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good morning. a new chapter. four years after he first took the oath of office, president barack obama set to do it again in just hours. one day before the public event. this, after a first-term marked by great triumphs the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> some setbacks. >> the bleakest unemployment in 26 years. >> big fights and deep sorrow. >> the majority of those who died today were children.
beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> now, as barack obama prepares to begin his second term and washington, d.c. prepares for another presidential inauguration, we look ahead to the opportunities and the challenges facing the nation today, sunday, january 20th, 2013. from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," "the second inauguration of barack obama" with lester holt and erica hill. live from washington, d.c. welcome to a special edition of "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt. beautiful morning in washington, d.c. happy to have jenna and dylan here with us as well. based on the picture i saw on twitter last night, you allic canned it last night. >> we missed you, lester. >> out until about 8:00, 8:15. >> passed out by 8:30.
my lonely room service dinner was just great. >> we are, of course, all here in washington this morning. because the city is gearing up, as is the country and in many ways the world to watch barack obama take the oath of office tomorrow on the steps of the u.s. capitol which is right behind us. >> rules are rules. according to the 20th amendment, the president and vice president terms must end at noon on january 20th. behind closed doors, president obama and vice president biden will take the official office beginning at least in the vice president's case just moments from now. >> here is the breakdown. the vice president will be sworn in at the naval observatory within the half hour and we will have complete coverage and in an hour, he will join the president for a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. the president returns to the white house for his official swearing-in ceremony which will
happen in the white house blue room. >> president obama's immediate family will attend the event as chief justice john roberts administers the owe. you may recall the president took the oath twice in 2009 when the chief justice flubbed the oath. i hate to say that but he flubbed the oath at the public swearing-in. >> all that is being saved for tomorrow for the public swearing-in. they began their whirlwind weekend on saturday helping to spruce up an elementary school. it was part of the national day of service. >> last night it is wa party time when first lady,my will show obama, and daughters, sasha and malia, hosted an event for military families and their kids. usher and katy perry were among the performers we have other events to cover as well. including a bloody end to the hostage crisis and stunning video from bulgaria. a man pulling a gun on a political leader. no shots were fired.
the second inauguration of barack obama. he came here four years ago amid high hopes and great expectations. the second time around, there will definitely be a different feel to this year's inauguration. >> i, barack obama, solemnly swear -- >> when he first took office, he carried the hopes and dreams of millions that voted for him. electrified the packed crowd on the national mall. >> i stand here today humbled by the task before us. grateful for the trust you have bestowed. mindful of the sacrifices born by our ancestors. ♪ >> the mood in washington that night, ecstatic, as the new president and his beautiful wife, celebrated a victory for
the ages. the new administration was the toast of the town but storm clouds were hovering, a recession and financial crisis gripped the country with unemployment soon to hit 10%. a bailout of some financial giantings a giants and the auto industry and a massive stimulus plan. he did push health care reform through congress. a big win for him. >> the bill i'm signing will set in motion that reforms that generations of americans have fought for and marched for and hungered to see. >> if health care 40 years from now if americans say we consider that as vital and successful as medicare, social security, that probably will be the most lasting accomplishment of barack obama. >> but the health care fight came at a cost with republicans winning back the house a year later and vowing to battle the president at every turn.
>> our top political priority over the next two years to deny president obama a second term. >> as promised, president obama ended the war in iraq and slowly began to wind down the war in afghanistan. then, the biggest moment of his presidency. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world that the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden, the leader of all qaeda. >> the nation celebrating as one. but the unity and the president's promise to bring democrats and republicans in washington together didn't last long. >> much of what he said recently essentially suggests that the not that he has given up but he has come to realize that that mountain is a lot higher than he expected it to be. >> the stalled economy, the another mountain to climb for the president. >> the overwhelming problem, the economy is one that president
obama has said is still undone. that's his biggest challenge for term two. >> perhaps a sign of the times, the president's second inaugural is much smaller, ten inaugural balls for years ago. only two this time. tomorrow, what could be his last big chance to tell americans from coast to coast what he can do for them over the next four years. of course, there are plenty of people around here who were not excited about this inauguration a lot of republicans are skipping town. neither president george w. bush nor his father, recently hospit hospit hospitalized with health problems, plan to attend. >> for more, let's bring in david gregory. tomorrow, the president will deliver his inaugural address. the first time around we typically hear optimistic, loft lofty, ideal speeches.
