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Live 2013 Presidential Inauguration Event Coverage

Live 2013 Presidential Inauguration Event Coverage

President Obama will take this second oath of office. The event will take place on Monday January 21, 2013. It happens to fall on the holiday of Martin Luther King. There will be less people attending this event than President Obama's first inaugural event in 2009. Security will be tight around the area and people should plan to leave early if they are attending the event and it is recommended that people attending the event get their flu shots. For people who cannot attend the event, they will be able to watch it online and on mobile app devices.

Both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take the oath of office on that day has well. Vice President Joe Biden will receive his oath by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and President Barack Obama will receive his oath by Chief Justice Supreme Court John Roberts.

Full President Obama 2013 Inauguration Video

Inauguration Schedule

President Barack Obama will be sworn in at a ceremony in the White House for his second four-year term on Sunday, January 20th, 2013. A public swearing-in will be held Monday January 21st, 2013 at the Capitol, followed by a parade from the Capitol to the White House.

Here is a guide to the main inauguration events schedule. All times are Eastern Time.


** 9:30 a.m.

National Day of Service Summit to honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the presidential inauguration. Speakers include Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria and Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

** 6 p.m.

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, attend children's concert at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate military families.

** 7 p.m.

Texas State Society's Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland.

** 7:30 p.m.

Iowa State Society holds "First in the Nation Celebration" ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

** 10 p.m.

Blisspop inauguration party at U Street Music Hall featuring electronic music star Moby


** About 8 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is officially sworn into office at his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.

** About 9 a.m.

President Obama and Vice President Biden participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

** 11:55 a.m.

President Obama is officially sworn into office in the Blue Room of the White House.

** 7 p.m.

Celebration of Latino arts and culture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event features actress Eva Longoria, singer Marc Anthony, actor Antonio Banderas, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.


** 9.a.m.

Former presidents, House of Representatives members, senators, governors and Cabinet designees begin to arrive at the U.S. Capitol for the public, ceremonial inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Biden.

** 9:30 a.m.

Fifth-grade chorus from Public School 22 in Staten Island, New York performs

** 10 a.m.

U.S. Marine Band performs

** 11:14 a.m.

First lady Michelle Obama takes her seat

** 11:18 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden takes his seat

** 11:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama takes his seat

** 11:35 a.m.

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, gives the invocation

** 11:38 a.m.

The Brooklyn (New York) Tabernacle Choir sings "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

** 11:46 a.m.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the vice presidential oath of office to Vice President Biden

** 11:50 a.m.

Singer James Taylor performs "America the Beautiful"

** 11:55 a.m.

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath of office to President Obama

** 11:56 a.m.

Trumpets perform "Ruffles and Flourishes" and the U.S. Marine Band performs "Hail to the Chief," followed by a 21-gun salute

** 12 p.m.

Obama delivers the inaugural address

** 12:21 p.m.

Singer Kelly Clarkson performs "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)"

** 12:26 p.m.

Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco reads a poem

** 12:30 p.m.

Benediction is delivered by the Rev. Luis Leon

** 12:34 p.m.

Singer Beyonce sings the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner"

** 12:39 p.m.

President Obama signs official documents. The Obamas then attend the inauguration luncheon at the Capitol with the Bidens

** 2:32 p.m.

Review of the troops

** 2:36 p.m.

The Obamas and Bidens begin the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House

** 6 p.m.

Commander-in-chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center with military personnel and their spouses. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.

** 6:30 p.m.

Official Inaugural Ball, at the Washington Convention Center. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.


** 10:30

National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

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2012 Campaign News: Obama second term: What it means for the world

[RobinsPost NewsWire]7 November 2012 Last updated at 05:53 ET
Barack Obama

Now that President Obama has won re-election, what will a second term mean for US relations with other countries?


The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen writes: In his victory speech President Obama told Americans that 10 years of war were ending. But turbulence in the Middle East means that military action, perhaps even new wars, will push back on to his agenda.

The Syrian war is leaking into neighbouring countries. Second term Obama is likely to authorise more support of the Syrian rebels, short of direct US military intervention.

