President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country's future.
Here are a few questions and answers about this year's quadrennial event, at which Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term.
If Barack Obama really wants to make history, he should flub the oath of office Monday.
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Saturday night, at the Iowa State Society's inauguration ball -- one of scores of unofficial parties that blossom every four years in the shadows of the real things -- VP Joe Biden told the crowd he was honored to be, yes, "president."
Presidential speechwriters are used to tight deadlines, but when Michael Gerson had a mild heart attack while writing George W. Bush's second inaugural speech, he ended up writing the speech from his hospital bed.
In 2009, when some 1.8 million attended, they had about 5,000 portable toilets at their disposal.
No matter what President Barack Obama tries to accomplish in the next four years, one of his biggest challenges might be avoiding the kind of missteps that have tripped up many of his predecessors in their second terms.
When the nation's first African-American president takes the public oath of office for his second term on Monday, he will do it on the national holiday devoted to the country's greatest civil rights dreamer, the Rev. Martin Luther King.