what do you expect him to say tomorrow? >> i think he wants to talk about restoration of the american economy. i think about the first inaugural address and how crisis laden the times were because of the crisis that was defining his initial work in his first term. it came to dominate his first term. now, i think he will talk about restoration, sunnier days ahead and how the united states reaches those goals. he does that against the back drop of such a divided washington. a lot of republicans are not in town or attending, because they don't want to show bad form by challenging him in any way during his inauguration. nev nevertheless, whether it is guns or debts, he faces that. >> given the reality of the past four years, would you expect a different barack obama going forward, one who will flex his muscles for willingly? >> i think we're seeing that.
i think -- i don't know that he is done trying to reach out. i think he has hardened his positions. i think he so believes that republicans have the wrong approach, that many of them are obstructionists in tir approach. he wants to try to chart a course that either confuses them or can override them. you saw it on the fiscal cliff negotiation and you see it already in his stance on the debt ceiling. the question is whether he will try to overcome that by leading and doing big things that he will campaign to are despite opposition by republicans. it is striking. he is willing to throw the long ball on a big sunday for football when it comes to gun control. will he do it when it comes to medicare reform, where he faces a lot of tough opposition? >> david, thanks. we're going to check back with you for a preview of "meet the press" coming up in a little bit. >> thank you we're going to give you some of the morning's other top st e stories from jenna wolfe. >> can you handle it?
>> i think so. >> thank you for extending your talents. good morning, everyone. we are going to begin with the end of the hostage crisis in algeria. details are still emerging. annabel roberts has the latest. >> reporter: the algerian army's final assault brought the four-day siege to an end but at a price. at least 23 hostages died. the algerian government says this figure will rise. this video is said to have been shot on a cell phone by a hostage freed by the algerian army walking past his dead colleagues. nbc news has not been able to verify its authenticity. inside the plant, soldiers found an arsenal of weapons left by the militants. hostages tell of extreme brutality of having explosives strapped to their chest. david cameron, british prime minister, outraged. >> we need to work with others to defeat the terrorists. >> reporter: burnt-out wreckage sits on the road close to the
plant and the algerian army continues to search the site. they fear terrorists may still be hiding out. a scary moment in bulgaria as a gunman tries to assassinate a politician at point blank rank. he was right there. luckily, the gun jammed giving the speaker, the security and the crowd time to grab the would-be assassin. the gunman is a bulgarian of turkish dissent two great hall of famers in baseball have passed away. stan "the man" played 12 seasons with the cardinals. he was award the presidential medal of freedom. he died of natural causes saturday at the age of 92. fiery manager, earl weaver, died saturday. famous famouses for his spirited
fights. he led the baltimore orioles to championships. you know that expression, you with il get a puppy when you get 1 million likes on facebook. you don't know it, just go with it. for the cordell kids, it was quite the challenge. >> ryan cordell challenged them to get 600 likes on facebook. today, they have their puppy, milly, from a no-kill animal shelter. she has never even heard of facebook. >> she is on twitter, right? >> she has a twitter handle and she is on instagram and she has a pintrist page. dylan dreyer is here. she has a check of the inaugu inauguration weekend. we are going to see a couple
of flurries, chillier temperatures. it is not going to be as nice as this weekend. we are lookd off until the midde of the week. right now temperatures are well down into the single digits in the northern plains, and by tomorrow high temperatures are below zero, and then that colder air is going to spread eastward as we go into tuesday, and we are looking for temperatures to be in the single digits in new england, and that's a look across the country and here is a peek out your window. >> i am meteorologist, chuck bell, a beautiful bright and sunny start to our sunday morning in the nation's capital. and a little cooler out across parts of central and northern virginia this morning, but milder in the mountains where the temperatures are near 50. your sunday planner, a nice start. plenty of sunshine today. breezy at times, especially this afternoon, and up to near 52 degrees for a high today. cooler weather comes back tomorrow. that is your latest forecast. erica. >> thanks. it cob a case of be careful
