CBS news special report the inauguration of president Barack Obama. Live from Washington DC here's national correspondent Dan relieved to -- Mourning the event that's just beginning on the western side steps of the US capitol. Is the inauguration of Barack Obama as president reelected two and a half months ago. CBS news White House correspondent Peter -- you are right now outdoors just below the capitol dome. Yesterday you reported on the official swearing in mr. Obama was with only his family as he swore the oath of office led by Chief Justice John Roberts. Well right there on the Obama's second term of course officially under way following that Sunday's ceremony on the mandated. January 20 date. But that doesn't lower the excitement level for the tens of thousands of people here for this enduring American tradition. The crowd obviously not as large as the record number of over a 1000000004 years ago but I can see a massive humanity from here in the shadow of the capital all the way down the ball to the edge of the Washington monument. Then there's the amnesty crowd here oddly white stadium style platforms starting with the first family and also former president Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Carter former President Clinton secretary of state Clinton the Supreme Court front and center of chief Justice Roberts who will again administer the go to the president. Justice Sonia Sotomayor who will swear in the vice president. The weather is well you know not bad for inauguration day of mostly cloudy sky. Attempt covering around 32 is certainly no one of them or terrible the attend inaugural is that I've covered up. And we also have more perspective now on this day from the CBS news congressional correspondent Bob. Today's event will include some poetry and some prayers and some musical interludes from James Taylor Kelly Clarkson and beyoncé performing the National Anthem but the highlight -- the -- hundreds of thousands are gathered out in the cold. Is to -- President Obama and here is inaugural speech is expected to lay out a broad agenda for a second term not specific programs but that's his traditional inaugural speeches used rhetoric designed to pull people together and make them feel good about the country and where we're headed. If it's a really good speech inspire them a bit too. Now let's go to correspondent Pam Coulter at freedom plaza along the inaugural race. Out this yeah CS second inauguration Bob good for those -- -- lining both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue it's no less exciting. She waited hours in the cold for the chance to see the president and First Lady and in. Afraid it's become an American tradition this parade will be a little shorter than four years ago -- out eight officials slowed to fifteen. Groups including marching bands and military units in totaled nearly 9000. People at what 200 animals. Once they make the mile and a half trip from the capital the president vice president and their families she will watch from the reviewing stand in front of the White House. Tonight -- these two official inaugural balls compared to the ten over four years ago both held at the city's convention center. And now back today and -- Just starting the invocation prayer led by civil rights activist -- Evers Williams most let's -- officials. Of the United States. Of America. We are here to ask blessings. Upon I'll armed forces. Blessings upon all. Who contribute to the essence. Of the American spirit. The American dream and the opportunity to become law but -- -- man kinda woman kind. Allows us to be. This. Is the promise of America. As we sing the words of belief and this is my country. Not hostile act upon the meaning that every one. Is included. Maybe inherent dignity. And an aerial over rights of every woman man. Boy and girl B -- May all your people. Especially the least of these flourish. And I'll blessed nation. 150 years after the emancipation. Proclamation. And fifty years after the march on Washington. We celebrate the spirit of our ancestors. Were just allowed us to move -- from a nation. All the unborn hoax. And a history. Of dis enfranchise. Voters to the days expression. All of a more perfect union. We announce to all mighty. That to pour out I'll paths. Seem blanketed by throngs of oppression. And all of -- hangings of despair. We asked for your guidance. Toward the light. Of deliverance. And turned -- the vision of those who came before us. And dreamed -- this today that we recognize that their visions. Still inspire us. They are a great Colorado witnesses. Unseen. By the neck and eyes. But all around us. Thankful. That their living room was not in vain. For every mountain. You gave us the sprint to Kleinman. Your grace. Is needed it to continue that climate. For America. And to the world. We now stand beneath the shadow of the nation's capital -- golden dome reflects the unity and democracy of one nation that. Indivisible. With liberty. And justice. Fold. Approximately four miles. From where we are a symbol. The hallowed remains of men and women that -- in the Arlington cemetery. They knew who believed. Fought. And died for this country. Made a spirited infuse album being. To work together with the respect. And they -- us to continue. To build this nation. And in so doing that we send a message to the world that we all strong. Fierce. -- -- and and ever vigilant. In our pursuit of freedom. We ask. That you -- our president. The will also acted courageously. But cautiously. When confronted with danger and to act prudently but deliberately. When challenged by adversity. Please continue to bless -- efforts. To lead by example. And consideration