Pomp and Pageantry: Scenes From Today's Inauguration

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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.

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Former President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton

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

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich

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

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Clarence Thomas

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Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

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James Taylor and Kim Taylor

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry

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Bill and Hillary Clinton embrace President Obama

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Al Sharpton

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Sen. Al Franken

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

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Dr. Jill Biden

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

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

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Malia Obama and Natasha "Sasha" Obama

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The First Daughters greet their father

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Sasha and Malia and their cousin Avery Robinson

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

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The First Family

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

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, wife Amy Rule

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

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The VPOTUS and the POTUS

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Rep. Steny Hoyer

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

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Congressman Paul Ryan

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Poet Richard Blanco

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Kelly Clarkson greets the President

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Katy Perry and John Mayer

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Katy Perry and John Mayer

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé

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Myrlie Evers-Williams

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

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Chuck Schumer enjoying the vocal stylings of Beyoncé

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Another historic moment

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Check out Sasha gazing upon Beyoncé

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Beyoncé embracing First Lady Michelle Obama

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An airbrushed Obama sweatshirt

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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DISCUSSION

petrichor
petrichor

It occurred to me today that although my husband and I are fairly politically minded Obama supporters, I don't think we have ever talked about even the most basic stuff with our kids. They are only 3 and 5, so it's not like they should know all about it, but I was curious as to whether they knew anything at all. So I showed some inauguration photos to my 5 year old and asked if he knew who this was and what was going on.

He replied "That's Brock-O-Rama. People voted for him twice so he's having a party." Not gonna lie, I'm kind of proud right now. Feel free to "cool story" me. I know I deserve it.