Barack Obama addresses the country on a historic Monday as he officially begins his second term as Commander in Chief.
President Barack Obama started his day like any other. Except that on this Monday, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he will address the citizens of this country at the 57th presidential inauguration ceremony that officials marks the start of his encore as chief executive. The president aims to set an up-beat mood as he takes the official oath and deliver his inaugural speech. Celebrations continue after the ceremony with the traditional parade and two ritzy formal balls.
Along with Vice President Joe Biden, the Obama family began their day at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Also known as “The Church of the Presidents,” St. John’s is located right across from the White House. The church also has a specific pew that is always reserved for the commander-in-chief.
Despite all the glitz and glamour surrounding inauguration day, the centerpiece is Obama’s inaugural address given at the Capital as millions more people watch tune in to watch the broadcast. During a preview of his address Obama said, “What the inauguration reminds us of is the role we have as fellow citizens in promoting a common good.” A series of historical American flags adorned the United States Capitol building to help commemorate the special event.
Organizers of the event predict as attendance of around 700,000 spectators on Monday, which would make this the largest second-term inauguration in history. Although still full of anticipation, the mood is a bit more calm compared to Obama’s first presidential inauguration four years ago. The swearing of the nation’s first black president drew 1.8 million people to the Mall.
As the chief executive steps up to give his second-term acceptance speech the sites around his are anything short of historically relevant. His panorama will include a construction site for the National Museum of African American History and Culture near the Washington Monument. To his left and slightly out of site but not mind is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. And, straight ahead Obama will stare directly at the Lincoln Memorial, which was also the backdrop for King’s most famous speech on civil rights.
In spite of the cold weather, excited citizens lined up in the wee hours of the morning hoping to grab a good seat for the speeches. Many of those supporters brought their American flags and proudly waved them in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Some people even brought their own Obama-branded American flags to welcome the president to his second term. Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country Tis of Thee” followed by Beyoncé belting out a beautiful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”