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Inauguration 2013

Jan 22, 2013 — George Washington invoked the Almighty, but the word "God" wasn't used in an inaugural address until James Monroe. Since then, few presidents have missed the opportunity to put God in their inaugural speeches.
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Jan 21, 2013 — The inaugural ball is sort of a strange event — it's not really fancy, but everyone treats it like it is. People are determined to have the experience be special, even if the surroundings aren't.
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Jan 21, 2013 — Though wrung of much of the drama of his historic first inauguration, President Obama's efficient, specific and, at times, soaring address outshone his first with allusions to Lincoln, King and Kennedy. Speech experts and presidential historians weigh in on Obama's words and delivery.
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Jan 21, 2013 — As he walked up the steps and back into the Capitol today following his inaugural address, President Obama stoppedand turned around to look back. "I want to take a look," he could be heard saying, because "I'm not going to see this again."
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Jan 21, 2013 — President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights. Conservative and libertarian observers noted an "aggressive" approach to the speech.
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Jan 21, 2013 — "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," President Barack Obama said during his speech.
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Jan 21, 2013 — Stories of complications and quotations abound, from Nixon's second inauguration till today.
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Jan 21, 2013 — Staten Island's PS22 student choral group performs as people file onto the National Mall hoping for a glimpse of President Obama later.
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Jan 21, 2013 — Besides President Obama's oath and address, Monday's festivities will include an invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, Vice President Joe Biden's oath and poet Richard Blanco. Looking ahead to Obama's second term, politics in Washington seems as broken and gridlocked as ever.
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Jan 21, 2013 — A group of women traveled 18 hours by train from Chicago to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day. We hear about why they and others decided to attend this year's festivities, which fall on Martin Luther King Day.
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