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House meets to attend Obama's inauguration

Jan. 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives met for a few minutes Monday to prepare to join in the festivities of President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Only current House members can participate in the procession and sit on the platform during the swearing-in ceremony, said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., the speaker pro tem on Monday.

During the morning prayer, the House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, asked that President Obama be "strengthened in his work and grow in understanding," and that he "respond to nation's deepest needs and lift us up to higher standards."

Conroy also prayed for Obama's health and protection and that the president be supported with "encouragement and prayer."

The Senate's calendar for Monday read: "11:30 a.m.: Convene for the joint session for the Inaugural Ceremonies."

Meanwhile, at the West Front of the U.S. Capital, chants of "Rise up" and "Ready to go" could be heard between musical selections as diplomatic representatives, lawmakers and other dignitaries were escorted to the site of the swearing-in ceremony.

The temperature, under cloudy skies, was 36 degrees F, wunderground.com said.

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