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President Barack Obama now faces the heavy lifting of trying to move ahead on the lofty second-term vows and declarations he laid out in his inaugural address.
As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.
The subway in the nation's capital recorded 779,787 passenger entries to the system on Inauguration Day, about 70 percent of ridership on Inauguration Day in 2009.
The hundreds of thousands of spectators at President Barack Obama's second inauguration Monday encountered strict security screening, slow-moving lines at checkpoints and a packed National Mall. But while some inauguration-goers complained they were stalled in getting into the swearing-in ceremony, or had difficulty accessing public transit, law enforcement authorities reported no major security problems from a crowd that was smaller than the record-breaking turnout of 2009.
Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.
President Barack Obama has thanked the troops during an inaugural ball honoring the military, and says their nation is behind them.
An inauguration planning official says turnout was "definitely above 800,000" and possibly up to one million people.
President Barack Obama pledged in his inaugural address Monday to respond to the threat of climate change, saying the "failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
A wistful moment for President Barack Obama came shortly after his public swearing-in ceremony.
President Barack Obama says it was a privilege to take the oath of office using a Bible that had been owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday emerged twice from their limousine to respond to wildly cheering crowds along the inaugural parade route from Capitol Hill to the White House.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are congratulating President Barack Obama as he begins his second term.
President Barack Obama never mentioned the words Democrat or Republican, yet his second inaugural address was a decidedly political speech.
Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate.
While most Americans caught distant glimpses of President Barack Obama's second inauguration festivities from their living room TVs and on the Internet, a privileged set of celebrities and special interests got pampered access Monday at exclusive soirees just blocks from the ceremonies.
President Barack Obama has told lawmakers he's confident they can act together to make a difference for the country's children, "and our children's children."
It was the last time that Barack Obama would be sworn in as president of the United States and he wanted to savor the moment.
They sat in wheelchairs as honored guests at President Barack Obama's second inaugural, attended to almost minute-by-minute by active duty members of the military. For these Tuskegee Airmen, members of the famed all-black unit of World War II and several years beyond, the tables surely turned.
Vice President Joe Biden says the reason he has been called upon to close deals with congressional Republicans is because he has developed trust with lawmakers over the course of four decades in Washington and because they know he speaks for President Barack Obama.
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