Celebrities, members of Congress tweet during inauguration

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Twitter’s official hashtag was #inauguration. The microblogging service set up an Event page to monitor tweets about the occasion.

According to Twitter, there were 1.1 million tweets sent during the ceremony, which lasted just over an hour, referencing the inauguration, with the peek moment for tweets following the moment Obama said: "We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

Some of those tweets were clearly coming from the risers set up for VIPs at the Capitol. Many members of Congress tweeted comments and photos during the ceremony.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayBlame game begins on Zika funding McConnell pledges redo vote on Zika after break Senate Democrats want new round of Zika talks MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Gwen MooreGwen MooreDems to Obama: End citizenship rule for education programs Overnight Finance: Republicans move to block overtime rule | House, Senate split on IRS cuts | Yellen heading back before Congress Bill would require drug test to claim high-dollar tax deduction MORE (D-Wis.) both tweeted their view of the president.


Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillBlame game begins on Zika funding Overnight Tech: Obama heads back to Silicon Valley | FCC meeting preview | Yahoo bans terror content | Zuckerberg on sit-in live streams Senator shares frustrating call with cable company MORE (D-Mo.) mocked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s “weird” hat, Sen. Mike CrapoMike CrapoPost Orlando, hawks make a power play Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance MORE (R-Idaho) complimented the Marine Corps Band and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) snapped a photo of Beyoncé while the singer delivered the closing rendition of the National Anthem.

Clarkson, who sang “My country, ‘tis of thee” during the ceremony, tweeted her relief after finishing the song, and Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaOvernight Tech: Facebook's Sandberg comes to Washington | Senate faces new surveillance fight | Warren enters privacy debate Michelle Obama signs up for Snapchat Michelle Obama: 'It's time for us to come together' MORE personally tweeted that she felt “honored and blessed” that so many Americans attended the ceremony.




Commenting on the chilly weather in Washington, D.C., was actress Gabrielle Union — who also said it was “worth it” to be a “frozen fudge pop” — and Longoria, part of the inaugural committee, tweeted a photo of herself — also looking bundled up from the cold — on the platform.


The White House encouraged Twitter followers to share favorite quotes from Obama’s inauguration speech using the hashtag #inaugquote, but the hashtag never really got going, according to Topsy analytics.


The Presidential Inaugural Committee went on to live-tweet the parade following the swearing-in ceremony on Monday afternoon from @obamainaugural, while the Secret Service continued sharing updated security information about barricades and long lines at @secretservice.

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