57th Inaugural Luncheon

The 57th Presidential

Inaugural Luncheon

Barack H. Obama

"Faith in America's Future"

January 20, 2013

Program

Welcome &
Opening Remarks

Charles E. Schumer

Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party.

Invocation

Reverend Luis Cortés

The Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr. is the Founder, President and CEO of Esperanza, the premiere Hispanic faith-based Evangelical network in the United States. Driven by the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40), Rev. Cortés founded Esperanza in 1986, with support from the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia.

Presentations and Toasts

Charles E. Shumer
Lamar Alexander
John A. Boehner

Benediction

Archbishop Demetrios
of America

Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America was born Demetrios Trakatellis in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 1, 1928. In 1950 he graduated with distinction from the University of Athens School of Theology. In 1960 he was ordained a deacon, and in 1964 a priest.

Painting

Niagara Falls

by Ferdinand Richardt
Oil on Canvas, 1856


Courtesy of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State, Washington DC.

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 Postproclaimed 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.

Gifts