After officially being sworn in on Sunday, President Obama took the Oath of Office for a second time in an inauguration ceremony Monday. The President gave an inaugural address that touched on a wide range of subjects, while urging Americans to work together.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from the U.S. Capitol:
The words of Presidents past and the founding fathers served as a common thread for President Obama’s second inaugural address.
(President Obama) “We bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.”
But the President says as times change, we must change, equating the abolition of slavery and civil rights to today’s struggles.
(President Obama) “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”
President Obama also renewing calls for equal pay for women and a response to the threat of climate change.
On the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
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After the festivities, which included a post-speech luncheon with Congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices at the U.S. Capitol, the President and First Lady made their way back to the White House as part of a large parade.
FOX News Radio’s Steve Taylor watched it all from Lafayette Park:
In bright January sunshine, President and Mrs. Obama walked the last part of their trip, holding hands and waving to a large crowd as they strolled along Pennsylvania Ave. between Lafayette Park and the White House. Not far behind, Vice President and Mrs. Biden, also walking and waving to the spectators.
The Inaugural Parade features almost 9,000 marchers, military and civilian, from every state in the Union.
The big day went on into the night for the President. After a little down time following the parade, President and Mrs. Obama attended two inaugural balls held at the convention center in Washington.
The couple shared a dance to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” sung by Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson. Other performers on the night included Alicia Keys and country star Brad Paisley, while Jamie Foxx serenaded Vice President Joe Biden and his wife during their first dance.
The two balls – the Commander-in-Chief Ball and the Inauguration Ball (split between two halls) – were a much lower-key night for the President than four years ago. There were 10 balls held in 2009.