“There is something about Americans glancing up,” says Benjamin Lowy, who photographed attendees of the 57th Presidential Inauguration for NBC News on Monday. The upward glance seems to embody a hopeful gaze into the future, and it inspired similar portraits by Mr. Lowy during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions last year. “It doesn’t matter if we’re black, white, yellow, or brown,” he says. “We look the same when we look up.”

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Beyoncé lip-synched national anthem at inauguration

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It’s true what you’re hearing about what you heard not being ”true.” Beyoncé’s spectacular inaugural performance of the national anthem was indeed lip-synched.

Inauguration Day sunrise

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Party time! Obamas attend inaugural balls

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President Barack Obama and wife Michelle shared a tender dance at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball Monday night, hours after he swore the oath of office during the public inauguration. 

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Slideshow: 57th Presidential Inauguration

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President Obama arrives to take ceremonial oath of office earlier today. How’s that for a view? 

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Obama soaks in historic inauguration crowd

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President Obama pauses as he leaves the inauguration, telling passersby “I want to take a look one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”

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WATCH LIVE: Inaugural parade kicks off

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What did you think of President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech Monday?

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Obama’s inaugural speech: The full text

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Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: 

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional - what makes us American - is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.

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Celebrities, political elite arrive for Obama’s second inauguration

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Singer Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z among the many arriving for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in.

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Pomp and circumstance: Obama’s second inaugural kicks off

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The pomp and circumstance of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration were underway Monday morning in Washington, as the president engaged in a series of quadrennial traditions leading up to his formal swearing-in on Capitol Hill.