Watch Obama inauguration live: schedule, streaming
If you can't make it to Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's inauguration, don't sweat it: you can still watch the proceedings live, either on television or online.
When is the Obama Inauguration?
The Presidential Inauguration begins at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT on January 21, 2013. The inauguration is followed by the Inaugural Parade, the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, and the Inaugural Ball.
Because January 20 falls on a Sunday, the inauguration actually happens twice: Barack Obama has already been sworn in for his second term at 11:55am. The swearing-in was a small, private ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, conducted by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. The public inauguration falls on the 21st, a Monday.
Joe Biden was sworn in as Vice President at his official residence by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Both Justices will repeat their duties on Monday.
Obama's second inauguration happens to fall on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as did Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration. Obama will swear in with two Bibles: one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 (also used in Obama's first inauguration); and a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Watch the inauguration live
If you're not in front of a television (CNN, BBC, virtually every other news station in North America and beyond), here's how you can watch Obama's second inauguration live:
- Politico Live: Livestream with commentary.
- New York Times Front Page: Anchored by D.C. bureau chief David Leonhardt. You can also watch live via the video player below.
- NPR: Watch NPR's front page for the livestream link.
- Fox News: That one'll be fun.
- PBS NewsHour: This livestream is already underway; perhaps the only news outlet using a GoPro.
For those keeping count, January 21 will see the fourth time John Roberts has administered the Oath of Office to Barack Obama: in 2009, Roberts messed it up, and required a do-over.