Up to 900,000 people were expected to watch the ceremony in person and outside the U.S. Capitol building, about half as many that filled the National Mall for the first one, four years ago.
Monday night, megastar Alicia Keys joined a who’s-who of celebrities gathered to celebrate the inaugural address calling for a more united America. In addition to Hollywood stars and politicians of the past and present, some Chicagoans drove through the night just to be there.
In one of the myriad emotional signs of the Chicago connection to all this– The South Shore Drill Team passed the president– their wish to see him in person was granted. Close by on the Capitol Stage, an old friend, his former Chief of Staff, Chicago’s mayor, naturally giving his speech high marks.
President Obama was actually sworn into office on Sunday in compliance to the U.S. Constitution stating that the President must be sworn in by January 20th.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had President Obama recite the oath at the White House.
That was held in the Blue Room, which is an oval-shaped reception space in the president’s official residence.
It was witnessed by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, where he was joined by his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters Malia and Sasha.
Vice President Biden was also sworn in, at a separate event.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor performed the honors at Biden’s home at the Naval Observatory in Washington.