the families of the fallen — our Gold Star families — we will stand with you always.

      The members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in the house. (Applause.) And the recipients of our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor. We are honored by your presence. (Applause.)

      Today, we experienced the majesty of our democracy; a ritual only possible in a form of government that is of, and by and for the people; a day made possible because there are patriots like each and every one of you who defend our freedom every single day.

      So this little party is just another way to say something we can never say enough: thank you. (Applause.) Thank you for volunteering. Thank you for stepping up. Thank you for keeping us strong. Thank you for always making us proud. I have no greater honor than being your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.)

      It’s because of you that with honor we were able to end the war in Iraq. Because of you that we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. (Applause.) Because of you that it’s even possible to give Afghans a chance to determine their own destiny. We are going forward, and we’ll keep our military the finest fighting force that the world has ever known.

      Now, tonight, we’re also joined by some of our servicemembers in Afghanistan. They can’t see us, but we can see them on this monitor.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/22/remarks-president-commander-chief-ball

  34. CR says:

    9:10 PM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden the Inaugural Ball
    Washington Convention Center – Halls A, B, C, D and E

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310508-2

    Presidential Inaugural Committee http://www.2013pic.org

  35. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden attend a reception for the Democratic National Committee

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama,Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden attend an inaugural prayer service
    National Cathedral, Washington DC

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama,Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden attend the Staff Inaugural Ball
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    10:00 PM

  36. CR says:

    Methodist pastor to preach at inaugural National Prayer Service

    January 18, 2013 By By Daniel Burke – Religion News Service

    The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor known for his skilled preaching and centrist views, will deliver the sermon at the inaugural National Prayer Service next Tuesday at Washington National Cathedral.

    Hamilton is founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, which began in a funeral home but has grown to 16,000 members, the largest church in the denomination.

    The National Prayer Service, which dates to George Washington, will be attended by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and is expected to include prayers, readings, blessings and hymns delivered by religious leaders.

    “The National Prayer Service is an important tradition in the United States,” Hamilton said in a statement released Friday (Jan. 18) by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

    “I am honored and humbled to have been asked to deliver the message for this service as President Obama and Vice President Biden begin their second term.”

    For more: http://goo.gl/NyRZd

  37. CR says:

    AP source: Obama staffers to get a visit from Lady Gaga during special inaugural ball Tuesday

    By Associated Press, Published: January 19

    WASHINGTON — Watch out Beyonce and Katy Perry. There’s another diva set to perform during the inauguration festivities — Lady Gaga.

    A person familiar with the inauguration tells The Associated Press that the pop star will perform at Tuesday’s ball for President Barack Obama’s staffers. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.

    The staff ball is typically a private affair. During the last inauguration festivities, Jay-Z reportedly performed for that event.

    According to one attendee, Jay-Z rapped a riff on one of his hit songs, “99 Problems but George Bush Ain’t One,” to the delight of the throngs of young staffers who worked to elect Obama in 2008.

  38. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    President Obama,Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden attend an inaugural prayer service
    National Cathedral, Washington DC

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Attends-Inaugural-Prayer-Service/10737437391/

  39. CR says:

    U.S. High School Graduation Rate at Highest Since 1970s

    Jan 21, 2013 9:01 PM PT By John Hechinger – bloomberg

    U.S. students graduated from public high schools at the highest rate since the 1970s, with the largest leap for Hispanic students, government data show.

    In 2009-2010, 78.2 percent of students earned a diploma after four years, compared with 75.5 percent the year before, according to a U.S. Education Department report released today.

    President Barack Obama’s administration, many states and education and business groups have been pushing to improve high- school graduation rates, which stagnated in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and fell behind the nation’s economic rivals. While the government said the reasons for the improvement aren’t clear, researchers credited elementary school preparation and better tracking of potential dropouts.

    “It’s incredibly important,” Bob Wise, the former governor of West Virginia, said in a phone interview. “This is hard work, and there’s some progress being made.”

    Wise’s Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington – based advocacy group focused on improving graduation rates, estimates that the 1.3 million high school dropouts from the Class of 2010 cost the U.S. economy $337 billion in lost wages over their lifetime.

    To discourage dropouts, school districts have instituted early-warning systems to track students, flagging absenteeism or failing grades in English and math, said BethAnn Berliner, a senior researcher with WestEd, a San Francisco-based research organization that works with states and schools.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-22/u-s-high-school-graduation-rate-at-highest-since-1970s.html

  40. CR says:

    ‘The Dream is Now’—Steve Jobs’ widow launches new Dream Act push

    1/22/13 By Beth Fouhy | The Lookout – 1 hr 42 mins ago

    The teenage girl peers into the camera, ready to divulge a secret.
    “All my siblings are documented except me,” says the girl, identified onscreen as Cendy. “I know I have a lot of potential but that I might not get there because my status will hold me back.”

