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Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony 2013

By January 17, 2013

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The oath of office will be administered to the President-elect and the Vice President-elect on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on January 21, 2013, 11:30 a.m. The inaugural theme, "Faith in America's Future" commemorates the United States' perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. The official Inaugural Program, Luncheon, and other activities will reflect the theme.

The order of the program will be as follows:

Musical Selections
The United States Marine Band
PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
Charles E. Schumer

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, Sonia Sotomayor

Musical Selection
"America the Beautiful" by James Taylor

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

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

Musical Selection
"My Country Tis of Thee" by Kelly Clarkson

Richard Blanco

To Be Announced

The National Anthem

Every person attending the Swearing-in Ceremony on the Capitol Grounds is required to have a ticket, including children (with the exception of infants too young to walk). Members of Congress receive a limited quantity of free tickets to distribute to the public at their discretion. Tickets are not needed to watch the ceremony from the National Mall. Read More About the Presidential Inauguration
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January 12, 2013 at 4:28 am
(1) rhonda cobb says:

How can someone pledge to uphold the constitution of the United States if they can’t follow. The official swearing in date is plainly wriiten in our constittuition as January 20the following the election. I’ve always remembered that date since it is on my birthday.

January 12, 2013 at 8:28 am
(2) clayton says:

there’s a private ceremony on the 20th

January 12, 2013 at 10:14 am
(3) Inez says:

Is there already a timetable for the events? The only thing I can find is that ticketed guest should arrive by 9 am. How about the people that just want to go to the mall. What time would be a good time to arrive for them and at what time do the festivities actually start?

January 12, 2013 at 10:26 am
(4) Patricia says:

Who sets the program and selects the speakers for the ceremony?

January 12, 2013 at 10:41 am
(5) Rachel Cooper says:

The time of the swearing in has not been officially announced. The Inaugural committee releases information very late. Based on the schedule four years ago and the schedule for the parade, the swearing-in ceremony will probably be between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The program is put together by the inaugural committee and the President does contribute to the decisions about the participants.

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am
(6) SWC says:

rhonda, the arrangement of swearing in twice because the 20th lands on a Sunday has happened before… check your calendars dating back to 1953.


Both Eisenhower & Reagan were forced to take two oaths during their 2nd inaugurations because the date fell on a Sunday.

This time around is no different.

January 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(7) Cass Cur says:

It states the swearing-in ceremony will be between 1130 and 12noon, is that to mean the President will be sworn in between that time or is that when the festivities will begin???

January 15, 2013 at 6:44 am
(8) Rachel Cooper says:

An exact time has not been officially announced. If you are attending the ceremony you will need to arrive very early to get through security and find a good spot.

January 15, 2013 at 7:44 am
(9) angie says:

The 20th is s Sunday so this year the ceremony is on s Monday.

January 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm
(10) Beverly J Darby says:

We are some very unlearned people when we can’t have things our way or when there is change. I pray after listening to some of these comments that I listen and repeat the Serenty Prayer.

January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(11) CG says:


The inauguration is at 1130, do you know, do the musical acts start before or after 11:30am? What is a good time to head to the inauguration if you were not lucky enough to get tickets from your Senator?


January 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm
(12) Rachel Cooper says:

Musical acts will start in advance. The official program begins at 11:30. I can’t really give advice on how early to arrive. I’ve only attended the 2009 inauguration and the crowds were the largest ever. This event is expected to draw about half as many people, between 600,000 and 800,000. That’s still a large crowd and good viewing spots can be hard to find. So, the earlier you can get there the better. Here’s some information about transportation: http://dc.about.com/od/transportation/a/InaugTransport.htm

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Inauguration is an auspicious event. Our prayers go out to the first family Obamas and second family Bidens. It a the greatest celebration of bipartisanship in America. The final catch is How can I get a ticket to attend?

January 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(14) dc says:

You don’t need a ticket to attend the public events (watching from the swearing in from the Mall) and the parade from Pennsylvania Ave. See the details here: http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Presidential-Inauguration-2013-Washington-Dc.htm

January 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(15) Simple Simon says:

***** Rhonda Cobbs
Sunday, January 20 – The President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony. In accordance with the

January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm
(16) robin says:

Hi rachel i am in a group some of us have tickets to the swearing in ceremony and some us don’t. is the capitol swearing seats far from the national mall. i am trying to see if we should get off at different metrorail stops and meet back up later

January 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm
(17) Rachel Cooper says:

You probably will want to get off at different Metro stops, but it does depend what color your tickets are. Here’s a map which shows the entrances: http://dc.about.com/library/maps/blmapInauguralSwearingin.htm

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 18, 2013 at 10:16 am
(18) Terri says:

I received an invitation to the inauguration in the mail that I did not order. I am wondering if it is real or a hoax. How do I find out?

January 18, 2013 at 10:37 am
(19) Carol Borczyk says:

Please tell me what provisions there are for the handicapped , those with mobility problems ? Can we bring collapsible chairs in a bag ? I have not seen any information posted anywhere on guidelines for those with special needs. Please help ! Thank you !

January 18, 2013 at 10:54 am
(20) Pam says:

Rhonda re-read the Constitution. The swearing in ceremony is on January 20th unless it falls on a Sunday, then the ceremony is moved to Monday… The laws of the Constitution are being followed and upheld.

January 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(21) Lee says:

Rhonda, sometimes believing anchors and tv pundits paid to anger and support bigotry is a mistake. Taking time to educate yourself without going to right or left extreme sources, is much more AMERICAN.

Remember that slogan: America First – which benefits you, family, and country.

January 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(22) Glen Wills says:

To our American cousins,we in the UK will be watching and wishing we had a visionary lie President Obama ,,, God bless us and you,,, Onwards and forwards

January 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(23) nodak says:

So you selling tickets to a free event is pretty appalling. The tickets were distributed to each Congress members constituents which are free. Even if you don’t have a ticket you can still come to the mall and enjoy the inauguration for FREE.

