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Inauguration: President Obama Urges Americans To 'Move Forward Together' (VIDEO)

21/01/2013 17:46 | Updated 28 January 2013

President Obama urged a “common effort” to ensure life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are made real for every American, during his inaugural address in Washington DC on Monday.

“We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names,” he said.

“What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘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.’”

“Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.

He added: “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob."

Stumbling over the words a little, Obama took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and watched by a crowd of hundreds of thousands of in the US capital.

Obama is only the 17th president to be sworn in for a second time and is the third two-term president in a row after Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

The president appeared relaxed, chatting to dignitaries including former presidents as he waked out on in front of the US Capitol building.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Obama tweeted: “I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go.”

Obama formally took the oath on Sunday, as by law presidents have to take office on 20 January. However the fact Monday’s event was purely ceremonial did not appear to dampen the sprits of the crowd who cheered wildly and shouted the president’s name as he began his speech.

This year’s inauguration fell on Martin Luther King Day, a public holiday that marks the birthday of the civil rights leader. Obama, the first African-American president, said that through “blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword”, the US learned that “no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free”.

And Obama used his speech to call for Americans to “move forward together” and urged greater equality for women, gay people and immigrants.

“We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few,” he said.

He added: “Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”

Obama also used his address to insist his administration would attempt to tackle climate change, arguing that ignoring it would "betray our children and future generations".

"Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms," he said.

In the midst of a national debate about gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting Obama signalled he intended to try and challenge the status quo.

"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm," he said.

"We have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."

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01/25/2013 1:48 PM EST

The Capitol At Sunset

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The U.S. Capitol is shown following the public ceremonial inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

01/21/2013 9:34 PM EST

Latest News From The Inauguration With Jason Linkins

01/21/2013 9:12 PM EST

First Lady: 'I'm So Proud'

@ FLOTUS :

Just danced to "Let's Stay Together" with the love of my life and the President of the United States. I’m so proud of Barack. –mo

01/21/2013 9:10 PM EST

Wu, Choo Again For FLOTUS

HuffPost reports:

It seems like only yesterday that First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at the Inaugural Ball in that sparkling white gown and immediately made Jason Wu a household name.

Four years later, at the Obamas' second and final inauguration, Michelle stunned in a long high-neck red Jason Wu gown with velvet details and an armful of sparkly bangles. She wore Jimmy Choo shoes, and a ring by Kimberly McDonald.

Click here to read more and see a photo of FLOTUS's gown.

01/21/2013 8:33 PM EST

Obama, Roberts Inscribed Traveling King Family Bible

Per a White House pool report:

From a WH official: After today's swearing in ceremony at the Capitol this afternoon, at the request of the King family, the President and Chief Justice Roberts inscribed the traveling King family Bible.

01/21/2013 7:24 PM EST

Inaugural Ball Main Floor: Cash Bar And Peanuts

Guests at Monday night's main inaugural ball for President Obama will be well served to eat a hearty dinner beforehand, and bring plenty of cash.

The main ballroom floor of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was festooned with disco balls and thumping Madonna's "Holiday" as the doors opened to guests at around 6:45 p.m., but the bars and food tables were far from lavish: A cash bar required that customers purchase drink tickets from a separate location, while the food laid out on tables consisted of peanuts and pretzels.

Inauguration officials said in December that this year's festivities would be scaled back -- Obama's first inauguration included 10 balls, a fireworks show and a Bruce Springsteen concert. This time around only two official balls were scheduled, the main ball and the Commander In Chief's Ball, for military personnel and VIPs.

The main ballroom space was the least exclusive of the various events taking place tonight in the convention center -- upper floors contained various receptions for donors, diplomats and administration officials. Still, tickets for the main ball initially sold for $1,000, a lot of money to pay for for pretzels and a cash bar.

The cost of tickets was cut to $500 in recent weeks, leading to speculation that inauguration fundraising was lagging behind expectations.

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-- Christina Wilkie

01/21/2013 6:49 PM EST

WATCH: Sasha Yawns During Dad's Inauguration Speech

HuffPost reports:

A .gif of Sasha Obama is becoming quite the viral smash, after the younger First Daughter was caught yawning during her father's inauguration speech.

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According to the Atlantic Wire, 11-year-old Sasha's mighty yawn was captured on camera Monday while President Obama was speaking about education policy.

