First lady Michelle Obama is wearing a navy Thom Browne coat and dress.The fabric for the first lady's Inauguration Day attire was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. The belt she is wearing is from J.Crew and her earrings are designed by Cathy Waterman. She is also wearing J.Crew shoes.
At the end of the inaugural festivities, the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.
Spectators heading to Monday's events are facing tight security. Screening lines in some places stretched a block.
The Secret Service, the lead law enforcement agency for the event, says there are so far no problems to report.
Officials are expecting far smaller crowds than the record-breaking turnout of 2009. A spokesman for the Metro transit system says 113,000 riders had boarded trains as of 8 a.m. Officials also hope more signs, and additional metal detectors, will ease congestion.
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Second inaugurals are often a kind of victory lap speech in a lot of ways, that would go back to Thomas Jefferson in 1805. Presidents are often reflecting on accomplishments of the administration and the challenges that will continue into the second term.- Presidential historian Leo Ribuffo of George Washington University
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21 Jan. 11:16 a.m. EST
While most Americans will catch glimpses of President Barack Obama's second inauguration festivities from their living room TVs or on the Internet, a privileged set of celebrities and special interests will get up close — in exclusive soirees just blocks from the ceremonies. Here's a look at the A-listers streaming in:
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Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. —President ObamaBarack Obamavia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Some words not included in Obama's prepared remarks:Guns. Republican. Partisan. Debt (tho there is one reference to the "deficit")cbabingtonvia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM
21 Jan. 12:26 p.m. EST
Personally selected by President Barack Obama, 44-year-old Blanco is the youngest-ever inaugural poet. He's also the first Hispanic or gay to recite a poem at the ceremony. Blanco, whose work explores his experience as a Cuban-American gay man, joins a select group of just five poets that includes Maya Angelou and the late Robert Frost. Below, a slideshow of inaugural poets:
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