44 Memorable Photos From Obama’s Second Inauguration

Our 44th president got sworn in again. It was a big day.

1. Finishing touches are put in place before the sun rises.

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2. The sun slowly rises over the Capitol.

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3. People file into the Washington Mall.

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4. The Capitol is ready.

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5. People (and their flags) waited overnight to get a spot.

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6. An estimated 1 million people would watch Obama’s second inauguration in person.

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7. The podium is marked.

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8. The crowds gather.

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9. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is the first to his seat.

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He gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

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10. The president makes his way to Capitol Hill.

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11. The president arrives at the Capitol.

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12. Obama signs the inauguration proclamation.

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13. Signed, sealed, and delivered.

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14. The justices gather.

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15. America’s First Daughters arrive.

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Sasha and Malia were the true stars of the inauguration.

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16. Jay-Z and Beyonce follow.

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17. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are next.

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18. Obama!

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19. Hillary and Bill greet Barack.

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20. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of a fallen civil rights leader, delivers the invocation.

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Her husband, Medgar, was murdered in 1963.

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21. Obama takes in the moment.

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22. Obama and Biden shake hands.

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23. Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in again.

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24. As is President Obama.

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25. The crowd waves flags from the National Mall.

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26. The president delivers his inaugural address.

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27. “Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.”

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28. Obama calls for action on climate change, gay rights, and gun violence.

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Read his full speech here.

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29. Before a crowd of 1 million people.

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30. Kelly Clarkson sings “My Country Tis of Thee.”

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31. The Obamas look on.

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32. Beyonce sings the national anthem.

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It was fabulous.

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33. The dignitaries begin to file out.

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34. The president stops to take one last look at the assembled crowds.

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“I’m not going to see this again,” he said.

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35. And continues on his way.

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36. The Obamas and the Bidens.

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37. The president and First Lady leave for the Inaugural Parade.

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38. They wave to spectators along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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39. And look flawless.

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40. Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden join them on the parade route.

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41. Were you the person Biden gave a thumbs-up to?

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42. The First Couple show affection in the stands as they watch the parade.

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43. Michelle almost broke Twitter when she walked out in Jason Wu at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball

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44. The First Couple dance to “Let’s Stay Together.”

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Perfect choice.

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