Ever wonder what's on top of the U.S. Capitol? The Statue of Freedom, designed by Thomas Crawford, who was American, but moved to Rome at the age of 21, and who died in 1857 before the statue was cast. The bronze statue is 19 feet six inches tall. A plaster version is now in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall.
The view of the Mall in the other direction to the Washington Monument:
No sign of George W. Bush, #43. George H.W. Bush is still ill, but sent kind words. Presidents Carter and Clinton were there.
First came the oath of office for Vice President Joe Biden, administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
James Taylor then sang "America the Beautiful"(click to view):
Then, Barack Hussein Obama's oath of office, with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts:
Then President Obama gave his Inaugural Address:
Kelly Clarkson (first American Idol winner...can you believe they're into their 12th season) sang "My Country Tis of Thee." You need to really concentrate to see her:
Richard Blanco read a poem:
Plus, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson and a lot more.