The president and first lady...just a couple of hours ago...sharing their first dance...of his second term...as President of the United States.
Good evening, everyone.
I'm Frank Malloy.
And I'm Leah Johnson.
Today... we observe not only the inauguration of President Barack Obama... But a day honoring the civil rights leader that many say... paved the way for this administration to happen in the first place.
A lot to celebrate... and tonight...that's exactly what the President and First Lady...and Vice President and wife Dr. Jill Biden...are doing.
One of the most talked-about events...
the commander-in chiefs ball... which started off with recognition of our men and women in uniform.
Then, as is custom, the first and second couples dance with members of the armed forces... but not before the president and Mrs. Obama stole a first dance.
Now this event is where we also typically see some major headliners entertaining.
This year...quite a roster... Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Jamie Fox, Jennifer Hudson...and Marc Anthony.
But it's not as though the President gets to stop at one party and spend a leisurely evening.
On schedule tonight... a public ball, downstairs at the same location... another one upstairs... and a few other pit stops where he and Mrs. Obama are expected to greet dignitaries and thank supporters.
Now this is a day that started early.
In fact... for some observers of history, it started yesterday. Early crowds lined the national mall up Constitution Avenue... and Independence Avenue packing in the greenspace in front of the United States Capitol.
Only so many could get close to the actual inaugural platform... so others had to position themselves in front of the giant jumbotrons that allowed them to see and hear the ceremony.
Monitors were placed as far away as the end of the mall... near the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.
And as the masses converged... President Obama and his family continued a White House tradition, beginning inauguration day with prayer and reflection.
He and the First Lady, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, attended a church service at Saint John's Episcopal Church near the White House.
That's been a custom for generations of presidents, because it's so close to the Blair House... which is where new, incoming presidents usually live until they take office.
Vice President Joe Biden and his family also attended.
Then...it was on to the Capitol...for the ceremonial swearing in.
That's because...the official oaths were actually taken yesterday...as required...on January 20th.
Because the 20th was on a Sunday ... Those ceremonies were small... with just a few dozen heads of state on hand as witnesses.
Then today... Came the fanfare with the Vice President... as tradition dictates...taking his oath first.
That's Justice Sonia Sotomayor administering the oath... and that in itself presented an inaugural first.
She is the first Hispanic to perform the honors.
She's also the first Hispanic to serve on the Nation's Highest Court..
Chief Justice John Roberts stepped in to swear in the President.
<Roberts: Please raise your right hand...and repeat after me. I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute...
President: That I will faithfully execute...
Roberts: The office of president of the united states...
President: The office of president of the United States...
Roberts: and will to the best of my ability...
President: And will will to the best of my ability...
Roberts: preserve, protect, and defend...
President: preserve, protect ,and defend...
Roberts: the constitution of the United States...
President: the constitution of the United States...
Robert: So help you God?
President: So help me God.
Roberts: Congratulations, Mr. President.
And the oath concludes with ruffles and flourishes.
As you saw the President sworn in... you may have noticed... He placed his hand on two Bibles...
One was from Abraham Lincoln...
The other from Martin Luther King, Jr.
And how else would you cap off a ceremony....other than with a parade?
The video you're seeing here is president Obama's high school band...thousands of miles away from home...
They flew in from Hawaii to pay their respects.
We're not sure if a young Barack Obama earned the "most Likely to Succeed" designation in his senior yearbook.
But we're pretty sure he's got "most successful graduate" locked down at his next reunion.
Also in Dc...the marching band from Georgia State.
The Panthers left last week...to spend a couple of days taking in history before stepping off in the inaugural parade.
We've spent a lot of time talking about the president's inauguration..
When we come back...we shift from one leader to another.
Some words from the city of Macon's top elected official on the Martin Luther King Junior Day...