what you wish for. can this president avoid that dreaded second-term curse. here is peter alexander. >> reporter: preparing to make that inaugural walk down pennsylvania avenue for the second time. president obama will join an exclusive club within a club. one of only 17 two-term american presidents. all the while, aware that membership can come at a price. >> i'm more than familiar with all the litter tour about presidential overreach. >> his story and right to be cautious. >> a dangerous president is not that feels powerful but one that feels he does not have enough power. >> reporter: that has caused many presidents to stumble, from fdr to richard nixon, whose desire to destroy his political enemies led to the watergate scandal and ultimately, his
resignation. >> reporter: then, there is ronald reagan whose second term was justified by the iran hostage scandal. it was bill clinton's personal behavior that got him into hot the water. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> reporter: the fallout following his affair with an intern was a year of his presidency. they dubbed him the ultimate come back kid. >> i am bullet proof. >> i earned capital in the campaign, political capital and now i intend to spend it. >> reporter: despite that pledge in 2004, george w. bush's second term was marched about i a slew of bad headlines with escalating violence in iraq to his administration's response to hurricane katrina. still, second terms can offer a shot at redemption, take reagan paving the way for the end offer the cold war.
>> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: humor can go a long way when president clinton with a little help from his wife mocked his lake duck status. >> i really think bill has everything under control. >> wait, wait, wait. you forgot your lunch. >> reporter: for today, peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. up next on "today," our love affair with presidential pets as we continue live from washington, d.c. right after this focus on your long-term goa, not their short-term agenda. [ woman ] if you have the nerve to believe that cookie cutters should be for cookies, not your investment strategy. if you believe in the sheer brilliance of a simple explanation. [ male announcer ] join the nearly 7 million investors who think like you do: face time and think time make a difference. join us. [ male announcer ] at edward jones, it's how we make sense of investing.
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president truman famously said, if you want a friend, get a dog. presidents have taken his advice. a pet makes the white house seem more like a home and the president more like the rest of us animal lovers. as the obama's do dog, bo, entee second term, the first lady says the most famous member is the one with four legs. he loves to play and take walks. he is no ordinary pickup. he is a superstar. >> why now, why now? you are going to have to go.
>> in his first few years he has a best selling book, a new yorker cover, his own beanie baby and plenty of opportunity to steal the spotlight. seeing how much fun bo has had in the white house would make any dog jealous and wish they were part of the first family. >> i bet he gets to travel any time on that plane. that is pretty nice. >> he would definitely like the big yard. >> why do you think america is so fascinated with him? >> i think it is just life that bo has, the life that he leads is pretty fascinating. >> he is just latest in a long line of presidential pets to capture attention. >> when the first family has a pet, it gives us a way to relate to the first family. that's something that is really endearing. >> arguably the most famous white house resident was george h.w. bush's springer spaniel, milly. her memoir was a best seller. her other was famous for another
region. >> they started to know ranger h grew gaining so much weight. >> george w. bush's barney was the first to take the public on a dog's eye view of the white house with his popular barney cam. >> received more than 24 million hits the first day it was launched. >> it is time for barney cam. are you ready for it this year. >> other white house pets have become icons of their area. hoover's king tutt, fdr's fala, the pope any macaroni and president ford's liberty. the most trusted adviser. one of the perks of being one of the white house pets. >> want to go out, go out? >> they may not be able to speak for the president but what they do give us is a rare glimpse into quiet moments between a president and his best friend. >> did you notice the picture of the raccoon in that piece?
