Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as the presidential inauguration, so Americans are feeling very patriotic on this Winter Monday. As we follow all the inauguration festivities in honor of President Barack Obama's second term, you can get in the spirit with a look at these Americana ads featuring wartime slogans and festive red, white, and blue clotting. Let's celebrate our country today with these vintage patriotic ads!
Some would go for red, white, or blue nail polish for such an auspicious occasion as the presidential inauguration . . . but not Beyoncé Knowles. "When Beyoncé walked in, she just plainly said, 'I want orange.' So orange it was," manicurist Lisa Logan explained. The artist sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" to close out the inauguration ceremony today decked out in a Emilio Pucci dress, and her nails were in full view. To get the exact look, use NCLA's I'm With the Band ($16), or try a similar shade: Red Carpet Manicure's Tangerine on the Rocks ($22). It seems that the the reign of Tangerine Tango, Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, is still going strong.
The presidential inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, is going to be one part tradition and two parts party — just listen to the music from the artists who are performing that day in Washington DC. The Presidential Inaugural Committee put together an official Spotify playlist, featuring artists such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé.
Listen to the sounds that'll kick off President Barack Obama's second term in office after the break.
It has been a busy inauguration weekend for Michelle Obama . . . and her brand-new bangs. Michelle debuted the new cut on her birthday via the new FLOTUS Twitter account. Everyone has had something to say about the trim, even her husband. "I love Michelle Obama," the president said. "And to address the most significant event of this weekend: I love her bangs. She looks good — she always looks good." While the first lady may be the newest member of the blunt-bang club, other notable women seem to be jumping on the fringe trend, including Kate Middleton. Some are anticipating which designers Michelle will be wearing throughout Inauguration Day (or the Tour of the Bangs), but we can't wait to see how many different face-framing styles the FLOTUS will debut.
President Obama has officially been sworn in for his second term in office at the 57th Presidential Inaugural, and Sasha and Malia looked sophisticated and lovely for their dad's big day. Malia's fuchsia coat and violet tights are by J.Crew, and Sasha's purple coat and tone-on-tone striped dress are by Kate Spade. See more of the first daughters's inaugural weekend looks, and what top designers are dreaming up for them to wear to this evening's balls, and more!
Inauguration weekend in DC has been jam-packed, and we've been taking it all in, as we talk to the famous faces on the scene. Yesterday, Eva Longoria, Ben Folds, Miss America, and more donated their time at the National Day of Service event on the National Mall, and we grabbed a few minutes to chat with them about the importance of community service and giving back. Check it out and then stay tuned for more footage from Washington — including tomorrow when President Obama is officially sworn in for a second term!
We're currently in DC as the celebration surrounding President Obama's inauguration kicks off! Yesterday we attended the Kids' Inaugural — a concert to honor military families, which Michelle Obama says is her favorite event of the entire weekend. Watch our footage as the first lady takes the podium to address the crowd, and see the famous performers who hit the stage, including Katy Perry and Usher!
President Obama and Vice President Biden, along with their families and supporters, are getting ready to celebrate their big electoral win and set the tone for their second term during the inaugural weekend. The 57th presidential inauguration kicks off Saturday with a National Day of Service, and later in the evening, First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, as well as Dr. Jill Biden and her grandchildren, will attend a concert for military families, with performances by artists like Katy Perry and Usher.
The Democrats in DC will party on until Monday, when the President takes his public oath of office at the Capitol. We are currently in DC and will be covering the entire festive weekend! To follow along from home, get the details on the big events and famous faces to watch out for in our guide to the 2013 inauguration.