Today, in a private ceremony in the White House's Blue Room today, President Obama officially took the oath of office for his second term, surrounded only by press, First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughters, Malia and Sasha (who adorably said afterward, "“Good job, Daddy! You didn't mess up!"), and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Because the Constitution states that the president must be sworn in on the 20th, but today happened to be a Sunday, it was decided that they'd go the brief, private route before the full-blown public affair tomorrow. Fair enough. But that hasn't stopped some tongues from clucking that today's small, quiet ceremony will make tomorrow's 2013 Inauguration agenda less special -- and was fitting, being that we've got "downsized" expectations of the POTUS' second term. Pfft, I don't think so!
Make no mistake: Tomorrow's festivities will be just as exciting and worth watching as the first time President Obama took the oath in 2009 ...
For one thing, there's a parade tomorrow! Vice President Biden will be sworn in (technically, again). And while President Obama didn't make a speech today, he will deliver his public inaugural address in front on the west front of the U.S. Capitol after he takes the oath (again). There are a lot of expectations -- both high and low -- about what the POTUS could say ... But we won't know what route he'll take -- be it grandiose, sweeping, and dramatic or straightforward and concise -- until we tune in.
For another, FLOTUS and the First Daughters looked gorgeous today at the swearing-in -- loved Michelle's deep blue dress! -- we can almost guarantee their style choices tomorrow will be even more unforgettable and conversation-worthy. Not to mention that many celebs (like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys, Usher, etc.), who are in D.C. to attend the ceremony and/or perform, will most definitely be looking to make some sort of fashion statement on behalf of the event.
And then, of course, there will be at least three memorable performances following the public swearing in: Beyoncé performing the National Anthem, Kelly Clarkson singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and James Taylor singing "America the Beautiful." Perhaps we'll get to tune into even more that take place at the
Just judging from these details and more that are coming in every moment, it seems like tomorrow's festivities will offer something for everyone. And there's really no chance today's understated occasion could undermine what's about to come!
In the meantime, check out how the official swearing-in went down this morning ...
How do you feel about there being two ceremonies this year? Do you think the first detracts from the second?
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