that was the coolidges family pet, rebecca. they would walk her around the white house lawn on a leash, a pet raccoon. >> it would go through the trash after that. >> that was the problem with her. >> dylan, thanks very much. still ahead on a special edition of "today," we have seen them grow from little girls to young ladies. a look at what it is like for sasha and malia obama to live in the white house. first, these messages. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ i feel more inspired. more positive. [ male announcer ] only lipton adds fresh-pressed tea leaves
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i am richard jordan. in the news today president obama will take the oath of office for his second term of commander in chief. the president will be sworn enduring a private official ceremony at the white house today and he will use michelle obama's family bible. and joe biden just wrapped up taking the oath of office for his second term, and sotomayor swore himn for the second term, and he used a bible that has been in his family since 1893. tomorrow trains will run on a rush hour schedule from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the system will close at 2:00 p.m. the smithsonian archives and mt. vernon stations are closed tomorrow for the entire day.
the inauguration day forecast includes a chance for flurries. let's go to meteorologist, chuck bell, now. >> colder air, we have been talking about it for a week now and it's just about ready to get moving into the area. currently outside on your sunday morning, temperatures in the upper 30s to 40 degrees, and we are off to a mild start and today will be a pleasant day to be outside and tour the nation's capitol. and temperatures for highs, reach up into the low 50s for a time, and that's the leading edge of the colder air tomorrow,
and flurries possible in the afternoon, and highs tomorrow only in the upper 30s and low 40s, and we'll be left in the deep freeze for most of the middle parts of the week, so get ready to bundle up. >> stick around for a full hour of news beginning at 9:00, but first let's go we're back with our inauguration from washington, d.c. on a special edition of "today." i'm lester holt alongside erica hill. vice president joe biden was officially sworn in. >> repeat after me, i joseph r. biden jr., do solemnly swear i, joseph r. biden jr. do solemnly swear. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> that i will support and
defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> that i will bear true faith and ali generals to the same. that i will bear true faith and ali generals to the same and take this obligation freel without any mentally vation or purpose of evasion. >> i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i am about to enter. >> the duties of the office on which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. >> supreme court justice, sonia sotomayor administering the oath of office. vice president joe biden beginning his second term as vice president. in just a few hours, president obama will be officially sworn in. still to come, we are going to talk about growing up in the white house. sasha and malia obama were only
10 and 7 years old when they moved into the white house. now, they are blossoming into young ladies. also, michelle obama, many people waiting to see what she is going to wear. always so much talk about the fashion. is that truly her legacy? we will look at the revolution and the causes she champions and how she is flourishing in this role as first lady. plus, the inauguration is not just about politics. there is a lot of partying that happens throughout the weekend and we'll take you behind the scenes of one texas size inaugural ball that took nearly two years to plan. >> for the thousands of people who come here for the inauguration, nobody wants to leave this trip empty handed from presidential socks to items sweeter like wine, even more important. see what's hot this year when it comes to inaugural memorabilia. we took a trip around town and brought you back the best of the best. so don't say we didn't do anything for you. >> did you get me those little washington monuments? >> all of that.
a final check of the weather from dylan. >> good morning, guys. you have the view behind you through the glass. here, live, outside, it is absolutely spectacular. there is not a cloud in the sky. it is a gorgeous morning here in d.c. tomorrow is going to be a little bit cooler. we should still be in the lower 40s by the time the parade gets started for your monday. we do have some lake effect snow showers that are going to develop across western new york pennsylvania, and lvania. frigid air will work down into the plains and northeast as well, but for the inaugural day forecast we are looking for highs to top out around 41 degrees during the afternoon, after a morning low of 30. a couple snow showers, but that's it, and we are not looking at a whole lot of snow but a few flakes to make it look that much pea treer. that's a look across the country, and here is a peek outside your window. >> here in washington where all the weekend "today" show folks are now, and temperatures in the
30s and low 40s, and it's going to be a great day to be outside today whether you are going out to the lincoln memorial or the jefferson memorial or world war ii memorial, great, all of it. and the arctic air coming in for the middle of the week. that is your latest forecast, lester. if you thought being a kid was tough, imagine doing it with, growing up with the world watching your every move. we have seen sasha and malia obama grow up before our eyes. malia is now a high school freshman. sasha in her first year in middle school. kristen welker is here with a look at the first daughters growing up. good morning. >> good morning. amazing how much they have grown. from the start, the president and first lady has asked that the media respect malia and sasha's privacy. a request that has been largely followed but they are older now and that will bring new
challenges for them and their families. >> when malia and sasha stepped on the stage, it was hard not to marvel at how much they have matured. >> i was struck seeing how much they have grown from four years ago. >> reporter: they were so young when they moved into the white house. sasha just 7 and malia 10. now, at 11 and 14, even the president recently remarked at how much has changed for them and for him. >> now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway. i'm getting kind of lonely in this big house. >> from the start, they worked hard to shield the first daughters from a harsh spotlight, the public only catching occasional glimpses, grabbing shave ice with their parents in hawaii, reading books to kids during the annual easter egg roll. >> it was still hot. >> the end. >> and celebrating the traditions of the holiday.
