President Obama’s second inauguration is Monday

Published 7:56 am Friday, January 18, 2013

Special to The Post-Searchlight

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, will be inaugurated into his second term of office on Monday, Jan. 21.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow and a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies established the date of the 2013 Inauguration as Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013 falls on a Sunday. This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985. When this occurs, the public ceremonies traditionally are held on Monday.

In addition, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will be the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a Presidential Inauguration. The first was President Bill Clinton’s second Inauguration in 1997.


The order of the program, which will be televised on the major broadcast and cable networks, will be as follows:


• Musical Selections—The United States Marine Band

• Musical Selections—PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee

• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

• Invocation—Myrlie Evers-Williams

• Musical Selection—Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

• Oath of Office Administered to Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor

• Musical Selection—James Taylor

• Oath of Office Administered to President Barack H. Obama By the Chief Justice of the United States, The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

• Inaugural Address: The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama

• Musical Selection—Kelly Clarkson

• Poem—Richard Blanco

• Benediction—To Be Announced

• The National Anthem—Beyoncé