President Barack Obama waits as he is introduced for an event honoring the recipients of the 2011 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, in the Blue Room of the White House, Feb. 1, 2013. A bust of Christopher Columbus is seen at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The second inauguration ceremony of Barack Hussein Obama was held in Washington DC on Monday, Jan. 21, a week of extravaganzas, including the presidential swearing-in ceremony,Inaugural address,Inaugural parade and numerous inaugural balls, honoring the elected president of the United States.
The 20th Amendment clearly states,”the president must take an oath of office on January 20th’.” Since the 20 fell on a Sunday, a private swearing in ceremony was held on that date and the public ceremony and parade were held on the following day
“It’s a good use for our political history to show that we respect old tradition,” World Geography/Government teacher Gretchen Wicks said.
The official theme for 2013 inauguration ceremony is “Faith in America’s Future,” marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue Of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1836.
According to the Independent Journal, Obama’s inauguration ceremony expenses are estimated to rise above $100 million.
“Obsessively expensive and absolutely unnecessary and the money could have been used for other priorities,” ISA senior Oli Talonio said.
Congressional approval ratings are at an all time low, with 10% of Americans approving of congresses’ actions, citing the main reasons for this disagreement as too much partisanship and special interests.
“No because of partisanship and too much catering to special interest,” Wicks said.
Another perspective is “no because,congress can not reach an agreement with a political party.” Talonio said,
There were many highlights in the 2013 inauguration ceremony such as Obama’s address, “Our journey is not complete” speech, or the the hilarious misunderstanding where George Stephanopoulous confused Bill Russell for Morgan Freeman.
What was the best part? According to Talonio, “When it ended.”
Some people had a more positive opinion, “the parade was pleasant allowed Obama to walk with the people and feel safe,” Wickes said.