Welcome to CNN's 2013 Inauguration live blog at CNN.com/Conversation! While you watch CNN's coverage on TV - or here on CNN.com at CNN.com/Live...or on another platform like your mobile phone or tablet - use this live blog as a companion to your experience. Here you'll find extra information, links and videos from today and that relate to what's happening, pictures and other behind-the-scenes info, trivia and polls and more. You'll also see tweets from dozens of CNN reporters, producers, anchors and analysts, while they cover this event today - and we'll bring in others from celebrities who are in and around DC. And your conversation is important too! Leave your thoughts in the live blog on the right side of the page, and we'll include your take in the main live blog as well. We'll be live all day here, and into tonight and the parties the Obamas will be attending.
From CNN's Kevin Liptak reporting from the National Mall: A portion of the non-ticketed area between 4th and 7th streets is at capacity and closed, police say. While people are packed in here relatively closely, everyone is still able to move freely.
From CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser:
President Obama is at 52% approval as he begins his second term… according to a CNN Poll of Polls which averages eight non-partisan, live operator survey’s conducted over the past two weeks. Forty-three percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.
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From CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser:
How does President Obama stack up against his most recent predecessors who served two terms? George W. Bush was at 51% approval in CNN polling at his second inaugural in 2005; Bill Clinton stood at 62% in 1997 and so did Ronald Reagan in 1985.
Jessica Yellin reports President Obama made some tweaks this morning to his speech, but had it mostly done over the weekend.
Very encouraging: President has bipartisan leadership in for coffee before inaugural. Resetting conversation! #CNN
TRIVIA: The longest Inauguration address was delivered by...
"This is a bipartisan complaint," reports John King on CNN now about Obama not interacting much with senators, congressmen and congresswomen and others in DC.
Malia Obama gives her dad a fright, as recounted in a pool report from a reporter covering the president: "As the president's limo pulled up, the Obama daughters and Mrs. Robinson got out of the car behind. Malia Obama sneaked up to surprise her dad, shouting, 'Boo!' as he got out. 'You scared me!' he told her, and then the first family, joined by Mrs. Robinson, followed the Bidens inside."
Rev. Jesse Jackson live now on CNN, talking about Obama's inauguration as well as Martin Luther King Day.
“@JoyVBehar: Wishing @BarbaraJWalters a speedy recovery! Get well soon Barbara!” We miss you today. @ABC
John Berman is live in the crowd, talking about what you get when you get to your seat. Also - who will be on the President's podium? Check out CNN now.
CNN's John Berman reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff just took their seats on the inauguration platform.
4 years ago, I sat on the presidential platform and was seated near the red carpet entrance. Today, I am here at @ABC for @obamainaugural.
As Brooke Baldwin is explaining live on CNN now, upload your pictures to Instagram with a #CNN hashtag and we'll feature some here on the live blog, on CNN.com and on TV.
How much would you pay for a hot dog on the mall? CNN's Ashley Killough reports they're selling for $4 and are the most expensive item on the menu:
"Not too bad. But the lines? About 80 people deep for each of the 10 lines," she reports. "It's starting to get colder. People are putting on more layers now that the clouds are rolling in and starting to cover the sun."
It's not just about the election returns and breaking down the counties: John King is at the Magic Wall now. Looking at satellite images of the 2009 Inauguration.
#dualcelebration today. @obamainaugural and #MartinLutherKing birthday. #God Bless America!
Coming up soon: Wolf Blitzer will interview Gen. Colin Powell live on CNN.
If you're watching CNN, you can see the arrivals of all the VIPS - some celebrities and some political celebrities. We see Sen. John McCain, and Sen. (and soon-to-be-potential-Sec.) John Kerry now.