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Live Blog: President Obama's Second Inauguration

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As President Obama takes the oath of office again today and lays out his vision for the next four years, we're live blogging before, during and after the ceremony.

Be sure to hit your refresh button to see our latest updates. For more of NPR's live coverage, an online chat and to hear what's on the air, click here. To read related stories and get to our inaugural trivia quiz, click here.

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET. The President's Daughters Are Taking Their Seats:

Following the arrival of Vice President Biden's children, the Obama girls — Malia and Sasha — have arrived on the podium with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.

Update at 10:56 a.m. ET. The President Is In The Capitol:

Others who have also arrived include former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Update at 10:43 a.m. ET. The President Is Headed To The Capitol.

Update at 10:40 a.m. ET. He Is "Honored And Grateful," Obama Tweets.

An Inauguration Day first? This message went out on the president's official Twitter page about an hour ago:

"I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go. -bo

Twitter isn't something previous presidents had to communicate with, of course.

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. The First Lady's Fashions:

For those anticipating what first lady Michelle Obama would wear on Inauguration Day, the first photo of her attending church with her husband in Lafayette Square, show her in a subdued checkered blue jacket by American fashion designer Thom Browne. The New York Times fashion reporter, Eric Wilson, says her coat and dress are custom made of "silk jacquard based on a necktie fabric."

Browne, who started out as a menswear designer, tells Wilson that being the first lady's choice is "one of those moments when I just can't believe that happened." The first lady had many choices for Inauguration Day, with designers sending her potential outfits for the entire weekend, which includes inaugural balls on Monday night. Her jacket and coat, along with her shoes by J.Crew, will ultimately go on display at the National Archives. Her oldest daughter, Malia, is also wearing J.Crew and The Wall Street Journal reports Sasha is wearing an outfit by the popular handbag designer, Kate Spade.

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. At Church, President Is Urged To Leverage His Power For Others:

At St. John's Episcopal Church this morning, Pastor Andy Stanley from North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., delivered the sermon. He spoke of Jesus washing his disciples' feet and saying "now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you should also watch each other's feet." The president, Pastor Stanley said, should follow that example and "leverage" his power for the benefit of others. (From a "pool" report filed by Jenee Desmond-Harris of The Root.)

Update at 10 a.m. ET. Crowd Growing; Mall Filling:

The view west from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument shows that the National Mall is filling.

Update at 9:45 a.m. ET. Yes, There's An App For That:

The Inaugural 2013 Official Mobile App, which will include streaming video, is here. It's download site is here.

Update at 9:42 a.m. ET. First Family Back In The White House:

The service at St. John's Episcopal is now over. The president and his family are back at the White House. Vice President Biden and his family are also there. Next up for all of them: Preparing for the ride to the Capitol.

Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. A Panoramic View:

NPR's Arnie Seipel took a wide shot from his perch to the side of the Capitol.

Update at 9:20 a.m. ET. A "Bling-ed" Obama Jersey:

NPR's Jeff Brady, who's out on the National Mall, came across Cheryl Copeland of Chicago. He says she is quite proud of her "bling-ed" Obama 44 football jersey. Jeff got her to stop for a photo. (Later, he sent along word that she told him that Obama is "the 44th President and I have it bling-ed in red, white and blue. ... We are loving this history. We're loving this. I am so emotional and happy right now that I just want to scream!")

Update at 9:10 a.m. ET. A Twitter List:

Our Social Media Desk has put together a Twitter List to collect inauguration-related tweets from NPR's correspondents and others who are out reporting today.

Update at 8:50 a.m. ET. First Family Arrives At Church:

The president, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Malia and Sasha and the first lady's mother — Marian Robinson — just arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Update at 8:45 a.m. ET. Crowd Is Gathering:

There were bundled-up folks heading toward the National Mall well before dawn this morning. Temperatures aren't expected to rise out of the 40s today and there will be gusty winds.

Four years ago, about 1.8 million people gathered for Obama's first inauguration. It's expected today's crowd less than half that size.

But while the crowd will be smaller, that's still a lot of people. Already, as USA Today writes, "they've filled street corners and [are in] in long snaking lines all around the Capitol and surrounding neighborhoods."

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who's out among the crowd, overheard this quip: "These hand warmers are like the stimulus. Maybe things would've been worse without them, but I can't tell."

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. Two Terms, Four Oaths:

Obama, as NPR's Nina Totenberg tells our Newscast Desk, will be only the second person to have taken the presidential oath of office four times.

How's that?

Well, Franklin Roosevelt was elected to office four times. But Obama has had to deal with some quirky complications.

In 2009, as Nina reminds us, Obama was sworn in twice because he and Chief Justice John Roberts famously "messed up the wording" during the ceremony on the steps of the Capitol. C-SPAN has video of that odd moment here.

To quiet some of those pesky bloggers who were trying to make the case that Obama hadn't really taken the oath, he and the chief justice did it again in private the next day.

This year, Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) fell on a Sunday. Modern tradition, Nina says, calls for holding a private swearing-in on the Sunday and a public ceremony the next day. So, yesterday the president took the oath (again from Roberts) at the White House. And today they'll repeat the process in public.

So, two terms and four oaths.

Contributors to this post included: Padmananda Rama, Arnie Seipel, Ari Shapiro, Jeff Brady, Nina Totenberg and Tamara Keith.

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