President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term on Monday as millions watched on TV, online and in person. Latinos in attendance and on social media reacted to the inauguration festivities.
In the lead up to the inauguration, many enjoyed the Latino Inaugural 2013 celebration at the Kennedy Center.
Latino Inaugural photos courtesy, Jessica Sofia Valle, of Latinos in Social Media.
Even at sunrise, inauguration areas were packed. Photo courtesy Reynaldo Macias of Latino Rebels.
Many, like Mia Espinoza’s parents, came from far away to enjoy the inauguration.
Steve Alfaro from nonpartisan Voto Latino shared his invitation to the inauguration and photo with friends.
Patricia Torres watching as the motorcade passed.
Many Latinos were inspired to see Sonia Sotomayor swear in Vice President Joe Biden.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave the oath of office to VP Biden. Yes! Latinos be PROUD!!!—
Dani (@InquisitiveDani) January 21, 2013
Orgullo boricua con Sonia Sotomayor juramentando a Joe Biden—
Sheyla Rodriguez (@SheylaRodrigue1) January 21, 2013
During his speech, Obama made prominent mentions of gay rights, immigrant rights and women’s rights.
Our journey is not complete until women can earn a equal living…until our gay brothers and sisters can proclaim their love…-Barack Obama—
Suzie Sillorequez (@SuzieVS) January 21, 2013
"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity."YES👏 obama—
Mari Figueroa (@mariboberry) January 21, 2013
Obama: Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity! :D—
Ana Cienfuegos (@anae100fuegos) January 21, 2013
Richard Blanco, the first openly gay and Latino inaugural poet received rave reviews, as he trended on Twitter.
Richard Blanco for Latinos and Latina everywhere. Woo!—
Claribel F. (@Sweet2_dasoul) January 21, 2013
Luis Leon, gave am inaugural prayer after Blanco spoke, which was not lost on many online who took note of the Latino representation at the inauguration.
Sonia Sotomayor, Richard Blanco, Luis Leon, Hispanics representing our diversity in this celebration of democracy belonging to all Americans—
Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 21, 2013