Today’s Special Occasion: The Presidential Inauguration

It's January 21, and all eyes are on Washington, D.C. as President Barack Obama begins his second term in office.  No matter your political affiliation or even your interest in politics, there is a certain sense of pageantry and patriotism on Inauguration Day.  If you take our Social Civics course, you know that Inauguration Day is always on January 20.  So why did President Obama sworn in yesterday in a small, private ceremony at the White House and then will take the oath again today on the steps of the Capitol?  The official Presidential Inauguration site answers that question and gives you many more details about today's events as well as the 56 previous inaugurations.  The site is a great resource, and it, along with watching today's events on television or online, will help you experience American history in new and exciting ways.