The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Barack H. Obama

Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, January 21, 2013


Musical Selections

The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections

PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

  • Charles E. Schumer

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Myrlie Evers-Williams

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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Joseph R. Biden Jr. by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Musical Selection

James Taylor

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Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Barack H. Obama by the Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States.

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Inaugural Address

‘ Vice President Biden, Mr.’

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(Time: 18 minutes, 42 seconds; Words: 2089)

Musical Selection

Kelly Clarkson

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Richard Blanco


The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon

The National Anthem


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West Front,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


Noon conditions: Temperature: 40°. Mostly cloudy with broken mid and high clouds. South winds around 10 mph. Turned colder and breezy during the evening behind an arctic cold front.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

Inaugural Committee

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Theme: Faith in America’s Future

“Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers pressed onward, even without pay, until Congress approved additional funding to complete the Dome that would become a symbol of unity and democracy to the entire world.

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Slideshow and Videos

Inaugural Ceremonies for Barack Obama, January 20, 2013

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Chairman Schumer Makes Apple Pie

The Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Senator Charles E. Schumer, tries his hand at making the dessert for the Inaugural Luncheon. After lobster and bison, guests will enjoy a Hudson Valley Apple Pie.

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2013 Platform Construction

Every four years the Inaugural platform is constructed entirely from scratch. Watch a slideshow of the 2013 platform being built.