and favour of the diversity. Of all people. Bless. All families. All across this nation. We thank you for the opportunity of prior. To strengthen us. For the journey through the days. That lie ahead. We invoke the prior errors of my grandmothers. Who taught us to prayed. God doesn't. Make me a blessing. The best spirit guide us. As we claim. The spirit. Of old. There's something with it in me. That holds the reins. There's something new if any need that vanishes pain in the that's something with it in me. I cannot explain. All I know America. There is. Something with an end. There is. Something. With again. In Jesus name in the name of all the hallway. And right. We prayed. On man. -- Evers Williams a former. The widow of the murdered African American rights campaign -- Medgar Evers he was murdered fifteen years ago. He's the first woman to give the indication in the first person who's not a member of the clergy who introduced senator Charles Schumer the award winning and tabernacle choir. The Brooklyn tabernacle choir. To seeing him battle hymn of the republic. I. Okay. Okay. It took them. Okay. Okay. I. That was so good you could hardly believe it took place outdoors. On the western steps of the capitol. The next item of business. Is vice president Joseph Biden taking the oath of office. He was officially sworn in for a second term yesterday at his official home here in Washington. This is always telling me in welcoming my colleague and my friend the senator from Tennessee the honorable Lamar Alexander. I. Senator Schumer and senator Alexander who chaired the presidential inauguration. Committee mr. President mr. vice president. Ladies and gentlemen. The lady Alex Haley the author of roots. Lived his life. By these six words. Find the good. And -- Today we praise. The American tradition. Of transferring. Or re affirming. A man's power. In the inauguration. Of the president of the United States. We do this in a peaceful. Orderly way. There is no mob. No -- No insurrection. This is a moment when millions. Stop and watch. A moment most of us always. Will remember. It is a moment. That is our most conspicuous. And enduring symbol. Of the American democracy. How remarkable. That this has survived. For so long. In such a complex country. When so much power is at stake. This freedom to vote for our leaders. And the restraint. To respect. The results. Last year and Mount Vernon. A tour guide told me that our first president George Washington. Once posed this question. What is most important Washington ask of this grand experience experiment. The United States. And then Washington answered his own question in this way. Not the election of the first president. But the election of its second press. The peaceful transfer of power is what will separate our country from every other country. In the world. So today we celebrate. The 57. Inauguration. Of the American president find the good. And praise it. Now it is my honor. It is my honor to introduce you associate justice of the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor. For the crowd. Ministering to hold the ball. To the vice president. Will everyone. Please stand. And thousands of people come to their feet as wearing your black judicial robe Sonia Sotomayor. Associate justice of the Supreme Court. Comes to the podium. Students -- is and I -- president please raise your right hand and repeat after me. I Joseph. Against all enemies foreign and -- against all enemies foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same old bear true faith and allegiance to the said. That I take this obligation freely that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of -- without any mental reservation or purpose of -- And that I will well and faithfully discharge and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of he's at the office on which I am about to end his duties of the office upon which I'm about to -- So help me -- so help me god who graduate. I had taken yes -- kiss on the cheek. Associate justice Sotomayor from vice president Joseph Biden you're hearing the US army herald trumpets. And that flourishes called hail Columbia it is my pleasure. To introduce renowned musical artist James Taylor. And no not carrying a guitar he also comes to -- podium. -- now he is putting his guitar on the strapping it over his. It's -- you'll. Be. Is the Cisco. Me is. -- And to receive. You. The. Two. A. Men. And news. -- -- and Japan is -- When. Need a need. And no. -- Is. Rounds it's. -- game. Is easy but we and from Z two. An. News. We. Are. Applause and even tears -- things tailored. President Obama stands up and it's James Taylor a hub. The next item of business is the oath of office for the president. -- It is my honor. To present the Chief Justice of the United States John G Roberts junior. Who administer the French presidential oath of office everyone please rise and. And coming to the podium the Obama daughters Sasha and Malia right hand and done absolutely. I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear I've Barack Hussein Obama solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute. That I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States in office the president of the united state. And will do the best of my ability and -- thus my ability preserve protect and defend. Preserve protect and defend the constitution of the United States constitution of the United States so help you god so help me god congratulations mr. -- Michelle Obama history. -- US marine band you. Not quite at 21 yet -- summer louder than others. Of course no actual ammunition the explosive charge goes -- Senator Charles Schumer is -- cheering inaugural