Sen. Schumer opens inaugural

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With his wife Michelle at his shoulder, President Barack Obama waves to crowds gather for his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is opening the 57th inaugural ceremonies by invoking the innate majesty and sacred meaning of the proceedings.

The duty falls to the New York Democrat as chairman of the inauguration committee.

Schumer says that the entrusting of power from the people to our chosen leaders "never fails to make our hearts beat faster, as it will today."

Said Schumer: "America always rises to the occasion, America prevails and America prospers."

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