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Georgia more than a spectator at inauguration

WXIA -- In all the pomp and circumstance, Georgia had a chance to shine throughout the inaugural event in Washington, D.C.

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President Obama and his family started the day at St. John's Episcopal Church with a sermon from Pastor Andy Stanley of Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta.

Stanley told the president he was the most powerful man in a nation-sized room and that he should use that power to benefit others.

Pastor Cynthia Hale from Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur was also a part of the service, reading scripture from Joshua.

Former President Jimmy Carter attended the swearing in ceremony, remembering what it felt like the day he took the oath of office.  Carter says it was only 6 degrees and windy; still he says Monday felt colder.

Carter described the ceremony as diverse and hopeful.

"I think there's kind of a spirit of harmony and maybe anticipation of maybe a more productive next four years," Carter said.

For the ceremony, President Obama used two Bibles.  One used by Abraham Lincoln, the other once belonging to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was restored by an Acworth man for the event. King's daughter hopes the symbolism helps heal a divided nation.

"The fact that the president is using daddy's Bible is heart warming for me because my father was first and foremost a preacher, he was a pastor, and so it reminds people of that," said Bernice King.

Georgia State's marching band had the honor of playing in the inaugural parade, tipping its hat to Georgia native James Brown. It marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, playing his song, Living in America.

All the while, the president watched, on a platform covered in carpet from the Dalton-based company Shaw Floors. A spokesman admitted it was just a small part of a big event, but said they were grateful to be involved.

Monday night at the Inaugural Ball, Vice President Biden and his wife Jill danced to Georgia native Ray Charles' I Can't Stop Loving You, performed by Jamie Foxx.

On Tuesday, Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Raphael Warnock delivered the closing prayer during the presidential inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.


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