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Star-spangled banners, tight security and crowd barriers. All preparations for US President Barack Obama’s public inauguration.

Up to 800,000 are expected for the grand parade on Monday.

They’ll line the route down the National Mall and watch Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take their oaths in front of the Capitol.

Obama was officially sworn in at the White House on Sunday, where an inaugurational gala was held.

His brief speech emphasised his desire to unite America and the national work ethic.

“Make sure you know what we are celebrating is not the election or swearing-in of a President; what we are doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home. And after we celebrate, let’s make sure to work as hard as we can to pass on an America that is worthy not only of our past but also of our future”.

The US President’s inauguration takes place on Martin Luther King Day. It’s a coincidence that carries great significance and resonance. As he embarks on his second term in office, he will symbolically take the oath on both Lincoln and King’s bibles.

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