Sure, today is about history. Inaugurations are a tradition nearly as old as the country itself.
But today's also all for show. It's like so much of our politics these days.
Consider that the president already is one day into his second term. He took the oath of office during a private ceremony on Sunday at the White House to adhere to the Constitution's mandate that presidents start their terms on Jan. 20. Now, he'll do it again in public before hundreds of thousands of people, and millions more watching from home. There will be no suspense. There will be no climax. We know what's going to happen, because it already did.
Just about the only things we don't know:
—What exactly the president will say in his inaugural address.
—What designer the first lady will wear to the balls.
—Liz Sidoti — Twitter http://twitter.com/lsidoti
Inauguration Watch follows the events of President Barack Obama's second inaugural. Look for short items and photos throughout the day.