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For a circular seal of white, gold and blue, Inauguration Day in Washington is a day to shine.
The presidential seal will be hanging just in front of Barack Obama for all the world to see.
But the symbol made of epoxy resin and fiberglass actually gets a workout from a life on the road. When new seals need to be born or come in for a touch up, it happens inside a nondescript building on Fort Belvoir, just outside Washington, D.C.
Here, the seals are hand-painted to exacting details. They come in five sizes, ranging from 5 inches to 25 inches.
Their creator and caretaker is the Army's Institute of Heraldry, an out-of-the-way government agency that keeps up appearances for an array of departments, developing everything from coats of arms to military insignia to medals.
Good morning and welcome to our coverage of Day One of the Presidential inauguration
Reminder: Obama will take the swearing in today and repeat it tomorrow.
In case you're still wondering why the double-oaths today and tomorrow: the Constitution declares the president and vice-president's terms end at noon on January 20 hence today's swearing in. Tomorrow is merely pomp & circumstance.