On CNN now: Senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash spoke with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, in the Capitol Rotunda about President Obama's inaugural address: "He delivered it extremely well because every single word he embraced completely," she said.
"(Obama is) just very gifted with words," Jarrettt said, though, "It takes hard work. He does labor over his speeches."
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama, said he largely finished his speech a couple of days ago, though he did make tweaks. His time on the campaign trail and outside of Washington informed his remarks, she said.
CNN's Allison Brennan reports: "Joel Lopez Director of Planning and Operations with the AsPCA out of Brooklyn, New York is down with a group of animal wellness organizations.
They were called in by the Department of Health in case something happens to any of the 140 horses, 50 dogs or five working dogs today. They are here along with the humane society as well as HEART (Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport). They have an Equine ambulance at 15th and H streets NW."
John Boehner speaking now as lunch has finished. Some bipartisan speeches on the way - watch live on CNN.
Members of the military are lined up outside the East Front of the Capitol (the side opposite the inauguration platform). Before leading the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, Obama is expected to review the troops.
At the luncheon, Obama and Biden are presented with the flags that flew over the Capitol today as well as framed photos of the inauguration. First lady Michelle Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, are presented with vases.
Obama's thought bubble: Come on. Is this thing still going on? Get me back to the White House.
President Obama speaking now at the luncheon - making a brief toast. Thanking many on both sides of the aisle.
Obama has exited Statutory Hall and is in the Capitol rotunda, reviewing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.
The windows in the President's limo are not tinted. It's easy to see him when he drives by.
Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It's not just abt you. It's abt us all.
President Obama started his speech at 11:53 and at 2:53 they start moaning. Some Republicans are just feeling left out. Let's come together.
House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are waiting on the Capitol East Front for the Obamas and Bidens to emerge for the troop review. Opposite them are now Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Lamar Alexander, co-chairs of the congressional inaugural committee.
President Obama is now reviewing the troops with the first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on the steps of the Capitol building
President Obama returns to his limo to commence the parade up Pennsylvania Avenue back to the White House. The parade will include dozens of floats and, CNN's Kate Bolduan reports, an estimated 200 animals.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CNN's Dana Bash he's "confident" former senator Chuck Hagel, who President Obama has nominated as Panetta's successor, will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican, tells CNN's Dana Bash: "The president's speech was one that spoke to his aspirations for the country."
Former President George H. W. Bush released the following statement on today's Presidential Inauguration:
"Barbara and I send President and Mrs. Obama -- and their wonderful girls -- our best wishes and prayers on this historic day. May Almighty God bless them and our wonderful country over the next four years."
The Presidential Walk begin! Along the parade route, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are now walking.
Fascinating: POTUS and Chief Justice Roberts signed the MLK bible, at the request of the King family, per Secretary of Senate #CNN
Even Inaugural parades can be historic.When JFK saw all-white Coast Guard cadets at his parade he ordered integration of Coast Guard Academy
President Obama returns to his limo and the parade continues down Pennsylvania Ave towards the White House.