WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is at the U.S. Capitol for the public swearing-in marking the start of his second term.
Obama was cheered in the streets as his motorcade slowly made its way along Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol.
He'll be speaking to a huge crowd on the Mall and millions more watching on TV, hoping to set an optimistic tone for a divided nation looking for solutions to economic problems at home and conflict overseas.
Obama will urge lawmakers to find common ground. He'll preview his second-term goals, including immigration reform, stricter gun-control laws and an end to the war in Afghanistan.
Obama was sworn in privately in a much lower-key event yesterday, in accordance with the Constitution, which sets Jan. 20 as the beginning of a presidential term.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter joined lawmakers and other dignitaries at the Capitol for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in Monday to a second term.
The two men are the only living Democrats who have occupied the White House. Clinton was accompanied by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is departing as Obama's second term gets under way.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter accompanied her husband for the ceremonies at the Capitol's West front.
Neither former President George W. Bush nor his father, former President George H.W. Bush, were expected to attend. Both are Republicans.
The elder Bush was recently released from the hospital, where he was treated for bronchitis and other issues.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has begun his inauguration day listening to a church pastor urging him to use his power to benefit others, and the nation.
It was part of the sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, where Obama and his family attended services this morning. Vice President Joe Biden and his family also attended.
Inside, R&B singer Ledisi, a favorite of Mrs. Obama's, sang a solo titled "I Feel Like Goin' On."
The sermon was delivered by Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., who asked what one does when they realize they're the most powerful person in that room. He said, "You leverage that power for the benefit of other people in the room." To the president, he said: "Mr. President, you have an awfully big room. It's as big as our nation."
Obama left to cheers from a waiting crowd, then headed back to the White House as time neared to take the oath of office for his second term.