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  • Presidential inauguration: 700,000 expected in D.C. to watch Obama take oath of office

    01/21/2013 7:17:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 199 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/21/2013
    WASHINGTON -- Four years after making history by becoming the first African-American president, Barack Obama will kick off his second term on Monday with a scaled-back inauguration that reflects the tempered expectations for his next four years in office. Lingering high unemployment, bitter political battles and a divisive re-election campaign have punctured the mood of optimism and hope that infused Obama's 2009 inauguration after a sweeping election win. This time, Obama's inauguration will feature smaller crowds and a reduced slate of inaugural balls and parties to match the more subdued tenor of the times. When Obama raises his right hand...