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Quick hits and other moments from Obama inaugural

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wistful moment for President Barack Obama came shortly after his public swearing-in ceremony.

As he began walking off the inaugural platform to go into the U.S. Capitol for the traditional luncheon with lawmakers and other dignitaries, Obama stopped and turned around to look at the scene on the National Mall, filled with hundreds of thousands of people who braved chilly weather to be part of the day.

"I want to take a look, one more time," he said. "I'm not going to see this again."


In a nod to their increasing political clout, three Latinos played important roles in Barack Obama's public inauguration ceremony.

First, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden. Nominated by Obama, Sotomayor is the first Latina justice.

Next, Richard Blanco delivered the inaugural poem, "One Today." He's the first Hispanic and the first openly gay person to serve in the role. At 44, he's also the youngest inaugural poet.

Finally, the Rev. Luis Leon, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, delivered the closing prayer. Obama attended a worship service at the church before heading to the Capitol.

Latinos voted 7-to-1 for Obama in November's elections.


Plenty of celebrities were on hand for Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Beyonce belted out an impressive rendition of the national anthem and then returned to her spot on the inaugural platform with her husband, Jay-Z.

James Taylor sang "America the Beautiful" and Kelly Clarkson followed with "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

Other celebs spotted: Katy Perry and John Mayer, who sat side-by-side, as well as actress Eva Longoria and former Boston Celtics great Bill Russell.


Not everyone was waving an American flag and cheering "Obama" at the inaugural ceremonies on Monday.

John Diamond of Arlington, Va., handed out flyers inviting people to a "dis-inauguration ball" later in the day.

"Not my president," said his flyer, with the classic Obama "O'' logo part of the word "not."

Diamond, who didn't vote in this election, said he wants to encourage peace and nonviolence.

Other voices of dissent could be heard during the president's swearing-in ceremony. Even during prayers, a steady stream of "What about the babies?" wafted from the southwest of the U.S. Capitol.


Despite the chilly weather for the inauguration parade, Bobak Ferdowsi was not permitted to keep warm with a hat as he rode with the NASA float holding a model of the Mars Curiosity rover.

That's because Ferdowsi, a flight controller at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, became famous during the 2011 Mars landing for his hair, specifically his Mohawk — which doesn't fit with the 1960s NASA white shirt and pocket protector stereotype.

He became an Internet sensation, especially among the geek set, as "Mohawk Guy."

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