Why Sunday? Obama's dual inauguration ceremonies honor tradition and law
January 18th, 2013
11:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Why Sunday? Obama's dual inauguration ceremonies honor tradition and law

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama joins a rare collection of presidents on Monday. No, not the fraternity of 21 second-term presidents, but the even more exclusive group of seven presidents whose inaugurations have fallen on a Sunday.

By holding a private ceremony–before live television cameras but without a public audience–just before noon on Sunday and a full ceremony on Monday, Obama is following with both the tradition established by his predecessors and the legal obligations the Constitution outlines for inaugurating U.S. leaders.
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January 18th, 2013
10:19 AM ET
2 years ago

13 reasons to follow the inauguration on CNN's platforms and nowhere else

1) The best TV coverage: Part 1 (Sunday): The inauguration weekend kicks off Sunday, when the president takes part in a private swearing-in ceremony at the White House. In the morning, Candy Crowley will anchor a special edition of "State of the Union" from the National Mall, followed by live coverage led by Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. And be sure to catch the prime time special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" that night.

2) The best TV coverage: Part 2 (Monday): Then, stay tuned for the most extensive coverage of the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday morning starting at 5.a.m. on "Early Start with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin" and "Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien." At 10 a.m., CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and dozens of other correspondents, analysts and contributors will bring you the sights and sounds during the public swearing-in and inaugural parade in the day and Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett from inside the inaugural balls will take you into the festive balls and celebrations that night.
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Ryan to attend Obama's inauguration
January 17th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan to attend Obama's inauguration

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Former 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan plans to attend Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The lawmaker from Wisconsin told reporters at the House Republican retreat in Williamsburg that he would be at the Washington ceremony, saying "it's my obligation."
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January 17th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
2 years ago

By the Numbers: Presidential inaugurations

(CNN) – The oath, the speech, the crowds, the celebrities, the balls. Every four years Washington celebrates the start of another presidential term.

By the numbers, here's a look at presidential inaugurations:

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January 16th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Inauguration brings different kind of gridlock to D.C.

Washington (CNN) - The morning Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as the nation's third president, he declined the seven horses and two carriages that were ready to ferry him from his boarding house to the Senate chamber where he would take the oath of office.

Instead, Jefferson walked, followed by congressmen and onlookers, according to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

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Obama picks D.C. Episcopal priest to give benediction at inauguration
January 15th, 2013
09:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama picks D.C. Episcopal priest to give benediction at inauguration

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has picked a neighbor to deliver the closing prayer at the inauguration.

The Rev. Luis León told CNN on Tuesday the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited him last week to deliver the closing prayer at the 57th presidential inauguration.

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Chelsea Clinton: We can make a difference
January 15th, 2013
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Chelsea Clinton: We can make a difference

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Editor's note: Chelsea Clinton works with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative and serves on the boards of both organizations. She is a special correspondent for NBC News and also serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.

(CNN) - I'm proud to be the honorary chair of the National Day of Service happening this Saturday, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. It's the perfect way to kick off the inauguration weekend because anyone can participate, and we know that when we work together, we will achieve more than one person could on his or her own.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and their families will be rolling up their sleeves at service projects in our nation's capital. But you don't have to be in Washington to get involved. From repairing fire-damaged homes in Colorado and cleaning sidewalks in Detroit to spending time with children with disabilities in New Orleans, every state will offer opportunities to volunteer.

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Washington preps for inauguration
Military, law enforcement and the press go throuohg a parade rehearsal on Sunday, January 13, 2013, for the 44th Presidential Inauguration of President Obama.
January 13th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Washington preps for inauguration

(CNN) – "Practice makes perfect," or so the saying goes, and it was practice time in Washington on Sunday, one week ahead of Inauguration Day.

Hundreds of band members, military personnel, media and law enforcement took part in an exercise to rehearse both the swearing-in ceremony and the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, scheduled to take place a week from Monday, helping to make sure they get the real thing right.
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'A piece of the day'
January 11th, 2013
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Champagne glasses and buttons galore: Obama swag at Inaugural store

Washington (CNN) - If you are celebrating President Barack Obama's Inauguration this year, there's a button for that.

First dog Bo buttons, first lady Michelle buttons, Joe Biden buttons, "Hail to the Chief" buttons and, of course, Obama buttons litter the tables of the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 Official Store.

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A-listers sign up for inaugural celebrations
January 11th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

A-listers sign up for inaugural celebrations

(CNN) – They were some of his loudest supporters during last year's campaign, so it makes sense that Katy Perry, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Usher will all perform at President Barack Obama's slate of inaugural balls.

The musical acts were announced Friday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which organizes the events surrounding Obama's swearing-in.
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