Obama: 'It is now our generation's task to carry on what ... pioneers began'
January 21st, 2013
12:14 PM ET
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Obama: 'It is now our generation's task to carry on what ... pioneers began'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Monday in his inaugural speech that the nation must come together to meet the challenges of the day, saying: "We are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together."

A transcript of his remarks, as released by the White House, are below.
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Obama takes ceremonial oath of office
January 21st, 2013
11:56 AM ET
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Obama takes ceremonial oath of office

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his ceremonial oath of office on Monday at the U.S. Capitol before an enormous crowd on the National Mall. He was officially sworn in on Sunday in a private ceremony, marking the start of his second term. Vice President Joe Biden also took his ceremonial oath on Monday.

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Dressed up and ready to go: The inaugural date night one senator saved
Sharon and Blake Ilstrup, with their children Anna and Alec, received inaugural ball tickets from Sen. Patty Murray.
January 21st, 2013
08:47 AM ET
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Dressed up and ready to go: The inaugural date night one senator saved

Washington (CNN) - Thanks to Sen. Patty Murray, Sharon and Blake Ilstrup can have their big inauguration date night after all.

Last week, the Seattle-area couple, along with many others, were shut out of the first-come, first-served official Presidential Inaugural Ball ticket sales when a mistake by Ticketmaster, the ticket vendor, inadvertently released tickets for both the inaugural ball and parade early, as CNN first reported.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 21, 2013
January 21st, 2013
05:41 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 21, 2013

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CNN: Crowd of 800,000 to welcome Obama to second half of his presidency
A day after formally beginning his second term, President Barack Obama on Monday takes part in the full trappings of his inauguration by reciting the oath of office in front of a crowd expected to number between 800,00 and 900,000 people. The nation's first African-American president also will become only the 17th U.S. leader to deliver a second inaugural address before leading the traditional parade up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

CNN: Sotomayor's inaugural moment on hectic day
There is no constitutional requirement that the Supreme Court preside over the inaugural – it's just been that way and a little history was made around that on Sunday. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath at the White House to President Barack Obama for a second term. Just prior, Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore in Joe Biden to another four years as vice president, becoming the first Latina jurist to administer an inaugural oath.

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Obama's second inauguration: Is the thrill gone?
January 21st, 2013
05:00 AM ET
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Obama's second inauguration: Is the thrill gone?

Washington (CNN) – The excitement among Americans for President Barack Obama's first inauguration appears to have diminished as he begins his second term, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning also indicates that three out of every four Americans don't think the president's inauguration ceremonies will help bring a divided nation together.

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