Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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What's It All About?

Jan. 21, 2013, will mark the nation's 57th inauguration and President Obama's second. There will be much pomp and circumstance, but less so than in 2009 when more than a million people attended his historic swearing-in as the nation's first African-American president. Compiled from the Associated Press, here are facts on how the inauguration festivities come together.

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