but they were pulled into the political arena last week in a biting television ad from the national rifle association. >> are thepresident's kids more important than yours? >> reporter: enforcing a zone of privacy could be more challenging in this second term. >> it needs to stay in place now more than ever, where the zone of privacy has shrunk even more and will continue to shrink because of social media. >> reporter: myers says there are also benefits. the girls will be more comfortable in their surrounding. and they have already created a close-knit group of friends. the first lady recently telling ellen she has worked hard to make 1600 pennsylvania avenue as normal as possible. >> they have rules. they have to make up their room, clean their rooms, clean their bathrooms. they have to take bo out. >> over the next four years, malia will be nearing college age and sasha becoming a pre-teen. formative years that will shape who they become well after they
leave. >> a lot of eyes will be on the first daughters to see what they are wearing tomorrow. during the first inauguration, they both wore j. crew and their mom will have a lot of input into what they wear. >> i will be wearing a parka. i'm guessing it will be heated where they are. >> indeed, it will be. we're going to talk more about michelle obama's legacy, including her style and the causes she champions, right after this live from washington, d.c. we'll be right back. it smells worse, and it can happen any time -- to anyone! like when i ran to catch the train to work and a draft blew my skirt up and everybody here saw my unmentionables. yeah, and they aren't even cute. hello, laundry day. no... stress sweat can happen to anyone, anytime -- and it smells worse than ordinary sweat. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. introducing new secret clinical strength stress response scent. ♪ [ female announcer ] new roc® retinol correxion max.
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first lady, michelle obama, some shots from the last four years and her fashion wardrobe and the causes she has championed. she will continue to shape her legacy. here to discuss her influence and where that legacy may go, "new york times" correspondent and author of "the obama" jody cantor and it seems since the campaign trail in 2008, when we talk about michelle obama, for some reason, it seems to revert to fashion or what she is wearing or what she did with her hair. >> she has become almost a one-woman stimulus package for the american fashion industry. we haven't had a first lady since jacqueline kennedy who had such a following. she mixes the high and the low. she loves j. crew and the gap as
much as she does narcico rodriguez. >> how important is that to put forth that message as she is trying to put forth the message about the causes she is championing? does that help her? >> something funny happened on friday. she made a very important announcement about the president's new organizing group. it was a big deal for her to be the spokesperson. behind the scenes, there has been a lot of back and forth over the years about how involved she would be in his political life, et cetera, et cetera. she makes this video which is big news in the political world. that's not what really makes the headlines. her new bangs make the headlines. there are even headlines that say things like, see michelle obama's new banks in motion. her popularity from a fashion sense is a huge asset. on the other hand, it can unintentionally overshadow the work she is trying to do at first lady. >> i think the sort of fun that
people had with her bangs, it is the sore of rather intense weekend so the bangs add something. what i liked about her changing her hair around her 49th birthday is that you could get her to think, i'm 50 next year, the issues regular women have, i'm going to change it up with some new bangs. you see the extraordinary fuss that kate middleton got when she changed her bangs in britain. you sense this ability to be regal and normal and that's such a skill. >> we talked about her causes. she famously took a long time to say, here is what i'm going to do at first lady. here is my platform. >> how successful has she been in promoting childhood obesity, military families? has it worked well for her? >> very successfully. i think it has worked well in
terms of helping people. she did take a long time to decide and right now she is in the middle of another decision process. she and her advisers are meeting discussing one question, should she stick to what she is good at with these two initiatives you mentioned or should she take on something new in her next term? the reason that fascinates me, this is somebody that becomes successful at what she does so quickly. she went from being a hospital to being first lady. she has a dwindling amount of time as first lady. how will she use that? does she want to support her husband's initiatives early? for example, would she do something on immigration reform or is there another cause out there that she wants to throw herself behind? >> these are some of the things you talk about in terms of challenges and how things have changed for the obamas in your piece in "the new york times." nice to have you both with us.
