“It’s very energizing to be here, to be part of it. There are lots of people, and everybody is upbeat. It’s a real cross-section of people, lots of young people, lots of ethnicity, colors, languages and real diversity.
“That’s part of who he (President Obama) is, and it’s part of what he sees as our role as a country.”
The master of ceremonies for Inauguration 2013 was New York Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer, who sat to the president’s right and introduced each justice for the swearing-in ceremonies for both Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.
Schumer introduced the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, which performed the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in soaring harmony from the portico above the podium.
— News Reporter Joe LoTemplio also contributed to this story
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