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Inauguration Parade Route Through Washington, D.C.

The Inaugural Parade is scheduled to commence at 2:30 p.m. today (Monday), and is absolutely massive. The giant parade will feature eight official floats, 60 various organizations such as mounted units and cultural groups, and many processions of military units in full dress uniform.

Over 8,800 people – and around 200 animals! – will take place in the parade, which will march down Pennsylvania Avenue following the ceremony. The parade will begin soon after the president finalizes paperwork cementing himself as the legally recognized leader of the United States as well as after he finishes a lavish 3-course luncheon featuring delicacies such as steamed lobster, hickory-grilled bison, and butternut squash purée.

Obama Inauguration Speech Full Text

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 have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. 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.

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, 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. This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. 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.

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. 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.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we 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. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. 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.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries - we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure - our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.

We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully - not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. 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. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice - not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

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.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. 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. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. 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. 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. That is our generation’s task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction - and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time - not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

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Obama Inauguration Speech 2013 Quotes and Highlights

"The most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is still the star that guides us still."

"We are made for this moment and we can seize it as long as we seize it together." 

"That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God."

"America’s prosperity rests on the broad shoulders of America’s middle class."

"We do not believe … freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few."

"We are the ones that will turn sworn enemies into the surest of friends."

“Gay brothers and sisters treated equal under law.”

"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

"Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

"If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

"Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote."

"That is our generation’s task – to make...these values – of Life & Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American."

"Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life."

“We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.”

"The words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty."

"With passion & dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom."

"You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course."

"Let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom."

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YouTube Obama Inauguration Speech LIVE Stream: Watch the President Give His Address

After officially being sworn in on Sunday, President Barack Obama will have his public swearing in on Monday in front of hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington mall. 

Coinciding with the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Obama's second inauguration will see the president go through a number of honorary events, climaxing with his inauguration speech and parade through Washington. 

The honarary speech will start around 11:30 a.m. with Obama expected to give remarks at noon.

Fun fact: After Monday's events Obama will become the second president to be sworn in four times ... thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts's presidential oath stumble in 2009 and his double oath duty this year, joining Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt. 

ABC News and Yahoo! News have also come together to jointly produce live stream coverage of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama across ABCNews.com, Yahoo! News, GoodMorningAmerica.com, ABC News’ iPad & iPhone apps, ABC News affiliate websites, as well as on the ABC News YouTube channel.

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Inauguration Day Crowds Boo Paul Ryan

Even though President Obama's inauguration crowd total is down from 09, it's still more than twice the number that came for George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration.

Four years ago, the National Mall was packed with record crowds -- over 2 million people.

Nearly six out of 10 Americans said they plan to watch at least some of the ceremony, according to a Rasmussen poll.

That's a smaller crowd than planned to tune in four years ago, according to Rasmussen. The projection for this year breaks down as follows: 18% said they intend to watch all of the inauguration, 14% said they'll watch most of it, and 26% said they'll watch at least some.

Obama's 2013 inauguration will be a massive undertaking involving 250,000 free tickets, 147 parade horses, 23 miles of electrical cable, and 1,100 portable toilets. Two-hundred police officers from around the country will be temporarily deputized as Metro Transit Police officers to help with security. 

Not everyone got a warm welcome from the cheering crowds in the Washington mall. Paul Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, was reportedly boo'd by the crowds. 

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What Time is Inauguration 2013?

On Monday, January 21, at noon at his ceremonial swearing-in at the United States Capitol, President Obama will place his hand on two Bibles, one owned by President Lincoln, the other by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recite the 35-word presidential oath of office written in the Constitution. Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden Family Bible.

The honarary speech will start around 11:30 a.m. with Obama expected to give remarks at noon.

Fun fact: After Monday's events Obama will become the second president to be sworn in four times ... thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts's presidential oath stumble in 2009 and his double oath duty this year, joining Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt. 

Here is a viewer's guide for the 57th Presidential Inaugural, from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies : 9:00 AM VIPs begin arriving (Former Presidents, Governors, Members of the House of Representatives, United States Senate, Cabinet designees) ... 11:08 AM Biden family announced and seated ... 11:09 AM Obama family announced and seated ... 11:12 AM Dr. Jill Biden announced and seated ... 11:14 AM First Lady Michelle Obama announced and seated ... 11:18 AM Vice President Joe Biden announced and seated ... 11:20 AM President Barack Obama announced and seated ... 11:30 AM Chairman Schumer delivers opening remarks ... 11:34 AM Chairman Schumer introduces Myrlie Evers-Williams ... 11:35 AM Invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams ... 11:42 AM Chairman Schumer introduces Senator Alexander ... 11:44 AM Senator Alexander welcomes and introduces Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor ... 11:46 AM Vice Presidential Oath administered ... 11:46 AM Herald Trumpets perform four "Ruffles and Flourishes" and U.S. Marine Band performs "Hail Columbia" ... 11:49 AM Chairman Schumer introduces James Taylor ... 11:50 AM James Taylor performs ... 11:54 AM Chairman Schumer introduces Chief Justice John G. Roberts

