GLOBALPOST INAUGURATION DAY 2013 LIVE BLOG
UPDATE: 1/21/13 2:04 PM ET
Obama's second inauguration marks a few firsts
Though this was President Barack Obama's second inaugural ceremony, it included a few historic firsts.
Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American poet, became the youngest poet to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration, according to the Associated Press.
Another first was marked by civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, the first woman to deliver the inaugural invocation. Evers-Williams, 80, is the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers and served as the chair of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998, according to Biography.
Learn more about Blanco and Evers-Willams here.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 1:40 PM ET
Even presidents get wistful
In a touchingly human moment, President Obama took one last look at the crowd of around 600,000 Americans who gathered for his second — and final — inauguration ceremony.
"I want to take a look one more time," Obama said, Talking Points Memo reported. "I'll never see this again."
He proceeded to soak in the view even as people shuffled past him on their way out of the West Front of the US Capitol.
Watch it here:
UPDATE: 1/21/13 1:15 PM ET
In case you missed it
Watch the major moments from the 2013 presidential inauguration ceremonies: Obama's speech; Myrlie Evers-Williams's invocation; Richard Blanco's reading of "One Today," his poem written for the occasion; and Beyonce's version of the National Anthem.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 12:50 PM ET
Stars align for inaugural festivities
Despite the attention she's getting, Beyonce isn't the only major name gracing stages to celebrate President Obama's second term. Celebrities flocked to Washington, DC for the 57th presidential inauguration in US history.
Most will attend an inaugural ball or perform at concerts, adorning the capital city with their Hollywood style — though the First Lady will undoubtedly stand out with her own high fashion.
Find out who else is there.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 12:35 PM ET
Beyonce gives the crowd what they asked for, nothing more
Everybody's favorite diva, clad in a long-sleeved black dress, sang the National Anthem.
But it certainly wasn't the performer's fieriest show. Do you think Beyonce was appropriately toned-down, or did the diva disappoint? Let us know in the comments.
BuzzFeed was quick to GIF the performance:
UPDATE: 1/21/13 12:23 PM ET
No patience for poetry; bring on Beyonce
Blanco, a Cuban-American poet, is the first Hispanic poet to read at the swearing-in ceremony, as well as the first gay poet, according to The Washington Post.
However, the folks at BuzzFeed were not impressed.
Even former President Jimmy Carter was excited for New York's first lady:
UPDATE: 1/21/13 12:15 PM ET
Let the celebration begin
In what you might call one of the day's more awkward transitions, Kelly Clarkson took the stage after Obama finished his inaugual address for a sober but stirring rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."
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Sotomayor swears in Biden
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has just sworn in Joseph R. Biden to his second term as vice president of the United States.
Musician James Taylor followed the moment performing an acoustic version of "America the Beautiful."
UPDATE: 1/21/13 11:40 AM ET
Civil rights leader becomes first woman to deliver a prayer at the presidential inauguration
Civil rights leader and former chairperson of the NAACP Myrlie Evers-Williams became the first woman to deliver an invocation at a presidential inauguration.
Obama's inauguration is taking place on Martin Luther King Jr., day, and it seems pretty symbolic to have Evers lead the invocation.
She is the widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Both her and her husband fought to desegregate schools and earn voting rights in the 1950s and 60s, according to MSNBC.
"We are strong, fierce in our strength," she said during her invocation.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 10:21 AM ET
What we really want to know: Who's Michelle wearing?
Michelle Obama arrived this morning dressed head to (almost) toe in New York designer Thom Browne. The only exception being her shoes, made by one of the first lady's favorite mid-priced clothing stores, J. Crew.
According to Eric Wilson of The New York Times, "Thom Browne's coat and dress for Michelle Obama are both made of silk jacquard based on a necktie fabric, custom made for the First Lady."
Many are expecting the Browne brand to skyrocket after this appearance. According to CNN, "a single appearance by the First Lady in a designer’s clothes is worth $14 million."
What about Sasha and Malia? Find out here.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 9:41 AM ET
Lupe Fiasco escorted off stage after anti-Obama rant (VIDEO)
Rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off stage after going on an anti-Obama rant at the StartUp RockOn event on Sunday in Washington.
"Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist," he rapped, according to USA Today. "Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say (bleep). That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either."
Find out how it all went down with the full story.
UPDATE: 1/21/13 8:12 AM ET
A new era for the Obama presidency
Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, on Monday begins his second term with the usual inaugural festivities — but in a political atmosphere markedly different from 2009's highs of hope and change.
The traditional parade and public swearing-in outside the Capitol — not to mention the National Anthem sung by Beyonce — will kick things off, but inevitably many will notice the difference between 2013 and 2009.
Obama will take a public oath of office (he took a private oath Sunday) and deliver his inaugural address to an estimated crowd of about 700,000. That's less than half of the record-breaking 1.8 million people who turned out in 2009 to watch the first African-American president assume the nation's highest office, according to Reuters.
Read the rest of this report here.