Sights, Sounds and Perspectives from Inauguration Day 2013

President Barack Obama will be sworn in to his second term in office on January 21st during inauguration ceremonies in Washington, DC. Even though crowds will be smaller than during Obama's first inauguration in 2009, as many as 800,000 people are expected to attend the various events in the nation's capital.

A week of festivities will include the presidential swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural address, inaugural parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring the president.

We will bring you thoughts, observations and images from members of the Harvard Kennedy School community, and others attending the inauguration, as well as the viewpoints of a variety of HKS faculty members on the most substantive policy challenges facing the president and his administration during his second term.

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The Second Term: Joseph Newhouse on Healthcare Policy We spoke with Joseph Newhouse, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management about healthcare policy issues confronting the president in his second term.

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The Second Term: Joseph Nye on U.S.-Chinese Relations We spoke with Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and former dean of the Kennedy School, about U.S.-Chinese relations over the next four years.

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The Second Term: Robert Blendon on the Affordable Care Act We spoke with Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at the School of Public Health and faculty member of HKS, about the Affordable Care Act and its challenges on the president's radar screen.

The Second Term: Robert Stavins on Energy and Environmental Policy We spoke with Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government Environment and Natural Resources Program, about energy and environmental policy issues the president will face in the next four years.

The Second Term: Calestous Juma on International Development We spoke with Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development Director, Science, Technology and Globalization, about the pressing international development policy issues of the president's second term.

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