ceremony. Ladies and gentlemen. It is my great privilege and distinct honor. To introduce the 44. President of the United States of America out. -- job. His second. Address. We understand that will be about. The okay. Okay. Vice President Biden. Mr. justice. Members of the United States congress. Distinguished guests. And fellow citizens. Each time we gathered to inaugurate a president. We bear witness. To the enduring strength. Of our constitution. -- -- The promise of our democracy. We're called -- what binds this nation together is not the color of the bars again. Or the tenants of our faith. -- the origins. Of our names. What makes this exceptional. What makes us America. Is our allegiance to an idea articulated in the declaration that made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths. To be felt bad. But all men. Are created -- And in -- by their creator. With certain unalienable rights. That among base are life. Liberty. In the pursuit of happiness. Today we continue a never ending journey. To bridge the meaning of both words. The reality is our time. For history tells us. That while these -- maybe self evident. They have never been that self executing and the -- freedom is a gift from god. The most we've secured by his people here on earth. The patriots 1776. Did not -- to replace the turning of a -- With the privileges of a few. Or the rule of a mob. They did to us a republic. Our government and by and for the people. And trusting each generation to keep save our founding creed. -- for more. The 200 years we have. Through blood -- -- and blood drawn my sword we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality. Could survive half slave and half free. We made ourselves you know. And vowed to move forward together. Together we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce. Schools and colleges to train our workers. Together we discovered that a free market only drive when there are rules to ensure competition. And fair play. Together. We resolved and a great nation must care for the vulnerable. And protect its people from wife's worst hazards and misfortune. To call. We have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority. Nor can we succumb to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government along. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise. Our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility. These are Constance in our character. We have always understood that when times change. So must we. The fidelity to our founding principles requires no responses to new challenges. But preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires. Collective action. But the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world my acting alone and American soldiers could -- the forces of fascism or communism. We -- it's -- malicious. No single person can train all the math and science teachers won't need to equip our children for the future. Or build the road to networks and research labs can bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now. More than ever. We must do these things together. As one nation and one people. The. This generation of Americans has been. Tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. The decade of war is now and it. And economic recovery and has begun. The possibilities. Are limitless for a week but that's all the qualities that this world without boundaries demand. This. You and drive for diversity. And openness. -- endless capacity for risk. And the gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans we are made for this moment and we will see -- so long as we see that the governor. -- -- The people. Understand that our country cannot succeed won a shrinking view. Do very well in growing many barely make it. We believe. That America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of rising middle class. We know America -- and every person -- independence and pride in the work. On the way to Nevada's labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true -- -- -- when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she have the same chance to succeed as anybody else because she is an American. She is free and she gives people not just. In the eyes of god but also in -- Understand that not more programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government. Revamp our tax code. Reform our schools. And empower citizens with the skills they need to work harder to learn more reach higher. But while the greens won't change. Our purpose indoors. The nation and the rewards work and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requirement that is what will give the real meaning to our regret. Way. The people. Still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this conflict. And investing in the generation will build -- future. Well we remember the lessons of our past. When twilight years were spent in poverty. And parents of child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky. Or happiness for the few who. