Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Today, President Barack Obama took a public oath of office and began his second term as President of the United States of America. While the ceremony was by all accounts smaller than the one four years ago, it was still full of tradition, flag-waving, pomp and circumstance. Check out these memorable images from the event.

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Former President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (right) and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Clarence Thomas

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

James Taylor and Kim Taylor

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

U.S. Sen. John Kerry

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Bill and Hillary Clinton embrace President Obama

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Al Sharpton

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Sen. Al Franken

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Dr. Jill Biden

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

POTUS and FLOTUS K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Malia Obama and Natasha "Sasha" Obama

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

The First Daughters greet their father

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Sasha and Malia and their cousin Avery Robinson

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

The Obama ladies (and "first grandmother" Marian Robinson, on the left)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

The First Family

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, wife Amy Rule

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President of the United States

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

The VPOTUS and the POTUS

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Rep. Steny Hoyer

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

U.S. Sen John McCain and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Congressman Paul Ryan

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Poet Richard Blanco

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Kelly Clarkson greets the President

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Katy Perry and John Mayer

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Katy Perry and John Mayer

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Myrlie Evers-Williams

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Chuck Schumer enjoying the vocal stylings of Beyoncé

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Another historic moment

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Check out Sasha gazing upon Beyoncé

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Beyoncé embracing First Lady Michelle Obama

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

An airbrushed Obama sweatshirt

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Gustavo Cinfuentes (L) and Greg Josken hug near the U.S. Capitol building as they stand on the National Mall waiting for the start of the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Susannah Ward (L) and Daniela Zara and others gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Rickita Glass (L) and Kelly Grimes and others gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Sydney Yochum sits on the shoulders of Luis Lauro Lopez near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall as they and others wait for the start of the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: People lie and sit on the ground as they gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

Official caption from Getty Images:

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: People walk past a homeless man who did not want to be identified on their way to the National Mall to attend the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama, will be ceremonially sworn in for his second term today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

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Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration