Obama's Inauguration Ball

Barack Obama said his wife Michelle made him "a better man and better President" at the Commander in Chief's Inauguration Ball. Thousands of people gathered in Washington to see Obama publicly sworn in as US president for his second term.

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President Obama sworn in for second term

President Obama Credit: Reuters

President Obama has taken the oath of office at his Inauguration in Washington DC.

The oath reads as follows: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of Pres of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

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Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams gives invocation

The civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams is delivering the invocation - the first time a woman and a layperson has had this honour.

She was chosen to mark the anniversary of the murder of the NAACP Field Secretary in Mississippi Medgar Evers, who was her husband.

Myrlie fought for 30 years to bring her husband's murderer to justice.

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Inauguration theme: 'Faith in America's future'

The theme of President Obama's second inauguration is 'Faith in America's future'. This will inform his inaugural address at 5pm.

  • Draws on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the completion of the Capitol dome in 1863.
  • Construction on the dome was threatened during the American Civil War but workers continued without pay in the hope that it would become a symbol of unity.
  • Theme stresses the ‘perseverance and unity’ of the United States. Echoes the 'Forward' theme used in the closing months of Obama's election campaign.
  • Obama's 2009 inaugural theme 'A New Birth Of Freedom' also paid tribute to President Lincoln.
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