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Presidential Inauguration

President Barack Obama will be sworn-in to his second term on Sunday, January 20.

The public ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21.

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As with many of their public appearances, much attention will be given today on what the fashion of Michelle Obama and the first family.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Michelle Obama is wearing a coast and dress from fashion designer Thom Browne.  Her belt and shoes are from J.Crew.


Malia Obama is wearing J.Crew, again according to the Wall Street Journal and Sasha is wearing a Kate Spade coat and dress.

You can follow Thom Browne on twitter at @ThomBrowneNY

Kelly Clarkson performs ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’ with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term

James Taylor performs ‘America The Beautiful’

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performs ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

There’s been a lot of press about the Bibles President Obama used in his two swearing in ceremonies – the Obama family Bible, a Bible carried by Martin Luther King Jr. and a third, used by Abraham Lincoln on his inauguration.

Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden used a massive Bible that caught many people’s eyes/

According to New York Magazine the gigantic Bible is also a family heirloom for the Bidens.  It bears a “a Celtic cross that’s been in his family since 1893.”

Time Magazine reported on it during the last inauguration saying, “According to the inaugural committee, the book is five inches thick and adorned with a Celtic cross on the cover. But it’s not a surprising choice — he used it every time he was sworn in as a U.S. senator and again when he was first sworn in as veep in 2009. Biden’s son, Beau, also used the bible when he was sworn in as Delaware’s attorney general.”


President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office, Monday morning.

Up to 900,000 people were expected to watch the ceremony, in person, outside the U.S. Capitol building.

That’s about half the amount that filled the National Mall for the first one, four years ago.

President Obama was actually sworn into office on Sunday.

That’s because the U.S. Constitution says that the President must be sworn in by January 20th.

So 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.

Frank Holland talks to Chicago Tribune writer Clarence Page.

Frank Holland reports live in Washington.

Tom Negovan reports live from the National Mall.