    Cendy is one of millions of immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children—a group known as “DREAMers” by advocates of the Dream Act, a federal bill first introduced in the Senate in 2001 to allow them a pathway to permanent residency. To push for passage of the provisions in the Dream Act, Cendy and others agreed to share their stories on http://www.thedreamisnow.org, a website launched Tuesday by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth” ) and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

    The project allows young undocumented immigrants to submit videos describing how their lives would change if the Dream Act were passed. Others can also submit posts, including teachers, relatives and friends of the young immigrants, as well as those involved in developing policy around immigration.

    The videos will be posted on the website, and Guggenheim will compile them into a documentary film.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/dream-now-steve-jobs-widow-launches-dream-act-140301593.html

  41. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  42. CR says:

    Stonewall? Explaining Obama’s Historic Gay-Rights Reference

    January 22, 2013 1:54 PM by LIZ HALLORAN – NPR

    President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women’s-rights convention.

    But Obama’s reference was very likely lost on many in the generations that have come of age long after gay men resisted police harassment at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City.

    Their five days of riots in the summer of 1969 kindled the nation’s gay-rights movement, which Obama placed in the heart of the nation’s civil rights struggles in Monday’s speech. Obama said:

    “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall, just as it guided 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.”

    So, what was Stonewall?

    To get the story from someone who was part of the nascent gay-rights effort, and who has written extensively about Stonewall’s role as the galvanizing event of the movement, we turned to Martin Duberman.

    To Duberman, 82, a historian, author of the 1993 book Stonewall and gay-rights activist for most of his life, Obama’s reference — and linking the watershed event to Selma, in particular — was a surprise.

    “I was very startled; I was pleased,” he said Tuesday from his home in New York City.

    We asked Duberman to take us back to the late 1960s in New York City, where gay Americans there and across the nation were openly discriminated against in most areas of life, from the workplace to housing, from family life to free time.

    It was a time that every gay man Duberman knew in New York City would carry in his wallet the telephone number of the only two lawyers in the city “who could get you out of jail in case you were arrested by plainclothes police officers.”

    The Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was one of the few places where gay men, almost all necessarily closeted, could gather. It was an unlicensed establishment because, at the time, it was illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to gay people.

    “Stonewall was probably the most popular gay male bar in New York in the late ’60s,” Duberman said. “It was one of the few, or maybe the only place where you could dance.”

    For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/22/169984209/stonewall-explaining-obamas-historic-gay-rights-reference

  43. CR says:

    January 22, 2013

    Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

    On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm its historic commitment to protect the health and reproductive freedom of women across this country and stand by its guiding principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters, and women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. Today and every day, my Administration continues our efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. On this anniversary, we recommit ourselves to supporting women and families in the choices they make and redouble our efforts to promote safe and healthy communities.

  44. CR says:

    White House won’t block short-term debt-limit increase

    1/22/13 4:23 PM EST By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN – POLITICO44

    The White House will not oppose a House Republican bill to raise the debt limit for three months — despite President Barack Obama’s statement last week that a short-term extension “does severe damage” to the economy.

    The administration said in a statement that the bill “introduces unnecessary complications, needlessly perpetuating uncertainty in the Nation’s fiscal system,” but it welcomes the GOP effort to remove the immediate threat of default.

    The bill “indicates that congressional Republicans have backed off an insistence on holding the Nation’s economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education, and other programs that middle-class families depend on,” according to the “statement of administration policy.” “For these reasons, the Administration would not oppose a short-term solution to the debt limit and looks forward to continuing to work with both the House and the Senate to increase certainty and stability for the economy.”

    The statement is a reversal of sorts from the president’s remarks during a press conference last week, when he was asked about a short-term renewal.

    “We shouldn’t be doing this on a one to three-month timeframe,” Obama said. “Why would we do that? This is the United States of America… . What, we can’t manage our affairs in such a way that we pay our bills and we provide some certainty in terms of how we pay our bills?”

    Obama added: “I’m not going to have a monthly or every-three-months conversation about whether or not we pay our bills. Because that in and of itself does severe damage. Even the threat of default hurts our economy. It’s hurting our economy as we speak. We shouldn’t be having that debate.”

    When Obama made those statements, there was little indication the Republicans would back away from their debt-limit threats in less than a week. The White House doesn’t view the short-term extension as optimal, but it offers a quick solution without the kind of protracted negotiations that can stoke economic uncertainty.

