Actress Eva Longoria, co-chair of both the inaugural committee and President Obama’s re-election campaign, kicked off a week of inauguration events by speaking at the National Day of Service. The Obamas marked the day with an elementary school make-over, assisted by around 500 volunteers.
Sasha and Malia Obama
Sasha, 11, donned a purple ensemble by Kate Spade, complete with a purple scarf and purple gloves. Malia, 14, wore a plum coat from J. Crew.
Reverend Luis León
Reverend Luis León, Rector at St. John’s Church in Washington D.C., delivered the benediction in both English and Spanish. Born in Guantánamo, Cuba, Reverend León fled the country at 12 years old and sought refuge in the United States.
P.S. 22 Chorus
Staten Island’s PS 22 Chorus performed as part of the opening ceremonies for President Obama’s inauguration. The chorus raised thousands of dollars from donors, including a fifth grade class from Queens, NY, in order to attend.
The fashion-forward First Lady arrived at the inaugural ceremony wearing a navy Thom Browne coat and wine-colored gloves and belt from J. Crew.
Crowd Cheers on President Obama
Latino voters fueled President Obama’s re-election with 71% of the vote, the most support the Democratic Party has seen since 1996 with Bill Clinton.
President Obama Arrives
President Barack Obama arrives at the inaugural ceremony before a cheering flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands though numbers did not reach the 1.8 million people that crammed into the Capitol grounds for his 2008 ceremony.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremonial swearing-in. She officially swore in Vice President Biden at a private ceremony yesterday.
Supporters of President Obama Turn Out for Inauguration
The first ever gay Latino poet to speak at an inauguration, Richard Blanco recited the poem “One Today” that referenced his Cuban-American heritage. The 44-year-old Blanco said his poem was inspired by the parallels between his own childhood and President Obama’s.
President Obama Speech
“Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.” President Obama began his second term with words that inspired togetherness and common purpose.
D.C. Erupts in Cheers
Crowds thrilled to be in attendance at Washington D.C.’s quadrennial celebration took to social media to memorialize the day. Washington D.C. public transit could not withstand the throngs of crowds leaving after President Obama’s speech leading four major Metro stop to shut down soon due to crowding.
Tradition Reigns on Inauguration Day
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Lamar Alexander, New York Senator Chuck Schumer Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi look on as President Obama signs a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol.
The parade following President Obama’s inaugural ceremony featured a cast of 8,800 including marching bands and children’s dance groups. One group to perform, the Mariachi and Folklorico high school group from Palmview, Texas marched in the parade as one of the few groups representing the Hispanic community.
High School Band Gets President Dancing
Florida high school band Seguro Que Si brought Latin beats to the inaugural parade prompting President Obama to dance a little salsa. The nine young musicians from Kissimmee, Florida were extended an invitation to play after timbale player and Cuban-American bandleader Maxwell Frost, 15, applied online.
The First Family
The inaugural parade was just another family bonding moment for the first family. Sasha,11, and Malia, 14, could be seen snapping photos with their smart phones while First Lady Michelle Obama and the President snuggled up in the heated Presidential box. Following the parade, the family will head to the inaugural ball where superstars like rock group Maná will perform.