While the president and his family began inauguration day by attending church, thousands upon thousands of people were busy camping out on the National Mall. As many as 700,000 visitors, in fact, were there Monday to listen to President Obama's speech, as well as performances from James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, and Beyonce. Here, a look at the ceremony in pictures.
"Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Kelly Clarkson belts out "My Country 'Tis of Thee." (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), President Obama, and Vice President Biden share a laugh before the ceremonies begin. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The nation's other First Couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce, arrive ahead of the ceremonies. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews)
The dedicated Secret Service Counter Sniper Team scans the horizon from atop the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
While decidedly thinner than in 2008, the crowds packed the National Mall for hours before the ceremony. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A stunning sunrise behind the Capitol as day breaks on Monday. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews)
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