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President's Inaugural Festivities Kick Off With National Day of Service

on January 19, 2013 - 10:47am

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov

WHITE HOUSE News:

Inaugural festivities for the President of the United States begin today, Jan 19 with a National Day of Service.

Americans from all across the country - including President Obama and his family - will join together to participate in service projects in their communities.

President Obama's first term ends at noon Jan. 20, at which point, the President and Vice President will be sworn-in for a second term in a small ceremony at the White House.

It's a longstanding tradition, however, that when the date of the swearing-in falls on a Sunday, a separate, public inauguration ceremony is held the next day.

So Monday Jan. 21, President Obama will join Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower, Wilson, Hayes, Taylor, and Monroe in marking a second, ceremonial swearing-in event on a Monday.

That event will occur at the U.S. Capitol, and it's when President Obama will give his Inaugural Address.

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