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Live Blog: 57th Presidential Inauguration

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Today the CP Events blog is live blogging the Presidential Inauguration. So check back throughout the day for updates.

11:16 am

Today President Obama tweeted: "I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go."

Matthew Burke responds on Twitter: "You shouldn't be tweeting in church Sir @BarackObama: I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work..."

According to Twitchy, the President tweeted from St. John's Episcopal.

11:36 am

Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers the invocation.

Myrlie not only prays in Jesus name but also In the name of all who are holy and right.

11:43 am

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.

While watching the inauguration, please take some time to pray for the people participating in today's events.

11:46

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says it is remarkable that America has freedom to elect its leaders and the politicians show restraint in its power and that we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power.

11:49

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayo swears in Vice President Joe Biden.

11:50 am

James Taylor sings America the Beautiful.

11:52

President Obama is sworn in by the Chief Supreme Court Justice. Technical problem prevented capturing photo of this moment.

12:00

President Obama quotes the Declaration of Independence in his speech to America:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

12:04

President Obama pledges to continue support for people that need governmental support and mentions other policiy initiatives. "We will respond to the threat of climate change."

12:07

Throughout the speech the President says the words "we the people" to express how America's government and its mission are represented by its citizens.

12:08

In his speech President Obama supports equality for gays (i.e. gay marriage) and for embracing illegal immigrants.

12:11

The President says his oath was to God and country.

12:13

President Obama finishes his speech.

Americans attending the inauguration.

12:16

Kelly Clarkson sings My Country 'Tis of Thee while the Marine band performs.

12:23

Poet Richard Blanco says we speak the language of unity. Americans are "under one sky."

12:28

Episcopal priest Rev. Luis Leon delivers the benediction and asks for God's blessings for "gay or straight, rich or poor ..."

12:30

Beyonce sings the national anthem with the Marine band.

12:34

Hundreds of thousands of people attending the inauguration.

12:37

Our coverage of the inauguration parade will begin in about 3 hours.

1:42

CP reporter Stephanie Samuel sent in the following photos from downtown Washington, D.C.

The Canadian embassy salutes Obama.

1:50

Crowd grows along the parade route.

1:53

Soliders salute as Beyonce sings the national anthem

1:57

Women close their eyes and bow their heads as benediction prayer is given.

3:50

Volunteers and parade watchers do the wave while waiting for parade.

3:57

Parade watchers waiting for the President to pass by.

4:02

Procession of marching bands passes by.

4:14

President and First Lady walk past cheering audience followed by Vice President Joe Biden.

4:17
Although this photo was taken a couple of seconds too late, if you could have seen the First Lady's smile -- Michelle Obama looks very happy.

4:24

Vice President Joe Biden and wife walk by and the spectators cheer.

4:32

After Secret Service and police pass by in armored cars and motorcyles, then police mounted on horses arrive.

4:50

The First and Second Families are now seated in the observation stand.

4:56

The Army Field Band plays.

4:59

Aloha Hawaii - Obama's home state is represented at the inaugural parade.

5:20
High school marching bands marching up the parade route.

5:24
Photo taken earlier that shows police officers marching ahead of the presidential motorcade.

5:27
Latino Americans celebrate their heritage in traditional costumes. A float honors our space program.

5:30

From earlier today soldiers march dressed in historic uniforms with muskets.

5:35 Navy staff march by.

5:40

Float honors Martin Luther King Jr.

5:46

Another float honoring King who once said, "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."

5:55

Air Force Band marches past the president's reviewing stand.

6:03

Protestor yells, "Obama, Stop the assassination of Americans."

6:07

God Bless America has been a popular tune for the marching bands today.

6:14

The lion and dragon dance.

6:38

The parade concludes. After greeting numerous guests, the President and Vice President leave the presidential reviewing stand.

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