President Barack Obama was inaugurated into office for the second time on this, Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The Obamas started their day off at a service held at St. John’s Church, where we first got a look at the First Lady’s amazing Thom Brown coat, inspired by a men’s tie.
Mrs. Obama paired this with a cardigan by Reed Krakoff, shoes and belt by J. Crew and a Cathy Waterman necklace.
Sasha and Malia were both equally as stylish, also wearing coats J. Crew and Kate Spade.
After Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor, using his family’s huge bible, James Taylor performed an acoustic version of “America The Beautiful.” After this, Obama repeated his oath of office, using two bibles–Abraham Lincoln’s as well as Martin Luther King’s.
A giddy Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” and gave a happy hello to the Prez afterwards. In a day full of historic moments, Richard Blanco became the youngest person, at 44, and the first Latino to deliver the inaugural poem, titled “One Today.” Some felt it was a bit to “rhymey,” but I think it perfectly encapsulated the message of togetherness and change.
Then. what many a stan and even hardened journalist were waiting for, Beyonce took to the center of the stage to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
There was a dramatic moment when Bey took out her earpiece, but of course that didn’t take away from her performance.
On a more shallow note, how did you like her Dior coat paired with that lacy Pucci dress? And Jay-Z’s Tom Ford suit?
Of course at the center was the President’s speech, where he focused on his goals for this second term, and reminded us all why we voted for him again.
“Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”
At the end of the event, the President turned around to face the crowd again, saying “I want to look out one more time because I’m not going to see this again.”