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01.21.13

Inauguration Day Open Thread

U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images) ()

Regular blogging will proceed below, but I'll leave this post at the top of the blog until the afternoon. Chat away, and we'll be here all day. I'll be updating with photos, video, and other neat tidbits as our President goes through the motions of taking the oath of office... again.

12:15 PM: And that's it. A 20 minute speech. Thoughts?

12:10 PM: Spoiler Alert: Below is the word cloud of President Obama's speech.

12:00 PM: If you'd rather read than watch the President's speech, it's available in full at the Wall Street Journal.

11:50 AM: And the President and Vice President have completed their ceremonial swearing-in. The President is speaking now.

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11:45 AM: I'll get today's video of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as soon as it's available. In the meantime, here's video of that Choir singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic from another event:

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11:00 AM: The Inaugural Speech is scheduled to begin at 11:50 AM, followed by an inaugural luncheon, the inaugural parade, the Commander and Chief Inaugural Ball, and finally the Inaugural Ball itself. More details here. Also, here's a picture of Newt Gingrich:

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10:15 AM: It's getting a little crowded on the National Mall.

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9:45 AM: Here's a picture of the Obama's attending church earlier this morning. Oddly enough, the President tweeted during services, something I imagine Michelle frowns on.

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