    The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

  45. CR says:

    9:00 PM ET
    President Obama,Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden attend the Staff Inaugural Ball
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center

    • CR says:

      January 23, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Staff Inaugural Ball

      Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      9:00 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) You all clean up pretty good. (Applause.) You are looking good.

      Couple of acknowledgements I want to make — first of all, please give it up for DJ Mal Sandiko. (Applause.) The U.S. Army Band is in the house. (Applause.) We’re so proud — they can play anything — anything. Go ahead and make a request, they’ll play it. They are outstanding. And we are so grateful for their service to our country each and every day.

      Now, this is just a little gathering, little party among friends. (Applause.) Represented here are our outstanding OFA staff and volunteers. (Applause.) Our amazing PIC — that would be Presidential Inaugural Committee Team. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: This has been a great inauguration. They’ve done a great job.

      THE PRESIDENT: Michelle just said this has been a great inauguration, and you’ve done a great job.

      We’ve got the DNC convention team that did an amazing job. (Applause.) We’ve got the DNC team that did an amazing job. (Applause.) And we’ve got the White House team, which is pretty good. (Applause.) They did an amazing job.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: And you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I’m here, too. (Applause.) That’s true. And the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — bangs and all — (applause) — looking very sparkly and twinkly. (Laughter.)

      Now, I’m not going to speak long, mainly because I’ve been speaking a lot and you all have heard me before.

      MRS. OBAMA: And the entertainment is pretty good.

      THE PRESIDENT: And, more importantly, we’ve got a couple of people who are pretty good musicians named Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in the house. (Applause.) This is like my — Michelle is like doing interpretive dance of everything I say. It’s been a long weekend — she’s getting a little silly now. (Laughter.)
      But my main job here tonight is real simple, and it’s just to say thank you. (Applause.) You know, some of you were involved the very first time I ran, back in 2007, 2008. (Applause.) Some of you were 14 at the time, and so just got involved this time out. (Applause.) You know who you are. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: That’s right.

      THE PRESIDENT: But regardless of whether you got involved six years ago or you got involved six months ago, what is true is that all of you have come to represent for me and Michelle our deepest hopes for America.

      The average age here is probably around 20-something — (applause) — and that’s only because I’m here, which brings the average age up quite a bit. But when I think about traveling around the country during the course of the campaign and getting to know some of you and meeting some of you and seeing the work you do in the White House or the work that you did during the convention, and I meet young people who are so much smarter and more thoughtful and more caring about the future than I ever was at your age, so much more capable, so much more serious, so much more poised, it makes me know that America’s future is in good hands. (Applause.)

      As long as all of you understand the immense and incredible power that you possess when you work together, when you join voices, when you extend yourselves not just on behalf of your own ambitions but on behalf of a larger cause, you cannot be stopped. And part of the reason I know that America will succeed is when I look at how you work together, what I saw in offices from Vegas — (applause) — to Richmond — (applause) — to Colorado Springs — (applause) — to Manchester, New Hampshire — (applause) — to Orlando, Florida — it didn’t matter — (applause) — it didn’t matter where I was, I’d walk into a volunteer office and what you saw was people from every walk of life — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, gay, straight — it didn’t matter where you came from, you came together with a mission in mind and a vision in mind. And you were willing to set aside whatever surface differences you had because you understood you were working on behalf of an America that was a little more just and a little more fair and a little more compassionate, and better stewards for our environment. (Applause.)

      And seeing that kind of spirit operate day in, day out, no matter how hard the work, no matter how little you got paid, no matter how bad your candidate screwed up, it didn’t matter, you just kept on going. And there were times during the course of this year where I might have gotten down, but you picked me back up. (Applause.) You lifted me up on your shoulders. And you said, yeah, we know he’s gotten kind of old and gray-haired, and we know sometimes he stumbles. But we are going to carry him across the finish line. (Applause.) Because this is not about him; this is about us. This is about America. This is about what we believe. This is about what our values are. (Applause.) This is what our ideals are all about. We are going to go out there and change America. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/23/remarks-president-staff-inaugural-ball

    • CR says:

      alex-okrent-ofa-memorial-sentiment

      Staff inaugural ball to benefit memorial fund for campaign worker

      1/22/13 8:14 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Obama staffers from the White House, administration, campaign and inauguration are getting the chance to celebrate together at a private inaugural ball Wednesday benefitting a memorial fund for campaign staffer Alex Okrent.

      Okrent died in July at the age of 29 after collapsing at Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago. Tickets to the staff inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center Wednesday went for $10 each with the proceeds going to the Alex Okrent Memorial Fund, according to an inaugural committee official.

      President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are slated to attend and Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform.

      With the staff ball, the Obamas are carrying on a tradition they started in 2009 to thank staff and celebrate with them.

  46. CR says:

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