Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Read the full text of President Barack Obama's speech, made on the occasion of his 2013 inauguration.
Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama, as Prepared for Delivery Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 Washington, DC Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Supporters said they are hopeful President Obama will do more for middle-class America.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa Hightower didn’t attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration four years ago and refused to miss this one. Hightower traveled from Brooklyn, N.Y. with her children. With a full plate of issues, Hightower said the next four years could be very trying for Obama. “I expect our president will be challenged,” Hightower said. “This is about our future.” Thousands of people filled the National Mall to hear the president’s inaugural address and snap photos of him in the parade. Some were vocal about their wish list for the president, hoping he does more to unite Democrats and Republicans, while others voiced their opinions about gun laws by holding up signs. Penny Troutner, of Baltimore, said the president’s biggest …
Monday, January 21, 2013
A photo album of President Barack Obama's second Inauguration Day.
Photos of Inauguration Day events by Fredericksburg Patch editor Susan Larson. For more, see the Presidential Inauguration 2013 Guide on Fredericksburg Patch. Find Fredericksburg Patch via:
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Take with you as little as possible. A wide range of items are prohibited at inauguration events, including the swearing in ceremony and parade.
One Patch local editor attended the 2009 presidential inauguration downtown, and brought a beach chair with her. She had to leave it outside the security gates. Don't let something like that happen to you! For more on the 57th Presidential Inauguration, visit Fredericksburg Patch's Presidential Inauguration 2013 Topic Page. Here's the official list of what is prohibited from the inauguration ceremony, inauguration parade and other inaugural events. This information comes from inauguration.dc.gov: The US Secret Service, Metropolitan Police Department, US Capitol Police, and other local and federal agencies are providing an unprecedented level of security for the Inauguration. As a security precaution, the following items will be prohibited…
Helpful details to navigate the crowds and security on Inauguration Day.
While the crowds may not be as intense as in 2009, when an estimated 1.8 million people came to DC for President Barack Obama’s inauguration, there’s still a lot of info you need to know to survive the day. From Metro closures and changes to where to eat and how to stay warm, Patch has you covered. Transportation What to Bring Essentially, you should bring yourself, an ID and as few other items as possible. There’s an extensive list of prohibited items, including backpacks, strollers (in certain areas) and more. See the list of prohibited items here. Weather and Staying Warm Forecasts indicate Monday’s weather will be cold, with a possibility of snow flurries. Temperatures will struggle to reach 35 degrees during the day, and be in the 20s…
Many roads will be blocked off, parking will be dicey.
Thinking of driving to the inauguration? Access will be limited, but it can be done—just be ready to sit in a lot of traffic. “Because Inauguration Day falls on a legal public holiday – the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. — this year, tens of thousands of local residents of the District, Virginia, and Maryland will also be in attendance," Martha Mitchell Meade, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs, said in a news release. "... Motorists should keep a full tank of gasoline in their vehicles, just in case they are stranded or stuck in traffic," she said. "Inauguration goers should have a fully charged cell phone. Because use may be limited, send a text message to someone who can call a tow truck or Virginia's …
Vice President Joe Biden took the oath of office Sunday in an early morning ceremony at the Naval Observatory. President Barack Obama will be sworn in just before noon at the White House, 24 hours before re-enacting the ceremony before hundreds of thousa