1. Finishing touches are put in place before the sun rises.
2. The sun slowly rises over the Capitol.
3. People file into the Washington Mall.
4. The Capitol is ready.
5. People (and their flags) waited overnight to get a spot.
6. An estimated 1 million people would watch Obama’s second inauguration in person.
7. The podium is marked.
8. The crowds gather.
9. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is the first to his seat.
He gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
10. The president makes his way to Capitol Hill.
11. The president arrives at the Capitol.
12. Obama signs the inauguration proclamation.
13. Signed, sealed, and delivered.
14. The justices gather.
15. America’s First Daughters arrive.
Sasha and Malia were the true stars of the inauguration.
16. Jay-Z and Beyonce follow.
17. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are next.
19. Hillary and Bill greet Barack.
20. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of a fallen civil rights leader, delivers the invocation.
Her husband, Medgar, was murdered in 1963.
21. Obama takes in the moment.
22. Obama and Biden shake hands.
23. Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in again.
24. As is President Obama.
25. The crowd waves flags from the National Mall.
27. “Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.”
28. Obama calls for action on climate change, gay rights, and gun violence.
Read his full speech here.
29. Before a crowd of 1 million people.
30. Kelly Clarkson sings “My Country Tis of Thee.”
31. The Obamas look on.
32. Beyonce sings the national anthem.
It was fabulous.
33. The dignitaries begin to file out.
34. The president stops to take one last look at the assembled crowds.
“I’m not going to see this again,” he said.
35. And continues on his way.
36. The Obamas and the Bidens.
37. The president and First Lady leave for the Inaugural Parade.
38. They wave to spectators along Pennsylvania Avenue.
39. And look flawless.
40. Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden join them on the parade route.
41. Were you the person Biden gave a thumbs-up to?
42. The First Couple show affection in the stands as they watch the parade.
43. Michelle almost broke Twitter when she walked out in Jason Wu at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball
44. The First Couple dance to “Let’s Stay Together.”
- An arrest warrant has been issued for Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina in connection with a corruption case involving the highest levels of the government. ›
- Senate Democrats have secured enough votes to uphold the Iran nuclear deal when Congress votes on it later this month. ›
- A new study says there are 3 trillion trees on Earth — much more than previously thought. But we're losing them fast 🌳 ›