Watch the Presidential Inauguration 2013 on PIX11, here’s a guide to the ceremonies

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PIX11’s live coverage of the second swearing in of president barack obama kicks off at 11am.
We are live in DC and around the area as the country marks this historic moment.
We will have in-depth analysis and coverage on air, online or on your smartphone. Here is the schedule of planned ceremonies:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Since January 20 falls on a Sunday this year, Obama and Biden will take private oaths on Sunday at the White House, and public oaths on Monday.

The private swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 11:55 a.m. ET in the Blue Room of the White House residence. The president will use a Bible that belonged to the family of Michelle Obama’s paternal grandmother.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Morning Worship Service

The president will attend a morning worship service just before 9 a.m. ET at St. John’s Church. The modern tradition of attending a worship service on Inauguration Day began with FDR in 1933.

Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony

In modern inaugurations, the vice president has been sworn in shortly before the president on the same platform, most recently staged on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. This year, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Biden. The oath states:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

The oath of office for vice president is not specified in the Constitution. It was created by Congress and appears in the U.S. Code.

President’s Swearing-In Ceremony

After the vice president is sworn in, the presidential oath of office will be administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. The oath is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. It states:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The words “so help me God” do not appear in the Constitutional oath. That phrase was supposedly ad-libbed by George Washington at his first inauguration, thus setting a precedent for future presidents. However, there is no concrete historical evidence that Washington actually did so.

The president will use two Bibles for his second inauguration: the Lincoln Bible, which he used during the 2009 ceremony, and a Bible used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Lincoln Bible is part of the collections of the Library of Congress, and was used at Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration, on March 4, 1861.

Inaugural Address

The president delivers his Inaugural Address shortly after taking the oath of office. Every president has delivered an inaugural address, beginning with George Washington in 1789.


BeyonceKelly ClarksonJames TaylorSome big names in music will be performing at Monday’s inauguration ceremony. Beyoncé will sing the national anthem, Kelly Clarkson will perform “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” and James Taylor will sing “America the Beautiful.”

Richard Blanco has been selected as the inaugural poet. Blanco will be the youngest person to recite a poem at a swearing-in ceremony. He’s also the first Hispanic or LGBT person to serve as inaugural poet.

The United States Marine Band, P.S. 22 choir from Staten Island, New York, and the Lee University Festival Choir also perform during Monday’s ceremonies.

Inaugural Luncheon

Since 1953, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has hosted a luncheon at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol for the president and vice president. Approximately 200 guests are anticipated to attend this year’s luncheon.

This year’s menu includes steamed lobster, hickory grilled bison with red potato horseradish cake, and Hudson Valley apple pie with sour cream ice cream.

Want to dine like the president? Get all the recipes here.

Inaugural Parade

Following the luncheon, the president, vice president and their spouses lead a procession down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. (See map below)

Once at the White House, the new president, vice president and their spouses will view the parade from a specially built reviewing stand in front of the White House.

See a map of pedestrian walking routes (PDF) »

Inaugural Balls

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend two official inaugural balls organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee on Monday: The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball, and the Inaugural Ball, both held at the Washington Convention Center.

The Commander in Chief’s ball is by invitation only, honoring members of the armed services and Medal of Honor recipients. The Inaugural Ball is open to the public, but tickets have sold out.

Washington National Cathedral

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

National Prayer Service

The president, vice president and their spouses will attend a prayer service at Washington National Cathedral (pictured at right) at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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