Transcript for Second Inaugural: Getting Ready for Pomp and Parties
this evening and the countdown is on until president obama's inauguration. The official beginning to his second term. The president's first inauguration made history in so many ways. Tonight, preparing to make history again. And one familiar voice. Abc's david kerley at the white house tonight. ♪ At last ♪ Reporter: What a night, the new first couple serenaded by beyonce. The singer is back, but this time will perform as the president stands on the steps of the capitol. Other stars too, alicia keys, katy perry, but rather than ten inaugul balls, there will only be two. Other changes as well, at this second celebration. The president takes the official oath of office tomorrow in the white house. On monday, he takes the oath again on the capitol steps with his hand on two bibles, martin luther king's, and president lincoln's. I barack hussein obama -- Reporter: Standing on the national mall, as many as 800,000 people. That is nearly twice as many people who attended the second inaugurals of presidents clinton and bush. Before the oath and the party, today the president did a little work. This inauguration is a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power. Reporter: A national day of service, brought the first family to a d.C. Elementary school for a bit of painting. While around the nation's capital, the final touches were going on the parade route and the visitors were already starting to gather on the people's lawn. I have covered a couple of these, david. They can be ry, very chilly. Here's the good news, the forecast calls for maybe 40 degrees when the president takes the oath on monday.
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