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Scenes from the 57th Presidential Inauguration


January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.

The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.

The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).


  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowds along the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site parade route. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave.
  • The U.S. Park Police Motorcycle Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    A police motorcade passes on parade.
  • The U.S. Park Police Honor Guard passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    The Honor Guard Passes
  • U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    US Park Police Horse Mounted Unit
  • First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade.
  • Vice President Joe Biden applauds during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
    Vice President Joe Biden Applauds during the inaugural parade.
  • Officer John Lynch of NY Field Office stands watch during the inaugural parade. Photo: Robert Turner U.S. Park Police
    Officer John Lynch of NY
  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave.
  • A police motorcade passes on parade.
  • The Honor Guard Passes
  • US Park Police Horse Mounted Unit
  • First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade.
  • Vice President Joe Biden Applauds during the inaugural parade.
  • Officer John Lynch of NY