Hundreds of thousands of people are getting ready to gather on the National Mall today to witness the swearing in of President Barack Obama and his inaugural address.
President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country's future while leaving the details of the policy fights over taxes, guns, immigration and other divisive issues for another day.
White House aides say the president will not make a policy speech today after taking his oath of office on the Capitol's west front. Rather, the president plans to use the moment as it traditionally has been used in most of the 56 previous inaugurations - to talk about American values.
White House advisers see the inaugural speech as the opening opportunity to discuss Obama's second-term agenda, but in broad terms. They say he will talk policy specifics at the State of the Union address Feb. 12.
The nation will also honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. today.
A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the King Center will hosts its annual commemorative service featuring the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who's president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The speech will mark the first time a Latino leader has served as the keynote speaker for the commemorative service on the King holiday.