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BARACK OBAMA: Inauguration 2013

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Published on Feb 17, 2013

Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2013. Watch the complete ceremony marking the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

► Facts about the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama

The second inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place in a private swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in the Blue Room of the White House. A public ceremony marking the occasion took place on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the United States Capitol building. The inauguration marked the beginning of the second term of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President.

The inauguration theme was "Faith in America's Future", a phrase that draws upon the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the completion of the Capitol dome in 1863. The theme also stresses the "perseverance and unity" of the United States, and echoes the "Forward" theme used in the closing months of Obama's reelection campaign.

The inaugural events held in Washington, D.C. from January 19 to 21, 2013 included concerts, a national day of community service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the swearing-in ceremony, luncheon and parade, inaugural balls, and the interfaith inaugural prayer service. The presidential oath was administered to Obama during his swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and 21, 2013 by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts.

In his inauguration speech, President Obama proclaimed that "while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth". He called for laws to combat global warming & climate change, enactment of immigration reform and gun control.

The president stated that more progress was needed on human rights and civil rights (including racial minority rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights) and vowed to promote democracy abroad, and stated that the United States must "be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice" around the world. Additionally, the president vowed to keep existing alliances strong, emphasized the end of wars and the economic recovery, and stated that "no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation".

The inauguration was physically attended by approximately a million people, and watched by millions more around the world.

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► Facts about President Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.

He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.

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► The Inauguration

An inauguration is a formal ceremony to mark the beginning of a major political leader's term of office. The "inaugural address" is a speech given during this ceremony which informs the people of his/her intentions as a leader.

Political inaugurations often feature lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators. The equivalent ceremony in another jurisdiction may be called a "swearing-in". A monarchical inauguration is similar to what in another jurisdiction may be called a coronation or enthronement.

Other than personal inaugurations, the term can also refer to the official opening or beginning of an institution or structure, for example the inauguration of a new Canada--United States border crossing.

The historical source of the word "inauguration" stems from the Latin augur, which refers to the rituals of ancient Roman priests seeking to interpret if it was the will of the gods for a public official to be deemed worthy to assume office.

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