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Obama’s Second Inaugural: A Gallery

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By HVpolitics on January 21, 2013

In a repeat of Sunday’s private ceremonies, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took the oath of office in public on Monday.

Here’s a gallery of the festivities in our nation’s capital…

Best pic of the day:

Barack Obama
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool

Is that Congressman Pete King on the right making sure to get up there close and get a good cell phone pic of Jay-Z and Beyoncé?

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European Pressphoto Agency

Inaugural Swearing In
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The new three amigos, yukkin’ it up.

Inaugural Swearing In
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Joe Biden ordered the small Bible. His son Beau shows O.

Barack Obama, Beau Biden
AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool

Get ready for some dad jokes, Sasha.

Inaugural Swearing In
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bill Clinton photobombs Kelly Clarkson!

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These guys are there …

Inaugural Swearing In
AP Photo/Cliff Owen

“I’m not gonna see this again.”

Here’s the full text of Obama’s second inaugural address — he went big as the RIGHTS president:

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.

Check it out in full here.

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