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Will you watch any part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies?

Posted by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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2013 Presidential Inauguration Guide to Who Is Performing When & How to Watch (VIDEO)

Posted by Adriana Velez on January 20, 2013 

2013 presidential inaugurationBarack Obama will be sworn in for a second term as President on Sunday and Monday. It will be America's 57th Presidential Inauguration. There are more ways than ever before to keep up with it all. Here's our guide to what's happening, who's performing, how to watch, and how to join the conversations.

Technically, Inauguration Day is January 20. But since that falls on a Sunday this year, there will be a small, private swearing-in that day (under the Consitution the president has to be sworn in on the 20th). Then the public swearing-in will be Monday, January 21. 

How to watch:


Monday's swearing-in ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol. The theme for this inauguration is "Faith in America's Future." Here's the program:

  • Call to order and welcome by Senator Charles Schumer.
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the invocation
  • Musical number by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  
  • Biden swears Oath of Office.
  • James Taylor sings "America the Beautiful."
  • Obama swears the Oath of Office and gives address.
  • Kelly Clarkson sings "My Country Tis of Thee."
  • Poet Laureate Richard Bianco reads a poem.
  • Beyonce sings the National Anthem. 

 

Following the swearing in, there is a parade for everyone down Pennsylvania Avenue. Later that night are the balls. Obama decided to reduce the number of balls this year, so there's just the Children's Concert (which was last night), Commander In Chief's Ball for members of the Armed Forces, and the Inaugural Ball. 

You can watch the Commander In Chief's Ball online, live! Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Marc Anthony will perform.

Alicia Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher will perform at the Inaugural Ball. (I plan on watching online or on TV while having deep and extensive conversations with my friends about Michelle Obama's Inaugural ensemble and ball gown.)  

Of course there is an Official Inaugural Playlist on Spotify. The official Twitter hash tag is #inaug2013. People will probably tweet under #inauguration, too, though. Conservatives often tweet under #tcot and progressives under #p2. Here is President Obama's Instagram, and White House photographer Pete Souza on Twitter. And there might be Inauguration pins on the White House's Pinterest.

For the 2009 Presidential Inauguration I traveled to Washington, D.C. and stayed with friends -- but it was bitterly cold that day, so I ended up watching the swearing in on television with my son while my friends braved the cold and crowds just over a mile away. Afterwards we went out for brunch, and I'll never forget the energy in the streets as people returned from the ceremony and parade. I think everyone should witness a presidential swearing in (or, you know, be in the general vicinity) at least once in their life. It was such an exciting day to be in D.C. Hope your Monday is wonderful, however you spend it.

Enjoy this Inauguration by the Numbers video. For even more information, to go 2013pic.org.


Will you watch any part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies?

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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blues_pagan
by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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No, it is just a bunch of popm and circumstance for the most part.  I would love to go see one IRL but watching it on TV just doesn't tickle my fancy.

night.magic
by New Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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NO! Sick of Obama! I would rather flip him the bird!!!
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mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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A poll day before yesterday on Yahoo with 350 K  responses had 78 % saying they WOULD NOT  watch the inauguration.

                      So, no, I won't be watching.

                      Most people won't be watching.

29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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I'm going to go to work.  I will be listening to Rush & Sean.  And I kinda doubt they will be covering the inaugural events.

Susancnw
by Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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I need to clean the bathroom so no.

sherry132
by Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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No, I need to go to the dentist and the gynecologist. That sounds more fun that  watching the inaugural. 

preemiemommy
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM
Ive never watched one. I might tune in for a little bit
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OneDay.
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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Yes, I have been watching the inaugurations since I was six.
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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 I'm going to watch the swearing in with the kiddos.  This is the first one they are old enough to understand.

deriksmom
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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nope, its a waste of time. he should have used all this money on the debt if he is so worried about it. it is all for show

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