Inauguration of 2013

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The definition of an inauguration is known as a formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a major political leader’s term of office. A ceremony in which the streets of Washington D.C are filled with not thousands, but millions of people. In every inauguration the president whom will serve the term must repeat the words “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” After repeating this oath, the president must kiss the Bible held for him by the Chancellor. This signifies the loyalty , honesty , integrity , and dignity the president must serve to us as a country . The second Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama was held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21, 2013. A week of festivities included the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring the elected President of the United States. The 20th Amendment states that the President must take the Oath of Office on January 20th. Since the 20th fell on a Sunday, a private swearing-in ceremony was held on that date and the public ceremony and parade were held on the following day. The official theme for the 2013 inauguration was “Faith in America’s Future,” commemorating the United States’ perseverance and unity, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863.

On Saturday, January 19 National Day of Service. Americans across the country participated in service projects in their communities to celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Service Summit was held on the National Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m . Special events and commemorative activities were also held around the region. Following was The Kids’ Inaugural Concert at 6 p.m. at the at the Washington Convention Center. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted the concert as part of their ongoing commitment to military families. The event was by invitation only. Performers included Black Violin, Far East Movement, Glee! cast members Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Naya Rivera, iLuminate, Katy Perry, Mindless Behavior, The Soul Children of Chicago and Usher.

On Sunday, January 20 ,The President and Vice President each participated in a small private swearing-in ceremony. Then on Monday, January 21 it was Inauguration Day. The day in which The actual Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Parade, and official Inaugural Balls took place. Afterwards on Tuesday, January 22 , The Inaugural National Prayer Service, took place at 10:30 a.m. in the Washington National Cathedral. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths attended the service which included prayer, readings and musical performances. The event was by invitation only and was webcasted live.The oath of office was administered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The program included musical selections by The United States Marine Band, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. The Invocation was given by Myrlie Evers-Williams and a poem was read by Richard Blanco.

The Oath of Office was administered by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor and the Oath of Office was administered to President Barack H. Obama. by the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr. Following the oath of office, the President gave his inaugural address, setting out his vision for America and goals for the nation. Following was the musical selection of The United States Marine Band PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland,...
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