Posted: Dec 19, 2012 4:50 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2012 4:50 PM
President Barack Obama will take the oath of office next month to be sworn in for a second term as the 44th president of the United States. Three days of events, beginning Saturday, Jan. 19, and ending Monday, Jan. 21, are being organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee in celebration.
The Associated Press will provide full text, photo, video, interactive and graphics coverage of the 57th presidential inauguration.
The schedule of events announced to date is as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 19: National Day of Service. Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, and some members of the Cabinet will participate in service projects throughout the Washington area.
Sunday, Jan. 20: Obama's private swearing-in ceremony at the White House for the presidential term that begins at noon EST. A private ceremony is tradition when Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday.
Monday, Jan. 21, also the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday: Obama's ceremonial swearing-in for the public on the West Front of the Capitol, followed by his inaugural address, the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and the evening's official inaugural balls. The Presidential Inaugural Committee still hasn't said how many balls will be held, but it is expected to be fewer than the 10 parties held in 2009.
We plan the following stories in the days leading up to inaugural weekend:
Inauguration Speech-The Sequel. A look at second term inaugural addresses.
Obama-Legacy. What does he want it to be?
Obama-Then and Now. We look back to the start of Obama's presidency and trace the arc forward.
Second Term-Pitfalls. A historical piece about the potential dangers when second-term presidents overreach.
Additionally, we'll have these offerings:
Inauguration-Security and Protests.