"No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people," the president had said, before pausing for applause.

Click here to read more.

01/21/2013 6:37 PM EST

Crowd Estimates Are In

@ ChadPergram :

DC's security and emergency mgt agency says turnout for #inaug2013 was 800,000 and maybe higher.

01/21/2013 5:51 PM EST

Obamas' Inauguration Kiss Captured By Sasha & Malia On Cell Phones

HuffPost reports:

Most kids get squeamish at the sight of their parents canoodling, but Sasha and Malia Obama love them some good parental PDA.

While watching the Inauguration Day Parade on Monday, the First Daughters got President and Michelle Obama to pose for a quick kiss -- and captured it on their cell phones. First FLOTUS gave her best duck face, then she and POTUS locked lips ever so briefly... then Malia and Sasha examined the results on their small screens and tried out some duck faces of their own.

Click here to read more.

01/21/2013 5:44 PM EST

Sasha And Malia Obama To Hit Teen Milestones

The AP reports:

That's how it goes with kids. You hardly notice how fast they're growing up, then suddenly big sis is nearly as tall as Mom and the little one is a tween, gently sassing Dad.

On the inaugural platform again four years later, a more mature Malia Obama, 14, and Sasha, 11, smiled, sometimes giggled, and chatted with their cousin Avery Robinson as they awaited their father's arrival. Sasha bounced on her feet a bit as if chilly in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, and later huddled in her seat. Malia, looking poised in calf-high black boots, rivaled her mother's 5 feet 11 inches. Like any girls their age, they whipped out their smartphones in the parade reviewing stand to take photos.

Click here to read more.

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Inauguration lunch happening right now in Statuary Hall. twitter.com/jbendery/statu…

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Once the Inauguration luncheon wraps up in Statuary Hall, the parade from the Capitol to the White House is scheduled to begin around 2:35 p.m. It will start on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, head west along Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, and end at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.

Crowds began claiming prime spots along the processional route early Monday morning. After the swearing-in ceremony concluded, security checkpoints to access the viewing spots along the parade route were swarmed by additional Inauguration-goers.

-- Michael Grass

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President Obama and First Lady walking into fancy, post-inauguration lunch in the Capitol. twitter.com/jbendery/statu…

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) January 21, 2013

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After the inaugural festivities at the U.S. Capitol ended, Obama sent an email to supporters saying \"thank you\":

I just renewed my oath of office to serve as your president for four more years.

Thank you for making this possible. It's an honor to be your president.

Now it's time to finish what we started -- let's get going.

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After the inaugural festivities at the U.S. Capitol ended, Obama sent an email to supporters saying \"thank you\":

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The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reports:

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, delivered on a crisp, overcast day at the nation’s capital, was an unapologetic one.

The president, who has spent the first four years navigating Washington as much as shaping it, used his platform on Monday to announce that his next four years will be marked by a more assertive approach. The speech wasn't devoid of the classic, Obama-esque ideal that the country itself, and the two political parties in particular, must come together for the common good. But the appeal he made wasn’t so much to the good nature of each individual lawmaker as it was to the need to confront the severity of the issues at hand.

The president talked about protecting entitlement programs upon which the elderly and the most vulnerable in society depend.

Click here to read more.

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As crowds disperse after the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony, Metro transit officials have urged crowds to delay their return rail trips. A disabled train has caused big delays along the Orange and Blue lines between D.C. and Virginia. Earlier, the transit agency reported a track problem along the Red Line at the Van Ness station.

Many Inauguration-goers have been stuck in security checkpoints heading to viewing spots along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.

-- Michael Grass

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@ mpoindc :

\"You should take this inaugural address and the State of the Union together as a package,\" Valerie Jarrett says on NBC. #NBCPolitics

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@ jbendery :

Capitol police officer says no medical problems amid Statuary Hall luncheon. Stretcher outside is \"just a precaution.\"

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\"ZekeJMiller\"

@ ZekeJMiller :

Twitter: 1.1 million tweets during Inaugural ceremony

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The White House pool reports:

Before departing for the Capitol, the President and the First Lady had tea and coffee with the leadership of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and their spouses and Chiefs of Staff at the White House.