11:55 AM Presidential oath is administered ... 11:56 AM Herald Trumpets perform 4 'Ruffles and Flourishes' and the U.S. Marine Band performs "Hail to the Chief." Twenty one gun salute ... 11:59 AM Chairman Schumer introduces the President ... 12:00 PM Inaugural address ... 12:20 PM Schumer introduces Kelly Clarkson ... 12:21 PM Kelly Clarkson performs ... 12:25 PM Schumer introduces the poet, Richard Blanco ... 12:26 PM Richard Blanco reads poem ... 12:29 PM Chairman Schumer introduces Reverend Dr. Luis León ... 12:30 PM Benediction delivered by Reverend Dr. Luis León ... 12:33 PM Schumer introduces Beyoncé to perform the National Anthem ... 12:34 PM Beyoncé performs the National Anthem ... 12:39 PM President's Room signing ceremony ... 1:06 PM POTUS and Schumer should arrive to start the luncheon ... 2:32 PM Review of the troops ... 2:36 PM President and Mrs. Obama, and Vice President and Dr. Biden leaves with parade.

History of the Presidential Inauguration: All But 3 Inaugurations Have Taken Place in Washington

Washington, D.C., has been home to every presidential inauguration ceremony but three – most notably our nation’s first.

When George Washington was elected the first American president in the spring of 1789, the news took several days to reach him at his Mount Vernon home, outside of modern day Washington, D.C. The newly-elected executive rode on horseback to the site of the first Inaugural ceremony, New York City’s Federal Hall on what is now Wall St. in Manhattan’s financial district. 

Many traditions have remained throughout the history of this uniquely American experience. The inaugural parade dates back to George Washington’s inauguration in 1789, when he was accompanied by local militias on the way to Federal Hall. Thomas Jefferson charted the modern-day parade route in 1805 when he rode on horseback from the Capitol to the White House after being sworn in for his second term. What began as a spontaneous processional behind Jefferson of local workers and a Marine band evolved into a tradition that continues to this day. 

Despite the many traditions, no presidential inauguration is the same. Washington’s second Inaugural Address was the shortest, at 135 words, and William Henry Harrison’s 8,500-word address was the longest, taking two hours to deliver. Ronald Reagan’s two swearings-in set records for both the warmest and the coldest weather for January Inaugurations: it was 55 degrees for his first, in 1981, and 7 degrees with a -20 degree wind chill on the day of his second Inaugural in 1985. 

The 57th presidential inauguration is not just a celebration of a president. It’s a celebration of the American people. In good times and moments of great challenge, it is our people who have seen us through. That’s why the theme of President Obama and Vice President Biden’s second Inauguration is “Our People. Our Future.” It’s a reminder that, as President Obama has said, our destinies are not written for us, but by us – the strength of America depends on the strength of our people.

Obama to Take Presidential Oath On Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln Bible

Barack Obama will use two Bibles when he takes the presidential oath of office: one owned by Abraham Lincoln, and another by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights struggle. “If it hadn’t been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack Obama as president.”

The only other time a presidential inauguration coincided with the King holiday was in 1997. In his speech, President Bill Clinton invoked the civil rights icon, saying, “Thirty-four years ago, the man whose life we celebrate today spoke to us down there at the other end of this Mall in words that moved the conscience of a nation.”

“Martin Luther King’s dream was the American Dream. His quest is our quest: the ceaseless striving to live out our true creed. Our history has been built on such dreams and labors."

When is the Inaugural Address? Obama Will Address Nation at Noon

Obama's inaugural address will be at noon eastern standard time on Monday, January 21, 2013, directly following his public oath of office.

Obama will give the address from the steps of the U.S. Capitol while hundreds of thousands gather on the National Mall.

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Inauguration Day 2013 LIVE: Obama Starts Historic Second Term

President Barack Obama's second inaugration will be held publically on Monday. The president will have a separate, private swearing in on Sunday.

The Sunday event will be a brief, sparsely attended ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office on Sunday just before noon, the time the Constitution says his second term begins. Obama's family will attend, along with only a few reporters (it was originally announced as a no-media event), and Obama isn't expected to make a speech.

The Constitution requires the president's term to start on Jan. 20, but because that falls on a Sunday this year, Obama will have two ceremonies: one on Sunday and a larger, public ceremony on Monday, followed by a parade and inaugural balls.

Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in during a separate ceremony Sunday morning at the Naval Observatory.

Nearly six out of 10 Americans said they plan to watch at least some of the ceremony, according to a Rasmussen poll.

That's a smaller crowd than planned to tune in four years ago, according to Rasmussen. The projection for this year breaks down as follows: 18% said they intend to watch all of the inauguration, 14% said they'll watch most of it, and 26% said they'll watch at least some.

Obama's 2013 inauguration will be a massive undertaking involving 250,000 free tickets, 147 parade horses, 23 miles of electrical cable, and 1,100 portable toilets. Two-hundred police officers from around the country will be temporarily deputized as Metro Transit Police officers to help with security. 

The inaugration kicks off on TV Sunday, January 20, with a special report on the president’s official oath of office at 11:55 a.m. EST, followed by continuous coverage on Monday, January 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST.

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