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives. Anyone of us. At any time. May face a job loss -- a sudden illness. Or homes swept away at a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other. Through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security these things do not sap aren't Michigan based -- us. Make us a nation of takers state. Maria asked to take the risks that make this country great are. -- The Pentagon. Still believe that our obligations of Americans. Not just to ourselves but the all posterity. Okay. We will respond to the threat of climate change. Knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children. And future generations. Some may still deny -- overwhelming judgment of science. But not gonna mourn the devastating impact of raging fires. And crippling drought. And more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources won't be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition. We must leave it. We cannot cede it to other nations the technology that will power new job and new industries we must claim its promise. That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure. Our ports and waterways. Are crop wireless and snow capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet. Commanded to our care by god. That's what we're -- meaning to the creed. Our fathers once the player. Still believe that indoor and security and lasting peace to not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform. Tempered by the flames of battle are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens. -- by the memory of those we lost know too well the prices paid deliberate. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant. Against those who would do -- -- But we're also heirs to those who want peace and not just the war. Who -- sworn enemies in the insurers to friends and we must carry those lessons into this time as well. We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and the rule of. Yeah. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with -- other nations peacefully and not because we are naive about the dangers we face. But because engagement and orderly left suspicion and -- America will remain in the anchor a strong alliances in every corner of the globe. We already knew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis broad. Pernod would have been greater stake. In a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. Real support democracy from Asia to Africa. From the Americas to the Middle East because our interest and our conscience compel us to act on behalf. Of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope. To the poor. The sick. Marginalized. Victims of prejudice. Not out of -- charity but because he's in our time required the constant advance of those principles that are common -- describes. Tolerance and opportunity. Human dignity. And justice. We. The people. Declared today that the most evident the troops but. All of us are pretty. His response that god is still -- Does the guy and our forebears to his -- Of all and Selma and -- Just a big -- all those men and women and then some and on some level footprints along this great moment to hear it preachers say it. There we cannot get a loan. Here can proclaim that individual freedom is inextricably bound for the freedom of every so long term. It is not our generation's task to carry. What those pioneers beginning. Roger does not complete until our lives our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our day. Brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. Are truly credited -- shortly in the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Hard journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the -- man. Paul all immigrants who still see America -- The land of opportunity. Until bright young students and engineers aren't listed in our workforce rather than expelled from. From our country. Our journey is not complete. Until -- our children. From the streets of looks forward to the hills about Blake just to do it quietly playing some new town. Know that there are certain. And cherished. Always -- tomorrow. That. Is our generation's chance. To make these warrantless these rights. These values. Of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Real important every America. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to. Agree on every contour of life. Does not mean we all -- liberty him exactly the same way. Or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries long debate about the role of government for all time. But it does require us to act in our time. We're not decisions are upon us. And we cannot afford to let. We cannot mistake absolutism for principal. Result troops spectacle for politics. Retreat name calling has reason to debate. We must now. We must act knowing. That our work will be imperfect. We must act knowing that today's victory is it would be only partial. And there will be up to those who stand here and for years and forty years and 400 years -- To advance the -- spirit once confirmed to us. In -- spare Philadelphia hall. My fellow Americans. The all of I have sworn before you today. Like the one recited by others who serve in this cabinet. Was an oath to god and country. Not party or faction. And we must faithfully execute better players during the duration of our service. But the -- I spoke today are not so different from the -- just take -- each time soldiers signed up do. Warning immigrant realize surgery. -- -- is not so different from the planet we all make it. To the flag that way is above and the bill hearts with pride. The words of citizens. And -- represented our greatest hope. You when I asked citizens -- The power to -- this country schools. We're not as citizens. Have the obligation to -- the debates of our time now. Only when the votes we -- when the -- as we live in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. Each of us now -- brisk. With solemn note. And often drawn into what is our lasting birthright. With common. And common purpose. With passion and dedication. Let us answer the call of -- And Jerry into an uncertain future that question sleight of freedom. Thank you god -- the married forever bless these United States of America. And I. -- -- You're listening to live coverage of the from CBS.