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Inaugural Balls Downsized The Second Time Around

The tradition of inaugural balls goes back to George Washington. In recent times, presidents have had multiple balls. Four years ago, President Obama attended ten. But in these days of austerity, there were only two balls. Allison Aubrey talks to Melissa Block.
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When It Comes To Inaugural Fashion, First Family Stays The Course

The first lady is well known for her wardrobe choices, and for the inauguration, Michelle Obama showed off her ability to make multiple style statements during a single day.
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Inaugural Parade Includes Military Units, Lots Of Marching Bands

Almost 9,000 people marched in Monday's inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. They represented a country's worth of military units, cultural groups and marching bands.
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Obama's Inaugural Address Rooted In Fundamental American Texts

President Obama was ceremonially sworn in for a second term on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Robert Siegel has some highlights of the ceremony and the president's speech.
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Obama Focuses On Togetherness In Inaugural Address

Despite its message of togetherness, President Obama also used his second inaugural speech to defy his critics and defend his philosophy of government.
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How Large Does President Obama Stand In Black History?

Robert Siegel talks to several prominent African-Americans for their thoughts on what it has meant to have the first black president. We hear from Roger Wilkins, a civil rights activist, history professor, and journalist; Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; writer Shelby Steele of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University; and civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill, the new head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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