57TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES

BARACK H.

OBAMA

January 21, 2013

JOSEPH R.

BIDEN

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.

INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH)

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES

The Swearing-In Ceremony:

Barack H. Obama was sworn-in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, and Joseph R. Biden was sworn-in for his second term as the 47th Vice President of the United States.

Location:

West Front, U.S. Capitol

Weather:

At noon: 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.

Bible:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible

THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES

The Swearing-In Ceremony:

Barack H. Obama was sworn-in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, and Joseph R. Biden was sworn-in for his second term as the 17th Vice President of the United States.

Location:

West Front, U.S. Capitol

Weather:

At noon: 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.

Bible:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible

OPENING MUSICAL SELECTION

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

PS 22 Chorus—Staten Island, New York

Lee University Festival Choir—Cleveland, Tennessee

CALL TO ORDER AND
WELCOMING REMARKS

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

INVOCATION

Myrlie Evers-Williams


MUSICAL SELECTION

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


VICE PRESIDENTIAL
OATH OF OFFICE

Administered to Joseph R. Biden Jr.
by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor,
Associate Justice of
The Supreme Court of the
United States


MUSICAL SELECTION
James Taylor

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


INAUGURAL ADDRESS
President Barack H. Obama


MUSICAL SELECTION
Kelly Clarkson


POEM
Richard Blanco

BENEDICTION
The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon


THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Beyoncé

OPENING MUSICAL SELECTION

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

PS 22 Chorus—Staten Island, New York

Lee University Festival Choir—Cleveland, Tennessee

CALL TO ORDER AND
WELCOMING REMARKS

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

INVOCATION

Myrlie Evers-Williams


MUSICAL SELECTION

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


VICE PRESIDENTIAL
OATH OF OFFICE

Administered to Joseph R. Biden Jr.
by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor,
Associate Justice of
The Supreme Court of the
United States


MUSICAL SELECTION
James Taylor

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


INAUGURAL ADDRESS
President Barack H. Obama

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MUSICAL SELECTION
Kelly Clarkson


POEM
Richard Blanco

BENEDICTION
The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon


THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Beyoncé

THE SIGNING CEREMONY

Following the Swearing-In Ceremonies, the President gathers in the President’s Room just off of the Senate Chamber to sign nominations and sometimes memorandums, proclamations, or executive orders. President Obama, surrounded by the JCCIC Members and the Vice President, signs the first official actions of his second term.

 

THE SIGNING CEREMONY

Following the Swearing-In Ceremonies, the President gathers in the President’s Room just off of the Senate Chamber to sign nominations and sometimes memorandums, proclamations, or executive orders. President Obama, surrounded by the JCCIC Members and the Vice President, signs the first official actions of his second term.

 

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosted a luncheon in honor of the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership attended­­ the event in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosted a luncheon in honor of the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership attended­­ the event in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

INAUGURAL PAINTING

Niagara Falls
Ferdinand Richardt
Oil on canvas, 1856
Courtesy of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms,
U.S. Department of State,
Washington, D.C.

Niagara Falls, a painting by Ferdinand Richardt, is a panoramic view of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, capturing the sweep of the river.

In the foreground, the sidewheeler Maid-of-the-Mist can be seen navigating the rapids. Completed at a time when America’s history as an independent nation was not yet a century old, Richardt’s painting symbolized to Americans of that era the grandeur, power, and possibility of America.

A Danish artist, Richardt (1819-1895) came to America in 1855. He is best known for his depictions of Niagara Falls and composed this painting in 1856 as the seventeenth in a series. The New York Evening Post proclaimed it to be one of the most accurate views of Niagara Falls ever exhibited. The painting, displayed above the head table, was loaned by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Presidential and Vice Presidential Gifts

The President and Vice President are presented with gifts by the Congress on behalf of the American people. For the 7th consecutive Inauguration, Lenox Corporation has created the official Inaugural gifts—etched crystal vases.

The images of the United States Capitol and White House are hand cut and etched into the crystal. The crystal bases on which the vases sit are inscribed “Barack H. Obama, January 21, 2013, the Presidential Inaugural” and “Joseph R. Biden, January 21, 2013, the Vice-Presidential Inaugural”.

 President Obama will receive the vase depicting the White House and Vice President Biden will receive the vase depicting the United States Capitol. The bowls were designed by Timothy Carder and hand-cut by master glass cutter Peter O’Rourke.

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

INVOCATION
Reverend Luis Cortés

LUNCHEON

First Course: Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder

Second Course: Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake & Wild Huckleberry Reduction

Third Course: Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese & Honey


PRESENTATION OF FLAGS

John Boehner, Speaker,
United States House of Representatives

Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader,
United States House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader,
United States House of Representatives


PRESENTATION OF
THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL PHOTO

Lamar Alexander,
United States Senate


PRESENTATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL GIFTS
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

The President and Vice President are presented with gifts by the Congress on behalf of the American people. For the 7th consecutive Inauguration, Lenox Corporation has created the official Inaugural gifts—engraved crystal bowls.

BENEDICTION
Archbishop Demetrios of Americaives

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

INVOCATION
Reverend Luis Cortés

LUNCHEON

First Course: Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder

Second Course: Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake & Wild Huckleberry Reduction

Third Course: Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese & Honey


PRESENTATION OF FLAGS

John Boehner, Speaker,
United States House of Representatives

Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader,
United States House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader,
United States House of Representatives


PRESENTATION OF
THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL PHOTO

Lamar Alexander,
United States Senate


PRESENTATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL GIFTS
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

The President and Vice President are presented with gifts by the Congress on behalf of the American people. For the 7th consecutive Inauguration, Lenox Corporation has created the official Inaugural gifts—engraved crystal bowls.

BENEDICTION
Archbishop Demetrios of Americaives

PASS IN REVIEW

President Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden, along with Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, U.S. Army, is commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), stand on the steps of the East Front to participate in the Pass in Review prior to departing the Capitol for the Inaugural Parade to the White House.

PASS IN REVIEW

President Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden, along with Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, U.S. Army, is commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), stand on the steps of the East Front to participate in the Pass in Review prior to departing the Capitol for the Inaugural Parade to the White House.