An even bigger decision awaits on Iran. If by next summer the US and its key allies still believe that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, despite talks and sanctions, President Obama will have to decide whether or not to attack Iran's nuclear sites, or to give Israel a green light to go to war.

America has to build new relations with Arab countries that have elected Islamist political leaders, and to respond if the Arab uprisings continue to spread to its allies in the Gulf. Another crisis between Israel and the Palestinians is overdue. When it comes, Obama will be tempted to revive the push for peace he abandoned in his first term.

Behind every decision will be the knowledge that, despite its huge military power, America's political leverage in the Middle East is in decline. Compliant, reliable, authoritarian allies have been deposed. And a new generation that sees America as an adversary, not a friend, is being empowered.


The BBC's Chris Morris in Brussels writes: Europe will be waking up this morning with a general sigh of relief. Opinion polls have always shown President Obama to be more popular than Governor Romney across the continent - but for most governments, too, continuity in Washington is better than a changing of the guard. The US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner - as well as the President himself - has been closely involved in discussions on the eurozone. The EU is so embroiled in its internal debates on the eurozone crisis that it doesn't want any external distractions.

The EU has also been working closely with the Obama administration on a variety of foreign policy issues - Iran in particular. Even if some of the key personnel change in a second Obama term, the President's victory means there will be no dramatic change of course for European capitals to deal with.


The BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing writes: President Obama's victory comes just a day before the start of China's once-in-a-decade leadership change, so for China's leaders the focus for now is firmly at home - and not across the Pacific.

But during the US presidential campaign, both candidates were highly critical of China, taking Beijing to task over what they saw as the country's unfair trade practices. Some of the sting from those accusations could well linger long after election day. Relations between the two countries have been strained in recent years - particularly over economic issues.

Beijing is also deeply worried about President Obama's strategic "pivot" back to Asia. Some officials believe that Washington is trying to contain the rise of China. It will be these issues that will dominate arguably the most important diplomatic relationship in the world.


US troops in Afghanistan on 6 November, 2012The US might press for a quicker exit from Afghanistan

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul writes: Much in Afghanistan is viewed now through the prism of the ending of the US-led combat mission here. A change in Commander-in Chief was unlikely to make much of a difference to American policy - there was little difference between the candidates, aside from Mitt Romney's claim that he would listen more to generals on the ground.

The question facing President Obama is how quickly do the remaining troops come home, and how many are left here after 2014. Military commanders would like a more gradual withdrawal, and a force of 10,000 plus to remain. But the White House, with a renewed mandate, is likely to press for an accelerated exit, with fewer American soldiers and marines remaining to assist Afghan forces, after 2014.


The BBC's Mohsen Asgari in Tehran writes: Many in Iran were concerned that a Republican win would mean war, and believe a Barack Obama victory makes life safer for the people, because the US will move quickly to set up a new round of talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

However, some Iranian political activists believe that Barack Obama's victory will give rise to more pressures on Iran. "Barack Obama enjoys considerable popularity in the international community, which Romney really lacks, and it will help him reinforce the coalition against Iran and build up more pressure on the country," said Naser Hadian, a political professor at Tehran University.

Which would be more acceptable for Iran: Mr Romney and his Israeli allies imposing a cessation of uranium enrichment or a President Obama who might give Iran peaceful nuclear rights? From that viewpoint, Iranians are very happy to see Barack Obama once again in the White House.


The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad writes: Pakistan's military, which controls the country's national security policy, has traditionally felt more comfortable with Republican governments in the US. Democratic leaders, on the other hand, have tended to be rather cold towards it, due to its position on civil liberties, democracy and nuclear weapons.

During President Obama's first term, US-Pakistan relations appeared to have hit rock bottom. The US continued to express concern over Pakistan's alleged support for militant groups. Pakistan remained angry over drone strikes on its territory, the killing of Osama bin Laden in a covert US operation on Pakistani soil, and Nato attacks on some Pakistani border posts.

But Mr Obama's victory means the US' proposed "end game" in Afghanistan is likely to pick up steam, and from a Pakistani perspective, take on a clearer shape. Pakistan has been complaining that American strategy in Afghanistan is vague, and that its own potential role as an important player in the Afghan peace is being ignored.