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\"MargieJPhelps\"

@ MargieJPhelps :

Historic event. #antichrist #Obama #murdering #babies #fag #advocate

#FagMarriageDoomsNations

Flee the wrath to come! http://t.co/edrE4POB

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\"JustinOArnold\"

@ JustinOArnold :

@jonward11 If you watched the CSPAN feed you could hear him say \"I want to look out one more time because I'll never see this again\"

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\"markknoller\"

@ markknoller :

With Congressional Leaders looking on, Pres Obama signs proclamation and four nominations to the Senate (CIA, Defense, State, Treasury).

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\"foxnewsradio\"

@ foxnewsradio :

Pres Obama will also sign several nominations; Sen. Kerry/Sec State, Brennan/CIA Dir, Hagel/Defense Sec, Lew/Treasury Sec (@Majchrowitz)

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HuffPost reports:

President Obama made history today when he mentioned both the Stonewall uprising and gay and lesbian people being treated \"like anyone else under the law\" during his second inauguration speech.

\"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths -- that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall...\" he said.

Click here to read more.

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HuffPost reports:

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared less than thrilled during Richard Blanco's inaugural poem reading.

\"ericcantorhatespoetry\"

(via HuffPost Comedy)

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) appeared less than thrilled during Richard Blanco's inaugural poem reading.

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President Obama took direct aim in his inaugural address at the Randian rhetoric that animates the politics of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his conservative followers in the House and around the country, arguing that the United States is \"not a nation of takers.\"

For Ryan, the country is divided between \"takers\" and \"makers.\" He generally puts the number of the former at around a third, with the remainder in the producing category. The dichotomy has been a regular part of his rhetorical repertoire for years, and was elevated during the presidential campaign as Ryan sought the vice presidency.

Ryan argues that social insurance programs that are central to Western welfare states sap the citizenry of ambition. Obama took direct aim at that contention on Monday. \"The commitments we make to each other -- through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security -- these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great,\" he said.

-- Ryan Grim

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\"ABCPolitics\"

@ ABCPolitics :

LIVE UPDATE: @Beyonce performs the national anthem. http://t.co/86qBdNWx

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\"obama

--Getty Images

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--Getty Images

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\"washingtonpost\"

@ washingtonpost :

Richard Blanco is the first gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet. He's also the youngest. http://t.co/UNPvhC21 #inaug2013

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\"nprpolitics\"

@ nprpolitics :

Well, Kelly Clarkson is on to perform now.

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\"DCPoliceDept\"

@ DCPoliceDept :

16th Street is CLOSED south of K street NW due to protesters. MPD is on scene. Avoid area #inaug2013 http://t.co/pj4ttnhx

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\"aterkel\"

@ aterkel :

Obama calls for equal pay, equal rights for gays and lesbians, and better voting rights access. Lots of cheers #inaug2013

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\"BarackObama\"

@ BarackObama :

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still.

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\"gov\"

@ gov :

18,712 #Inauguration-related Tweets per min as @BarackObama sworn in at #Inaug2013. Oath of Office in 2009 was 3,210 TPM.

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The White House provides Obama's full remarks as prepared for delivery:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“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.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

Click here to read more.

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The White House provides Obama's full remarks as prepared for delivery:

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\"ryanjreilly\"

@ ryanjreilly :

Anti-drones protest #inauguration http://t.co/ZRN7twfE

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\"CBSNews\"

@ CBSNews :

HAPPENING NOW: President Barack Obama delivers the Inaugural Address. WATCH: http://t.co/aOAT21XF #inaug2013

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\"nprpolitics\"

@ nprpolitics :

The president is now taking the oath with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

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\"thedailybeast\"

@ thedailybeast :

James Taylor, everybody!

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\"washingtonpost\"

@ washingtonpost :

WATCH LIVE #VIDEO: Sotomayor administering oath of office to Biden now http://t.co/Vfk4EaLS #inaug2013

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Some people are beginning to walk off the mall near the Washington Monument as a big-screen TV freezes and sporadically goes black.

\"You kidding me?\" one woman yelled.

The people here don't have tickets -- but they came out anyway. Now, they can barely hear, with sound going to robotic static and then a few lines of full sound.

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\"You kidding me?\" one woman yelled.

The people here don't have tickets -- but they came out anyway. Now, the...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"01/21/2013 11:45 AM EST","title":"Sen. Lamar Alexander Introduces Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor","tweet_link":"136_sen-lamar-alexander-introduces-supreme-court-justice-sonia-sotomayor","entry_text":"

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) may not strike many as the most likely speaker to take the stage minutes before President Obama takes his (ceremonial) oath of office, but because he is vice-chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, he introduced Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who then swore in Vice President Biden (ceremonially) for his second term.

