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.