By Jueseppi B.
But it’s not just President Obama’s agenda. It’s yours too.
President Obama needs to know that you’re behind him. Take the pledge and tell President Obama that you’re a strong supporter of his second-term agenda. Make sure you act before his inaugural address at noon tomorrow! Let’s get 150,000 strong united behind our President.
The inaugural ceremonies tomorrow are going to be incredible. But nothing will compare to how much we’ll accomplish over the next four years if we stand together.
Thanks for your support,
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stain shelves during a National Day of Service school improvement project at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand together in the Blue Room of the White House, before a brunch celebrating the Inauguration, Jan. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
By Megan Slack January 20, 2013 The White House Blog
Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21)
President Obama took the oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in the Blue Room of the White House, using a bible that belonged to First Lady Michelle Obama’s paternal grandparents.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Vice President Biden was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in front of family and friends in a ceremony at the Naval Observatory. Vice President Biden took the oath using the Biden family bible.
Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington DC, Jan. 20, 2013. Dr. Jill Biden holds the biden family Bible. Also pictured, from left, are: Maisy Biden, Hunter Biden, Naomi Biden, Finnegan Biden, Natalie Biden, Kathleen Biden, Hunter Biden, Ashley Biden, Howard Krein, Beau Biden and Hallie Biden. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
The President and Vice President also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Later today, they will attend an inaugural reception.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Major General Michael S. Linnington, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, D.C., accompanies them. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his second inaugural address from the Capitol. Tune in tomorrow to whitehouse.gov/inauguration to watch the public ceremony and speech live, starting at 11:00 a.m. EST.
Below, watch President Obama speak in his own words about what this inauguration means to him.
What this Inauguration Means to Our President
Published on Jan 18, 2013
President Obama talks about his favorite memories from his first Inauguration and what this Inauguration means to him.
By Colleen Curtis January 20, 2013 The White House Blog
The First and Second Ladies of the United States got an early start on the 2013 Inauguration celebrations at a concert honoring our military families.
The Kids Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future was hosted by Nick Cannon and featured artists including Katy Perry, Usher, the cast of “Glee,” Far East Movement and Mindless Behavior. JR Martinez, the Army hero who won “Dancing with the Stars,” also joined Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden for the event, which was held at the Washington Convention Center.
Dr. Biden said the concert was a chance to show military kids how much the country appreciates the sacrifices they make while their parents are serving.
The First Lady told the crowd that while she loves “every single minute” of the inaugural celebrations, the Kids Concert was the true highlight:
I have to tell you that my very favorite part of this entire weekend is being right here with all of you. 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.
The concert was held in support of Joining Forces, the initiative launched by Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.
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