Alexander's prepared remarks offered something of a nod to Republican dissatisfaction with the day's ceremonies, by way of a quote from a famous story about slavery.

“The late Alex Haley, the author of Roots, lived his life by these six words: 'Find the good and praise it,'\" Alexander's prepared remarks read.

Alexander went on to laud the fact that another election has come and gone without any unrest -- a clear case of a conservative trying to find the bright side.

Here is the full text of Alexander's prepared remarks.

\"Today we praise the American tradition of transferring or reaffirming immense power as we inaugurate the President of the United States.

“We do this in a peaceful, orderly way.

“There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection.

“This is a moment when millions stop and watch.

“A moment most of us always will remember.

“A moment that is the most conspicuous and enduring symbol of our democracy.

“How remarkable that this has survived for so long in such a complex country with so much power at stake—this freedom to vote for our leaders and the restraint to respect the results.

“Last year, a tour guide at Mt. Vernon told me that our first president, George Washington, posed this question: ‘What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States?’

“And then Washington gave this answer: ‘Not the election of the first president, but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.’

“Today we celebrate, because this is the 57th inauguration of the American president.

“Find the good and praise It.

“Now, it is my honor to introduce Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor, who will administer the oath of office to the vice president.

“Everyone please stand.”

","short_text":"

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) may not strike many as the most likely speaker to take the stage minutes before President Obama takes his (ceremonial) oath of office, but because he is vice-chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Cerem...Read More"},{"id":"135","created":"01/21/2013 11:39 AM EST","title":"National Mall Full And Closed","tweet_link":"135_national-mall-full-and-closed","entry_text":"

\"OhMyGOFF\"

@ OhMyGOFF :

National Mall FULL and CLOSED via National Park Police and @nbcwashington (all visitors not on Mall go to overflow at Monument)

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ OhMyGOFF :\r\nNational Mall FULL and CLOSED via National Park Police and @nbcwashington<...Read More"},{"id":"134","created":"01/21/2013 11:36 AM EST","title":"Cloudy And 37 Degrees At White House","tweet_link":"134_cloudy-and-37-degrees-at-white-house","entry_text":"

\"camdenwalker\"

@ camdenwalker :

Cloudy & 37 degrees with slight breeze just north of the White House bike station 16th&I @capitalweather #inauguration http://t.co/aruu9irb

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ camdenwalker :\r\nCloudy & 37 degrees with slight breeze just north of the White House bike station 16th&I Read More"},{"id":"133","created":"01/21/2013 11:34 AM EST","title":"Myrlie Evers-Williams Slip Up","tweet_link":"133_myrlie-everswilliams-slip-up","entry_text":"

\"peterbakernyt\"

@ peterbakernyt :

Hmm, did Myrlie Evers-Williams just make Obama \"our 45th president\"?

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ peterbakernyt :\r\nHmm, did Myrlie Evers-Williams just make Obama \"our 45th president\"?\r\n"},{"id":"132","created":"01/21/2013 11:21 AM EST","title":"Obama Enters Capitol Platform","tweet_link":"132_obama-enters-capitol-platform","entry_text":"

\"CBSNews\"

@ CBSNews :

LIVE NOW: President Barack Obama enters U.S. Capitol platform to be inaugurated for second term. WATCH: http://t.co/aOAT21XF

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ CBSNews :\r\nLIVE NOW: President Barack Obama enters U.S. Capitol platform to be inaugurated for second term. WATCH: Read More"},{"id":"131","created":"01/21/2013 11:18 AM EST","title":"Biden Takes Place On Platform","tweet_link":"131_biden-takes-place-on-platform","entry_text":"

\"CBSNews\"

@ CBSNews :

LIVE NOW: Vice President Joe Biden takes place on #inaug2013 platform. WATCH: http://t.co/aOAT21XF

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ CBSNews :\r\nLIVE NOW: Vice President Joe Biden takes place on #inaug2013 platform. WATCH: http://t.co...Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"01/21/2013 11:16 AM EST","title":"FLOTUS Enters For Ceremony ","tweet_link":"130_flotus-enters-for-ceremony-","entry_text":"