Analysts here predict that the Obama victory is likely to increase pressure on the Pakistani establishment to facilitate US goals in Afghanistan.


The BBC's Will Grant in Mexico City writes: There was almost an audible sigh of relief in Mexico that it was the incumbent president who was re-elected. There is still a widely held perception in Mexico, and across the region, that the Republicans do not represent or understand the interests of Latinos in the US nor, by extension, of their families south of the border. Yet more undocumented immigrants have been deported under President Obama than under any other president since the 1950s.

Still, many in Latin America hope that a second Obama administration will strike up a better relationship with the US's regional neighbours. It is felt by many that, whether over political relations with Venezuela, the trade embargo on Cuba or the violent drug war in Mexico, Mr Obama has not really delivered on his promises on Latin America.

In many ways, though, the vote which will most affect Mexico was not the race for the White House, but the question of the legalisation of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado. Many analysts expect the decision to pass the measure to make a major dent into the massive profits of the country's powerful drug cartels. Marijuana is their main cash crop, worth an estimated 6 billion dollars a year through illegal trafficking.


The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg writes: President Barack Obama made only one, cursory trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. So how much will change in Mr Obama's second term? That question was, perhaps understandably, barely mentioned in an election campaign that focused on pressing domestic issues and the Arab uprisings.

Behind the scenes, American diplomacy will no doubt continue to be furiously in demand. The start of the second term is likely to be preoccupied with more of the same: international efforts to remove Al-Qaeda-linked rebels from the north of Mali - by force or negotiation or both - and efforts to ensure that Zimbabwe and Kenya avoid repeating the violence that wrecked their last elections.

So far, there is no sign of a grand "Obama Doctrine" for Africa - and perhaps that's a good thing, given the diversity and complexity of the continent. Mr Obama has left it to others to warn about the dangers posed by an insatiable China, but his second term may give him an opportunity to move away from the distorting "war on terror" preoccupations of Mali and Somalia, and focus on the broader issues - trade in particular - that he raised three years ago in Ghana.


The BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow: Russia has received the news of President Obama's re-election with cautious optimism. Moscow feels it knows President Obama: it has worked with him the last four years. And, after all, he is the man who famously launched the re-set in US-Russian relations.

But this will be no "buddy-buddy" relationship. President Obama may have hit it off with the previous Russian leader, Dmitry Medvedev (they once went to a burger bar together), but relations with Mr Putin are proving more challenging. There is concern in Washington at the current human rights situation in Russia; at the same time, there is suspicion in the Kremlin that the US is funding and supporting President Putin's opponents.

Add to all of this Moscow's concern at US plans for a missile defence shield in Europe, Nato's potential further enlargement to the east and major differences over the conflict in Syria, and it is clear the mutual distrust is growing. Time for a re-set of the re-set?

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2012 Campaign News: US election: Key issues

[RobinsPost NewsWire]7 November 2012 Last updated at 02:50 ET

Key issues Americans had to ponder as they chose to keep Barack Obama in office for another four years.

Key issues



US automobile worker


Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known as the stimulus, a $768bn (£489bn) package of tax cuts and investment in education, infrastructure, energy research, health, and other programs; Backed a bailout of the US auto industry; signed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea

Plan centers on tax cuts, repeal of Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law and repeal of 2010 Wall Street and banking regulations, and in general the reduction of other regulations he says stifle economic growth; Opposed the auto industry bailout; proposes to reduce federal spending significantly but gives few details about which programs he would cut

Hundred dollar bill being handed over


Has cut effective taxes for most Americans; would repeal Bush-era tax cuts for households making more than $250,000 a year; proposes the "Buffet rule" named for billionaire Warren Buffet, which would increase the effective tax rate paid by millionaires

Would make permanent all Bush-era tax cuts, further cut individual income tax rates, eliminate taxes on investment income, repeal the estate tax, and reduce the corporate income tax rate. According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, taxpayers at high income levels would see the greatest benefit. Would make up the revenue by closing unspecified tax loopholes

Military parade in Tehran


Says he is determined to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon; opposes a near-term military strike by US or Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities; emphasizes need for a diplomatic solution but warns "that window is closing" and has said "all options are at the table"; signed new sanctions against Iran's central bank, oil revenues and financial system

