President Obama Officially Sworn In, But There's Much More to Come (VIDEO)

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president obama sworn in second term inauguration day 2013Today, 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 ...

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How do you feel about there being two ceremonies this year? Do you think the first detracts from the second?


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Mamab... MamabearC

I really don't think it's a big deal at all and I don't think the one today takes away from or means any less than the one that will take place tomorrow. This has happened several times throughout U.S. history ( I believe this is the 7th time) that Inauguration Day has landed on a Sunday and the President elect has a small swearing-in at the White House.I enjoyed watching today's and I will enjoy watching tomorrow again with all the festivities added.

Caera Caera

More to come? Yeah, another four years of fucking up the country. Yay.

bills... billsfan1104

I cannot wait for the week to be over with. Because all week we will have the followers gushing, oooohing and awwwwwing all week, because they have nothing better to do than worship the president. I really wish that the money that they spend on a 2nd inauguration would be spent on something better. Notice I said 2nd. The first I understand, but this is way too much for a 2nd time around. I just hope the Beyonce just sings the National Anthem and not try to make it Hip Hop.

sand008 sand008

Correct @caera. Who cares. And after all is said and done I don't want to hear people complaining about taxes, because if you voted for him that is your fault not mine.

nonmember avatar Get Over It

Bitter, bitter, bitter.

nonmember avatar Theresa

LOL@ the bitterness. And I hope Beyonce sings exactly how she intended, and doesn't attempt to cater to those anyone trying to vanilla up her singing.

sand008 sand008

No one is bitter. Dumb

elder... elderlywoman

"Vanilla" up her singing?  Excuse me?  What is that supposed to mean?

bills... billsfan1104

Elderly it means that she wants Beyonce to sing it black. She want Beyonce to black it up.

nonmember avatar Theresa

"Black" up her singing, genius? Does she "whiten" it at any point? Vanilla as in plain, bland. And why the hell do you care about her "hip hop" singing so much anyway? If you don't like the way she sings then don't watch. But she doesn't have to alter her singing to cater to people like you at all. Don't like it don't watch. It's that damn simple.

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