\"nbcwashington\"

@ nbcwashington :

The First Lady enters for the swearing-in ceremony. Live: http://t.co/SBn23Imp

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ nbcwashington :\r\nThe First Lady enters for the swearing-in ceremony. Live: http://t.co/S...Read More"},{"id":"129","created":"01/21/2013 11:15 AM EST","title":"Immigrants Come Out To Support Obama, And Call For Reform","tweet_link":"129_immigrants-come-out-to-support-obama-and-call-for-reform","entry_text":"

There are about 120 immigrant rights activists -- young undocumented immigrants, migrant workers and allies -- on the Washington Mall with advocacy group Casa de Maryland on Monday.

They walked for about 10 blocks, chanting most of the way. \"What to we want?\" \"Immigration reform!\" \"When do we want it?\" \"Now!\"

Many of the group's fellow inauguration-goers looked on with some amusement, but a few seemed excited to join in.

Nathaly Uribe, a 17-year-old undocumented high school senior, received deferred action in December. She said the policy, implemented by the president last year for young undocumented immigrants, has given them hope. But they still want broader reform, she said, and plan to remind President Barack Obama of his promise.

-- Elise Foley

","short_text":"

There are about 120 immigrant rights activists -- young undocumented immigrants, migrant workers and allies -- on the Washington Mall with advocacy group Casa de Maryland on Monday.

They walked for about 10 blocks, chanting most of the way. \"What...Read More"},{"id":"128","created":"01/21/2013 11:13 AM EST","title":"Veterans Affairs Secretary Designated Cabinet Official Not Attending","tweet_link":"128_veterans-affairs-secretary-designated-cabinet-official-not-attending","entry_text":"

\"scottwfoster\"

@ scottwfoster :

VA secretary Shinseki is the designated cabinet official not attending today's inaugural events wh says

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ scottwfoster :\r\nVA secretary Shinseki is the designated cabinet official not attending today's inaugural events wh says\r\n...Read More"},{"id":"127","created":"01/21/2013 11:10 AM EST","title":"Everyone In Place, Waiting On Obama, Biden","tweet_link":"127_everyone-in-place-waiting-on-obama-biden","entry_text":"

\"arishapiro\"

@ arishapiro :

VIPs in place, awaiting Obama & Biden. http://t.co/HRYBZZP2

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ arishapiro :\r\nVIPs in place, awaiting Obama & Biden. http://t.co/HRYBZZP2\r\n<...Read More"},{"id":"126","created":"01/21/2013 11:10 AM EST","title":"Newt Gingrich Next To Jay-Z And Beyonce","tweet_link":"126_newt-gingrich-next-to-jayz-and-beyonce","entry_text":"

\"robertegger\"

@ robertegger :

Newt & Calista next to Jay-Z & Beyonce. I love Inauguration Day!! http://t.co/Wxe80txU

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ robertegger :\r\nNewt & Calista next to Jay-Z & Beyonce. I love Inauguration Day!! htt...Read More"},{"id":"125","created":"01/21/2013 11:03 AM EST","title":"Bottles Left At Entrance Gate","tweet_link":"125_bottles-left-at-entrance-gate","entry_text":"

\"inauguration\"

-- Joanna Zelman

","short_text":"

-- Joanna Zelman

"},{"id":"124","created":"01/21/2013 11:00 AM EST","title":"POTUS: \"I Miss This Place\" ","tweet_link":"124_potus-i-miss-this-place-","entry_text":"

\"kwelkernbc\"

@ kwelkernbc :

POTUS upon entering the Capitol: \"I miss this place, it looks great.\"

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ kwelkernbc :\r\nPOTUS upon entering the Capitol: \"I miss this place, it looks great.\"\r\n"},{"id":"123","created":"01/21/2013 11:00 AM EST","title":"Romney Family Won't Be Watching","tweet_link":"123_romney-family-wont-be-watching","entry_text":"

\"PeterAlexander\"

@ PeterAlexander :

Mitt & Ann Romney in La Jolla, CA today. Asked if he'll be watching #Inaug2013, fmr aide tells me: \"Doubtful.\"

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ PeterAlexander :\r\nMitt & Ann Romney in La Jolla, CA today. Asked if he'll be watching #Inaug2013, fmr aide tells ...Read More"},{"id":"122","created":"01/21/2013 10:58 AM EST","title":"Clintons Make Their Way To Inauguration Platform","tweet_link":"122_clintons-make-their-way-to-inauguration-platform","entry_text":"

