Presidential Inauguration

7:31am

Mon January 21, 2013
NPR Story

With Inauguration Day Under Way, A Look Ahead At Second Term

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 9:46 am

Besides President Obama's oath and address, Monday's festivities will include an invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, Vice President Joe Biden's oath and poet Richard Blanco. Looking ahead to Obama's second term, politics in Washington seems as broken and gridlocked as ever.

7:21am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Salt

The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:41 am

Elena Fox from Charm City Cakes works on a layer of the official cake for the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
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How do you get picked to bake the inaugural cake? Is there a long application process that involves standardized tests, or is it more like the Publishers Clearing House, where someone surprises you at your door with a camera crew?

Duff Goldman says he's still not sure how it happened.

"They called us out of the blue," he says. "I got a text message from my office manager saying, 'Hey, we're making the official inaugural cake.' "

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6:58am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:25 pm

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
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5:45am

Mon January 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Inaugural Parade Begins At The Pentagon Moves To D.C.

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. One of the liveliest parts of today's events dates back to the very first Inauguration, and that would be the inaugural parade. After George Washington took his oath of office, he was joined by a procession made up of local militias as he made his way from Mount Vernon to New York City. Today, the parade is a colorful blend of marching bands, floats and different organizations led by ceremonial military regiments.

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5:36am

Mon January 21, 2013
Around the Nation

NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' To March In Inaugural Parade

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The inaugural parade will have floats and marching bands, and for science geeks a special treat - life-size replicas of the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, and the Orion space capsule. The biggest attraction may be marching alongside the replicas: Bobak Ferdowsi, the go-to guy for last year's Mars landing, who came to be known as Mohawk Guy. He told Wired magazine he'll reveal a special new hairstyle just for today's parade. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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