Says it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; says military action "remains on the table" and analysts say he presents a clearer military threat to Iran; would send Navy ships to patrol the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf; calls for more sanctions; would publicly back Iranian opposition groups

New York City Police officer

National security and war

Has killed much of al-Qaeda's leadership, including Osama Bin Laden; pulled US troops out of Iraq; agreed to a $487m reduction in defence spending over 10 years with congressional Republicans

Would spend heavily on military hardware and invest in missile defence, adding an estimated $100bn to the Pentagon's budget, while reducing the civilian defence bureaucracy

US soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan


Initially increased the number of troops in Afghanistan; has begun a draw-down of US troops with the combat mission to end by 2014

Has said his "goal" would be "a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014" but pledges to review withdrawal plans and base them "on conditions on the ground as assessed by our military commanders"

Bottle of pills


Vast 2010 healthcare reform law aims for universal health insurance coverage by requiring individuals who are not otherwise covered to purchase insurance, while restricting insurers' ability to deny coverage based on pre-existing ailments; The law offers states grants to increase enrolment of poor people in the Medicaid public insurance program.

Would seek repeal of Mr Obama's health law, though it is modelled on a law he signed in Massachusetts; would return most health policy to the states; would limit doctor malpractice lawsuits; would encourage individuals without insurance to buy it on the private market, including by purchasing it in other states with lighter coverage requirements and lower costs

US-Mexican border

Illegal immigration

Used executive power to grant legal status to certain young illegal immigrants, bypassing Republicans in Congress; Has dramatically increased deportations of illegal immigrants

Criticizes Mr Obama's "stopgap" measure on young illegal immigrants but does not say whether he would overturn it; Says the US should encourage migrants to "self-deport" by making life hard for them

Pro-choice and Pro-life protesters


Supports abortion rights; appointed two Supreme Court justices who appear to favour abortion rights

Says "My presidency will be a pro-life presidency", though he supported abortion rights when he was running for governor Massachusetts in 2002;

Supports overturning the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion and allowing states to decide whether abortion should be legal; would strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood women's health clinics

Cooling towers


Supports investment in clean energy such as wind turbines and advanced car batteries; tightened car fuel efficiency and emissions standards; blocked development of the Keystone oil pipeline to move oil sands crude from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, saying the US had not had sufficient time to judge its environmental impact

Would ease regulations hindering coal-burning power plants, oil exploration and nuclear power plant construction; would encourage drilling for oil in the Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves; proposes to ease regulations Pledges to build the Keystone pipeline

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2012 Campaign News: Crowds cheer at Obama victory

[RobinsPost NewsWire]7 November 2012 Last updated at 02:48 ET
President Obama at his victory speech

The evening had been gradually turning into a party in this rather cold aircraft hangar of a hall. But then one TV station after another flashed their predictions that President Barack Obama had won.

They danced, they cheered, they quite literally jumped for joy.

But perhaps the biggest shout of the night came when their opponent appeared on the giant screen and Mitt Romney very graciously conceded victory.

Then they had to wait.

The gigantic red curtains behind the stage drew apart to show another even bigger screen, and pictures of them, swaying, waving the flag. President Obama walked on - happy, smiling, with his wife, he held the hand of one daughter, the other patted him on the back. Then he spoke.

He said he would ask Mitt Romney to work with him... and then talked to the America outside the hall.

The president is challenging his opponents. For also newly re-elected with a fresh mandate are the Republicans in the House of Representatives.

He is asking them to work with him.

It will be hard, but for supporters here that is the future - this was a moment of history, a moment of joy and relief.

He ended amid a stream of red, white and blue confetti, more hugs more embraces.

This was an election campaign that had some extraordinary moments - but it was won by long, hard planning.

In 2008, they built a coalition forged in the white heat of passion. In 2012, they carefully constructed it, patiently persuading supporters to become voters.

Both candidates said this was a choice of two visions, and America has chosen.

The key appears to have been a big turnout of Democratic supporters - especially black people and Hispanics.

The ground game paid off.

There will be many problems ahead in a second term, but for the president's supporters, this is a moment of joy and relief.

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