\"mpoindc\"

@ mpoindc :

Former President Clinton and outgoing Sec of State Hillary Clinton, arm in arm, make their way to the #inaug2013 platform. #NBCPolitics

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ mpoindc :\r\nFormer President Clinton and outgoing Sec of State Hillary Clinton, arm in arm, make their way to the #inaug2013 platfor...Read More"},{"id":"121","created":"01/21/2013 10:55 AM EST","title":"Chuck Grassley Tweets Crowd Estimate","tweet_link":"121_chuck-grassley-tweets-crowd-estimate","entry_text":"

\"ChuckGrassley\"

@ ChuckGrassley :

Mall is filled thousands as far as u can see

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ ChuckGrassley :\r\nMall is filled thousands as far as u can see\r\n"},{"id":"120","created":"01/21/2013 10:55 AM EST","title":"Big Cheers For Beyonce And Jay-Z","tweet_link":"120_big-cheers-for-beyonce-and-jayz","entry_text":"

\"BenjySarlin\"

@ BenjySarlin :

Biggest cheers so far: Jay Z and Beyonce followed by Jimmy Carter #inauguration

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BenjySarlin :\r\nBiggest cheers so far: Jay Z and Beyonce followed by Jimmy Carter #inauguration\r\n"},{"id":"119","created":"01/21/2013 10:51 AM EST","title":"Newt Gingrich On Inauguration ","tweet_link":"119_newt-gingrich-on-inauguration-","entry_text":"

\"jbendery\"

@ jbendery :

Just ran into Newt Gingrich, asked if it's bittersweet being at O's inaug. \"No, it's always exciting to be part of the American process.\"

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jbendery :\r\nJust ran into Newt Gingrich, asked if it's bittersweet being at O's inaug. \"No, it's always exciting to be part of th...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"01/21/2013 10:47 AM EST","title":"Aerial Shot Shows Massive Crowds On The Mall","tweet_link":"118_aerial-shot-shows-massive-crowds-on-the-mall","entry_text":"

\"jamiedupree\"

@ jamiedupree :

Crowd stretches from the Capitol down the Mall towards the Washington Monument http://t.co/SuiZ35Su

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jamiedupree :\r\nCrowd stretches from the Capitol down the Mall towards the Washington Monument Read More"},{"id":"117","created":"01/21/2013 10:45 AM EST","title":"Update On Access To Viewing Areas","tweet_link":"117_update-on-access-to-viewing-areas","entry_text":"

\"DC_HSEMA\"

@ DC_HSEMA :

10:41am: General access to Mall viewing areas thru 9th/12th & Constitution and 12th & Independence only. #inauag2013

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DC_HSEMA :\r\n10:41am: General access to Mall viewing areas thru 9th/12th & Constitution and 12th & Independence only. #ina...Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"01/21/2013 10:45 AM EST","title":"Presidential Limousine Heads To Capitol","tweet_link":"116_presidential-limousine-heads-to-capitol","entry_text":"

\"CBSNews\"

@ CBSNews :

LIVE: Presidential limousine departs White House, as POTUS heads ~1.6 miles to Capitol http://t.co/aOAT21XF #inaug2013

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ CBSNews :\r\nLIVE: Presidential limousine departs White House, as POTUS heads ~1.6 miles to Capitol ht...Read More"},{"id":"115","created":"01/21/2013 10:43 AM EST","title":"National Mall Is Packed","tweet_link":"115_national-mall-is-packed","entry_text":"

\"DCPoliceDept\"

@ DCPoliceDept :

The National Mall Panels from 4th-7th Street are closed

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DCPoliceDept :\r\nThe National Mall Panels from 4th-7th Street are closed\r\n"},{"id":"114","created":"01/21/2013 10:42 AM EST","title":"Gridlock In The Orange Area","tweet_link":"114_gridlock-in-the-orange-area","entry_text":"

\"iankoski\"

@ iankoski :

Crowd stuck in #orangecrush now angrily chanting \"orange gate\" over and over again. Others trying to keep positive. #inaug2013

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ iankoski :\r\nCrowd stuck in #orangecrush now angrily chanting \"orange gate\" over and over again. Others trying to keep positive. #...Read More"}]
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