President Barack Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Monday, before a crowd of hundreds of thousands admirers, leading politicians, members of the Obama family including first lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Sasha and Malia, and other national luminaries.
Scroll down to watch the full video of President Obama's inaugural remarks, which were steeped in history and peppered with tributes to hope, vision and a steeled determination to fix many of the problems that face the United States as of Jan. 21, 2013. Scroll down to read the full text of his inaugural remarks.
The theme of the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies, which were the 57th in American history, was "Faith in America's Future," and the event came at a time of great turmoil in America's history, as gun violence, enduring economic troubles and congressional gridlock pose a number of challenges that Obama and the nation will have to face during the course of the president's second four-year term.
The "About" section of the official 57th-Inauguration website provides the following explanation of the historic event:
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"From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremonies represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership," the site read in the days leading up to the 2013 Inauguration. "As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past."
Next came the most memorable of the day's activities, the President's Inaugural Address, which has historically been seen as one of every president's most sacred duties, and will surely go down in history as one of Obama's most enduring speeches.
The Inaugural Ceremonies continue with a host of other events including the Inaugural Luncheon, the Inaugural Parade and, at last, the formal Inaugural Ball. The first Inaugural Ball was held by James and Dolley Madison in 1809.
Inaugurations typically take place on Jan. 20, but because that day was a Sunday this year, it was held the following day. This marks only the seventh time in American history that the constitutionally mandated Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration date has been on a Sunday, and as such, the White House hosted a private swearing-in ceremony that day, in keeping with a tradition that goes back to 1917, according to an explanation on the official Inaugural website.
Click play below to watch the full video of Obama's 2013 Inauguration speech, as provided by the U.K. newspaper The Guardian: