The 57th Presidential

Inauguration

Barack H. Obama

January 21, 2013

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.

Opening Musical

Selections


The United States Marine Band


PS 22 Chorus

Staten Island, New York


Lee University Festival Choir

Cleveland, Tennessee

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

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 U.S. Supreme Court.


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

‘ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Musical Selection

Kelly Clarkson

Poem

Richard Blanco

Benediction

The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon

The National Anthem

Beyoncé

Facts, Firsts &

Precedents

Location
West Front, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Weather
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.
Bible
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible
Inaugural Committee