The sun rises before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Bibles belonging to President Abraham Lincoln and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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President Obama is surrounded by (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while signing a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol on Jan. 21, in Washington, DC.

US Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., First lady Michelle Obama, US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden pause to pay their respects at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in the Capitol rotunda as they leave the 2013 Inaugural Luncheon

The Inaugural Parade begins along Pennsylvania Avenue

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