joanna coles and jody cantor. >> enter forget about the politics and pagentry. time for a little partying. we will take you behind one inaugural ball where planers put their best boot behind them. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] nothing gets you going quite like the power of quaker oats. today is going to be epic. quaker up. with fancy feast morningsc. gourmet cat food. (announcer) make mornings special, mornings are delicious protein rich entrees with garden veggies and egg. fancy feast mornings. the best ingredient is love. body washes with paper that reacts like skin.
♪ >> festivities celebrating the president's second inauguration already underway here in the nation's capital. that was last time around. there may not be as many official parties as four years ago but rest assured, the celebrations are out there and they likely will not disappoint. as i found out firsthand when we went behind the scenes at one of the most popular inaugural balls in town.
this year's inauguration may be a bit more subdued but don't tell that to the folks in charge of the texas state society's black tie and boots ball. >> everything has been in tuxes. when you have 12-foot tall cowboy boots and arrangements as big as volkswagens, we are the company to call. >> reporter: the 6,000 guests is the equivalent of almost 4,000 football fields. >> reporter: this is one of the hors d'oeuvres. 84,000 appetizers. >> it is our onion goat cheese tart, the pork shoulders there. we marinade it overnight. >> reporter: what do you marinade it in? i see tequila. >> we do marinade in tequila. two different types of salsa. >> reporter: capping off the desserts gaylord's goo-goo
somores. >> reporter: the texas-size party has taken nearly two years to plan. what are you most excited about? >> seeing everything come together. watching the guest faces when they see the big cowboy beats and photos. >> reporter: it is just one of 50 inaugural parties this weekend. are those the best parties? >> i think so. >> reporter: what makes those the better. it is an open bar, not cash bar. >> reporter: andre wells is in charge of eight events. he oversaw 22 of them back in 2009, including the b.e.t. wall. there are just two official inaugural balls this time around. since dwight eisenhower was sworn in 60 years ago, compared to president clinton's second inauguration where he zipped through a dizzying 14 balls in
1997. about 40,000 people will celebrate with the president at those official events. for the rest of us, on to the unofficial parties. just take a cue from texas -- >> there you go. >> reporter: after 48 hours of hard work, the texas black tie and boots bar was in full swing saturday night. the bull room is completely transformed from our first visit. >> as you walk in, the $1 million shot. >> reporter: a lot of texans. >> a lot of texans here. >> reporter: was it all worth it? >> absolutely. >> reporter: throughout the night, guests hosted in big texas style with 5,000 glasses of wine, 13,000 cocktails and more than 14,000 bottles of beers. with plenty of big hats, a big name and big kicks, this inaugural bash proved, you don't mess with texas. ♪ ♪ deep in the heart of texas >> it was a good time. i had to leave early. >> were you in the back on that last one? >> i actually core rio graphed
that number for them. in my cowboy boots. >> there were two official party sns. >> there were ten last time around. two official ones which means the president will make an appearance at them. the commander in chief ball and the official inaugural ball and all those other parties. one of them was the kids inaugural. this was hosted by the first lady and dr. joe biden and sasha and malia. it was an all-star event for military families and the kids. nick cannon was the mc, r&b singer, usher, got the party started. katy perry. her song, fire work, is on president obama's inauguration play list. members of the cast of "glee" sang for the crowd. star-studded party. hundreds of kids. police obama used the event to take a minute to praise military families. >> when i think about who we are, when i think about what
makes america great, i think about all of you, our men and women in uniform, our military spouses and our amazing military kids. >> there is an inauguration play list. >> that's cool. >> i'm going to send it to you. what's on the president's ipod? >> it is great. it is official. i love the bangs. >> i give them two thumbs up. >> what time did i get home? >> 10 sl:15. you were a good two hours into your sleep. >> i was going through my party invites and there were none. a quick moment. >> we will be back with a look at inaugural memorabilia after these messages. she said, "i think it's eight." she showed up with four file boxes of paperwork. "here, take my stuff and figure it out."
