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The white domed US Capitol building, draped with huge Stars and Stripes, where Mr Obama was due to take the oath of office at just before 1700 GMT (12 noon EST), was etched against the dark predawn sky with spotlights.Temperatures were forecast for a relatively comfortable upper 30F (3 to 4C), much warmer than the bitter chill that has had crowds shivering at some previous inaugurations.Though the mood was festive, as revellers crammed into coffee shops and subway trains heading downtown, Mr Obama’s second inauguration lacks the sense of historic promise and hope that greeted his first term in 2009.
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