In response to comment one. The constitution is being upheld as there will be a swearing in ceremony. The event was moved to Monday due to the 20th being on a Sunday. So no worries. The constitution is being upheld. Read a paper?

January 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm
(24) OdSkip says:

Is there a good website to watch the entire inauguration ceremony on Monday? Should I just watch on CNN or is there an official Internet viewing site?

January 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(25) CS Hamilton says:

To Rhonda Cobb: If January 20th is a Sunday, Inauguration Day is on the 21st. Up until 1937 the inauguration was on March 4th. Happy Birthday to you — and remember that age does not automatically equal wisdom.

January 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(26) Donna says:

To OdSkip— C-SPAN usually has pretty good coverage and your local PBS station should have it as well. I always find out historic things that I didn’t know from C-SPAN.

January 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(27) Jerry says:

None of the 7 presidents whose term began (will begin) on a Sunday were beginning a first of multiple terms in office. So I guess what this portends to future presidents beginning a first term is not to even try to run for a second term.

January 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm
(28) gjhagans says:

Really Ronda Cobb, that’s the best you can come up with? I believe this has been done MANY times before so you may want to do your homework before making statements that have not been researched and aren’t factually based. Per the Constitution…the private swearing-in ceremony is on the 20th, public ceremony on the 21st. Got it now??? Happy Birthday!

January 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm
(29) Rachel Cooper says:

Here are a few answers to the above questions

18 – Teri – I don’t know, but 4 years ago, invitations were sent out as a formal announcement. They were invitations, not tickets and people were confused by that. Seems like a strange custom, but that is most likely what you got in the mail.

19 – Carol – This article in the Washington Post should answer your questions about handicap provisions – http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/presidential-inauguration-guide-for-the-disabled-or-elderly/2013/01/17/c21cac60-6034-11e2-a389-ee565c81c565_story.html

24 -OdSkip – The inauguration will be livestreamed here:

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm
(30) Betty says:

I certainly hope James Taylor and Beyonce don’t mess up the beautiful songs they are scheduled to sing. Musicians take too much li8berties with the good music as written.

January 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(31) Lee says:

Rhonda, you have certainly generated a lot of conversation but use the dictionary next time to spell constitution! and check your history for the date of the inauguration when it falls on a Sunday.

January 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(32) Kat W says:

When are they thinking the event will end? I’ve made plans to watch the program on TV in DC then go to VA. It occurs to me we may have a hard time heading to VA at 5 or 6

January 20, 2013 at 10:21 am
(33) Rachel Cooper says:

Kat – The parade will run at least 2 hours so 5-6pm will likely be a busy time for traffic.

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm
(34) Ana says:

Rhonda, before tyring to be critical maybe you should know the facts first. As someone has already informed you, the official swearing in has been conducted on January 20th in a private ceremony. It is out of the President’s control that the 20th occurs on Sunday. Btw, Happy Bday to you!

January 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(35) Chip Evans says:

Historically, there has been a tradition that the Inaugural is NOT held on Sundays. This is the fourth time it has been delayed a day.

January 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm
(36) Lynda Smith says:

Why aren’t our most talented American singers doing solos – like Jesse Norman, Renee Fleming Thomas Hamson for instance? There are many others who can really sing!

January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(37) Ulysses McDowell says:

All you right wing nuts should just shut up. Obama’s in again, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

January 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(38) April says:

Hopefully Rhonda you will research before embarrassing yourself again.

January 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm
(39) Tessa says:

What Ana said!

January 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm
(40) Anne says:

Can you take portable chairs, the kind that have a bag and fit across the shoulder. We don’t have tickets, so we will be at the National Mall or somewhere where they allow people without tickets.

January 21, 2013 at 1:57 am
(41) Sandra Gerhardt says:

I understand that Pastor Adam Hamilton will preach at the Tuesday morning prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. I’ve seen little or no information about that service and his preaching for it. Will you please give me the particulars – Pastor Hamilton’s credentials and denomination, and when and where this service can be viewed on television or online? Thanks much!

January 21, 2013 at 6:54 am
(42) Rachel Cooper says:

Anne – Portable chairs are allowed in the National Mall area.

Sandra – A recognized community and spiritual leader, Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, which he launched with his wife and two children in 1990. The congregation has since grown to over 18,000 under his leadership and is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. Hamilton holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. Hamilton was named one of “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and United Methodist Person of the Year for 2012 by the United Methodist Reporter for his leadership within the United Methodist Church. He has written and published 15 books and been the recipient of numerous community service awards. The service will also be webcast live at http://www.nationalcathedral.org.

Rachel Cooper
About.com Washington DC

January 21, 2013 at 9:21 am
(43) C. Nick says:

OMG! You are all hysterical, weaving in your political messages and ‘oh-so-smart’ factoids to show how aware you are. This is intended to be an informational piece about the Inauguration Day activities to help folks find that kind of information. Give it a rest already! Jeez, no wonder we are becoming such a divided nation with this kind of egocentrism.

January 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(44) Ken d says:

Well done C Nick Your comments on “right on”– or Am I doing the same thing. Seriously your point is well taken.

January 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm
(45) Lisa says:

To the American of this great country, The Inaugural Oath was taken in the blue room. A private ceremony for Obama and family. Yes, all President take the oath on Jan 20th. Then Obama took the second oath on Jan 21th for the public.

January 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm
(46) Lisa says:

To the Americans of this great Country, The Inaugural Oath was taken in the Blue room. A private ceremony for Obama and family. Yes, all President take the oath on Jan 20th. Then Obama took the second oath on Jan 21th for the public.

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