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hundreds of thousands of visitors have descended on washington, d.c. for inauguration weekend. they are not going away empty-handed. it is called stuff. everybody has to have it. after monday when all the balloons are deflated and the bands have marched home, what's left of your inauguration experience, that's where the
buttons, t-shirts, hats, cupcakes, cookies and all that presidential memorabilia come in. this weekend is all about this guy, mr. president. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> he is not the only one soaking up the experiential. >> it is always a fun time for washington, d.c. it is our super bowl. >> guests will be welcomed at the ritz-carlton with a special gift, presidential pillow cases and an inauguration day survival tote. >> survival might be a little bit dramatic. >> it will be cold that day. it always is on inauguration. hand warmers. >> i feel like i have seen obama walk around town with this bag. elizabeth, i only have to sit down and do this interview for 12 1/2 minutes before i got someone to open up the wine. >> it is a special vineyard, because it is grown from thomas
jefferson's vipes. >> how many before we are unable to spell the word inauguration. cheers. >> cheers. >> even sweeter, whipping up the first lady's recipe for her chocolate cookies. >> a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, my friend. pastry chef nelson haas and his team are baking more than 5,000 of them. there is three times the chocolate chips. you got your milk, white and regular old chocolate. look at it. it looks harmonious. it is harmony. cookies ala first lady. what do you get for the guy that has everything? presidential socks, just one of the hot items at the official inauguration store. wait, there is more. >> i present to you the pin section. it is a limousine. yo-yo. >> it might not be enough to
grab this little guy's attention so why not spice things up. if you want your inauguration weekend to be as presidential as possible, you need to come here, to ben's chili bowl. home of the half smokes. >> i didn't know that. >> just eat it. it is fine. the president actually visited ben's at one point, right? >> yes, he did. as president-elect, his first visit to eat out in washington was here at ben's chili bowl. it was a very exciting experience. >> let's say you are looking for something out of the box, georgetown cupcake has the inauguration dozen. >> a mixture of vanilla, red velvet and lava fudge. >> be warned, a day of memorabilia hunting can be filling and exhausting. wasn't there a presidential pillow case somewhere with my name on it. >> i feel like i can sleep for four years or eight in this case.
>> i slept for about an hour and a half. i brought you guys back a lot of goodies. cupcakes from d.c. cupcakes and the crew. that's for you. that's for the little guy. lester, jamming on the lawn. absolutely. >> matches the tie. >> erica, for you, my darling. >> you know me so well. i love you. >> that is what the president likes to drink. we have a bunch of cookies, michelle obama's cookies are right here. >> right now, david gregory is thinking what a bunch of touris tourists. on the eve of the president's second inauguration, two big issues, guns and the debt. two senators squaring off. plus, our political round table on big challenges facing the president in his second term. lester? you know when you come, you'll see the little statue of liberty.
a reminder, live coverage of president obama's swearing in just before noon eastern time. >> tomorrow, our inauguration coverage continues tomorrow beginning on "today." i'll see you back here i, joseph r. biden jr. do solemnly swear -- >> i, joseph r. biden jr. do solemnly swear -- >> right now, history in the making. that's vice president joe biden taking his second oath of office, and this happening in the last 30 minutes. >> and hundreds of thousands from around the world descend on the district for the presidential inauguration. an exciting time here in d.c. good morning, i am richard jordan. >> and i am
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