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Obama’s Second Inauguration Draws 20.6 Million Viewers

Obama’s Second Inauguration Draws 20.6 Million Viewers

The White House(NEW YORK) — Monday’s presidential inauguration wasn’t the ratings draw that President Obama’s first swearing-in ceremony, in 2009, was.The Nielsen Company says an estimated 20.6 million people watched Obama’s inauguration, held in Wash…

Republicans Express Skepticism Following Obama’s Address

Republicans Express Skepticism Following Obama’s Address

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Given the statements made about President Obama’s second inaugural address, it appears that he won’t have an easy go of it with GOP lawmakers this term either.Some prominent Republicans lawmakers criticized Obama’s inaugur…

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and More Perform at Inauguration Balls

Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and More Perform at Inauguration Balls

Michael Kovac/WireImage(WASHINGTON) — Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and several other artists capped off Inauguration Day for President Obama Monday night with performances at the two official balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Wash…

Obama Digs at ‘Name Calling,’ Partisanship

Obama Digs at ‘Name Calling,’ Partisanship

ABC NewsBy Chris Good(WASHINGTON) — In his inaugural address, President Obama called on Washington to act — something it hasn’t done much of lately.His first term will be remembered for a lot of things — health-care reform and the ki…

Obama Getting Down to Business After Inaugural Address

Obama Getting Down to Business After Inaugural Address

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will be getting down to business shortly after he delivers his second inaugural address, officially submitting the names of his nominees for the posts of CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State and…

Paul Ryan Tweets Congratulations to Obama

Paul Ryan Tweets Congratulations to Obama

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — No word yet from Mitt Romney, but his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, sent out congrats to President Obama on Monday.”I congratulate President Obama on his inauguration, and I join the country in celebrat…

Corporate Cash Helps Fund Obama Inauguration Festivities

Corporate Cash Helps Fund Obama Inauguration Festivities

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In reversing President Obama’s position on accepting corporate sponsors for this weekend’s official inaugural festivities, the official inaugural committee has permitted a number of companies with interests pending b…

Obama’s Second Inaugural Address Confronts Familiar Challenges

Obama’s Second Inaugural Address Confronts Familiar Challenges

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — At the height of the “fiscal cliff” showdown, the final political battle of his first term, President Obama lamented the bitter persistence of Washington partisanship as “déjà vu all over again.”On Monday, as Obama…

A Prayer for the President and a Nation

A Prayer for the President and a Nation

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — When the Rev. Dr. Luis León delivers the benediction Monday at President Obama’s inauguration, his message will focus on uniting a divided nation.“My sense is that as a country we’re not …

Monday’s Inauguration Schedule

Monday’s Inauguration Schedule

Chris Dilts for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013(WASHINGTON) — This is the schedule of Monday’s inauguration of President Obama on the West Front of the Capitol.  The approximate times, all ET, come from the Joint Congressional Committee…

Obamas Share the Love, Even for First Lady’s Bangs

Obamas Share the Love, Even for First Lady’s Bangs

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama used the first public remarks of his second term to address what he called the “most significant” event of this weekend: his wife’s much-talked-about new haircut.&ldqu…

No Credible Threats Identified Against Monday’s Inauguration

No Credible Threats Identified Against Monday’s Inauguration

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — No credible threats have been identified ahead of Monday’s presidential inauguration.  But authorities say they are mindful of what happened in Algeria and the desires of al Qaeda, its sympathizers and lone-wolves….

D.C. Residents Make Big Bucks Renting Homes to Inauguration Visitors

D.C. Residents Make Big Bucks Renting Homes to Inauguration Visitors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — This weekend hundreds of thousands of Americans are flooding the nation’s capital, overtaking trains on the metro and annoyingly standing on the wrong side of the escalator. What better revenge for D.C. resid…

Inauguration to Cost Millions But Total Price Tag Unclear

Inauguration to Cost Millions But Total Price Tag Unclear

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — How much will all the inaugural events cost? It’s hard to say.While most events that occur in the capital have a hard-and-fast budget, the inauguration’s many moving parts, safety concerns and large geographi…

Inauguration Day Fun Facts: Flubbed Oaths, Dead Birds and Weird Hats

Inauguration Day Fun Facts: Flubbed Oaths, Dead Birds and Weird Hats

Sarah Sweeney/ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) — As far as the Constitution is concerned, all Barack Obama needs to do Monday before “he enters on the execution of his office” is take a 35-word oath and call it day. No Bible, no speech, no parade, no ball.T…

Presidents Bush to Skip Obama Inaugural

Presidents Bush to Skip Obama Inaugural

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former President George W. Bush does not plan to attend President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, joining his father, former President George H.W. Bush, among the living former presiden…

Inauguration Black Market Tickets Raise Dilemma, Stir Action

Inauguration Black Market Tickets Raise Dilemma, Stir Action

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If you’re still in the market for a free ticket to the inauguration swearing-in ceremony, it is going to cost you.The tickets are supposed to be distributed free of charge by congressional offices, but online scalp…

Inauguration Balls, Performers Revealed

Inauguration Balls, Performers Revealed

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Trevor Project(WASHINGTON) — Two inaugural balls will be held for President Obama on Jan. 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced on Friday.Both events will be held at the Walter E. Washington Conventi…

Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration over Previous Comments

Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration over Previous Comments

VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony after criticism of his previous anti-gay com…

Obama Picks Lincoln, MLK Bibles for Inauguration

Obama Picks Lincoln, MLK Bibles for Inauguration

The Lincoln Bible. US Library of Congress(WASHINGTON) — On the day of the Inaugural ceremony, President Obama will take the oath of office on two historic Bibles — one that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the other to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The …

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