US President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama holds the bible and daughters Malia (3rd L) and Sasha look on in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington on January 20, 2013. Photo by LARRY DOWNING/AFP/Getty Images
WASHINGTON (AP) - His second term already under way, President Barack Obama hopes to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again. This divided nation is seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness President Obama's swearing in and inaugural address Monday. The celebrations will extend across the nation's capital, including the traditional inaugural parade and a pair of glitzy formal balls.
The mood surrounding President Obama's second inaugural is more subdued than it was four years ago, when the swearing in of the nation's first black president drew 1.8 million people to the Mall. Still, organizers were expecting up to 700,000 to attend Monday's events in chilly weather.