Presidential Inauguration 2013 Is A Day of Pageantry and History
What a day! What pageantry!
A sea of humanity descended on the nation's capital to witness this day in history.
"God bless you and may he forever bless the United States of America," said President Obama.
The first daughters couldn't have been prouder of their dad. Sasha and Malia Obama shared a playful moment as 11-year-old Sasha nudged big sister, Malia. The sound of their footsteps echoed through the marble hallways of the Capitol building as they marched to the inaugural stands.
The arrival of the first lady drew huge cheers. After their mom took her seat, Malia and Sasha bopped to the sound of the patiotic music. At one point, Malia allowed one yawn.
The Clintons were there.
The president himself was solemn as he strode through the capitol building, but cracked a broad smile when he saw the crowds awaiting him.
Reciting the oath of office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the president placed his hand on two bibles—one used by Dr. King, the another by Abraham Lincoln.
There was one little flub. But that was minor in comparison to the last Inauguration.
Then, there was a moving moment when the president paused to take one final look at the masses gathered to witness this day that will live in history.
Many famous faces were on hand for the eventful day. Jay-Z and Beyonce made a striking pair as they took their seats.
Eva Longoria and Sentaor John Kerry greeted each other like old friends.
Katy Perry was there snapping a playful shot of boyfriend, John Mayer. He was holding up a mini version of Aretha Franklin's infamous hat from the 2009 inauguration.
Speaking of hats, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's hat inspired a shower of tweets, including: "Scalia is all 'Take that, Aretha!"
Security was extraordinary. Snipers patrolled rooftops. Metal detectors were setup throughout the city. Concrete barricades were erected and mounted police monitored the crowds.
At the Inaugural luncheon, political heavyweights mingled with stars like singer John Legend and his supermodel girlfriend. INSIDE EDITION spotted Hillary Clinton and the man who will replace her as Secretary of State, John Kerry.
The menu consisted of:
Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake
Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream
Aged Cheese and Honey
It all adds up to a whopping 3,000 calories.
At the end of the luncheon, the president had this to say about the first lady:
"My extraordinary wife Michelle. There is controversy about the quality of the president, but no controversy about the quality of our current first lady."