Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration highlights (SLIDESHOW)

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Celebrities and high profile political figures join the thousands of average Americans as they gather to witness President Barack Obama‘s presidential inauguration ceremony.

Today’s swearing-in, marks the start of Obama’s second term as the nation’s 44th president.

Steve Harvey, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Rev. Al Sharpton were all in attendance for the festivities.

Further reading on the inauguration of Barack Obama:

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Beyoncé’s media blitz continues at Obama inauguration

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