President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Walking The Parade in 2009

President Obama’s Second Inauguration Downsizing Due To Economic Climate And Current Events

President Obama’s second inauguration will be a smaller affair than his first one to reflect the austere economic climate and other current events.

Set to take place on the weekend on January 20-21, the event themed as “Our People. Our Future” will reach a worldwide audience of billions. As such the Presidential Inaugural Committee is planning a — relatively — restrained event that acknowledges what’s happening in America and abroad.

USA Today reports that while attendees and viewers of the 57th inauguration can still expect to see glamour and pomp on the day, organizers are keen to frame the festivities appropriately in light of the national debt, high unemployment, the mass shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School — and the war in Afghanistan.

To that end, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and folk hero James Taylor have been drafted in to add gravitas to the swearing- in ceremony, while a raft of artists including Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Usher, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, and the cast of Glee will add a concert atmosphere to other events on the day.

Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, believes that smaller doesn’t mean the event will be any less significant, adding:

“What we’ve been seeing from the very beginning is a passion and energy for this inaugural because people want to be a part of history. This is is a moment that’s only happened 56 other times.”

By the time inaugural weekend rolls around Washington will be transformed by decorations hanging from the west front of the Capitol — where Obama will take the oath of office — to the Washington Convention Center which is expected to attract 40,000 ball-goers on Monday evening.

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama at one of the 10 balls they attended at the first inauguration in 2009