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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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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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