President Barack Obama's inauguration

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by The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness Obama's swearing in and inaugural address Monday. The celebrations will extend across the nation's capital, including the traditional inaugural parade and a pair of glitzy formal balls.

The schedule for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (all times CST):

Monday, Jan. 21

7:45 a.m. — The Obamas and Bidens attend a church service at St. John's Episcopal Church.

10:20 a.m. — Ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol.

10:50 a.m. — Obama gives the inaugural address.

The order of the program:

Musical selections: The U.S. Marine Band

Musical selections: P.S. 22, Staten Island in N.Y., and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.

Call to order and welcoming remarks: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams

Musical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Oath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Musical selection: James Taylor

Oath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John Roberts

Inaugural address: President Obama

Musical selection: Kelly Clarkson

Poem: Richard Blanco

Benediction: the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church, Washington

The National Anthem: Beyoncé

12:05 p.m. — Obama, Biden and their wives attend the inaugural luncheon.

1:40 p.m. — Inaugural parade begins. The Obamas and Bidens participate in a parade featuring floats and vehicles representing about 60 groups. Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue.

5 p.m. — The Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. The gala honors service members and their families.

5:30 p.m. — The Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

 

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