U.S. Presidential Inauguration

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  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 6:05 p.m. ET

    It's been a pleasure chatting with you, Yahoo! News users. Thanks for reading, and thanks for participating.

  • Comment from Kyle Hopkins| 6:01 p.m. ET

    Breaking news, Obama chews gum, and his wife rolls her eyes! More on it tomorrow!

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 6:00 p.m. ET

    Yes, thanks for reminding me, Jeff. Readers, don't forget to come back on February 12 for the State of the Union, when we'll be doing this again.

  • Jeff Greenfield, Y! News| 5:59 p.m. ET

    wrapping up here--been quite a day....his speech makes the State of the Union especially interesting,...thanks for tuning/clicking/ mousing in.

  • Beth Fouhy| 5:59 p.m. ET

    Thanks for joining us! Great to have so many thoughtful comments throughout the day.

  • Comment from Spearamint Gate| 5:59 p.m. ET

    If the gay population is allowed to fully get married then I feel so sorry for them when the ex takes them through the ringer and everything because 99% theirs and 1% yours

  • Comment from Max| 5:58 p.m. ET

    It was cool to chat with the reporters. Thanks.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:58 p.m. ET

    Certainly the most historic thing that happened today.

  • Walter Shapiro| 5:57 p.m. ET

    If we're going to wrap up, I still think that the most important event of the day was Barack Obama's full-throated endorsement of gay rights in the most august moment of his presidency.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:56 p.m. ET

    We're going to wrap up this live chat at 6 p.m. DC time, but the video stream of the parade -- no longer moderated by Yahoo News and ABC News journalists -- will continue.

  • Comment from Constantino Lee| 5:55 p.m. ET

    Watching the inauguration from Colon, Panama.

  • Comment from Toni| 5:55 p.m. ET

    Assuming it's Nicorette, I'd rather see him chewing gum than lighting up.

  • Comment from Spearamint Gate| 5:55 p.m. ET

    Twitter did help but the advent of the "blog" did not help either, when "blogs" came about it turned everyone with a keyboard into a wannabe journalist.

  • Comment from Max| 5:55 p.m. ET

    I think I saw some horses and bayonets.

  • Comment from George| 5:52 p.m. ET

    Yes, Max I think Twitter ruined journalism. It started micro-non journalism news.

  • Comment from Lisa| 5:51 p.m. ET

    I'm glad he's chewing gum. It makes him human and relatable.

  • Comment from Sylvia| 5:51 p.m. ET

    Little Rock Central High School Band - extremely symbolic presence in this parade, on this day.

  • Comment from Spearamint Gate| 5:50 p.m. ET

    Twitter ruined LIFE

  • Dylan Stableford, Y! News| 5:49 p.m. ET

    Max, I can answer that in three: No.

  • Comment from Max| 5:48 p.m. ET

    Did Twitter ruin journalism? Answer in fewer than 140 characters.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:45 p.m. ET

    From the way Obama is chewing.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:45 p.m. ET

    Emma Keller, wife of former NY Times editor Bill Keller, tweeted that "from experience" she believes the gum is Nicorette.

  • Comment from Jacquelyn Crosland| 5:45 p.m. ET

    Bad breath is NOT an option....lol

  • Dylan Stableford, Y! News| 5:40 p.m. ET

    If you think Obama chews a lot of gum, just wait for President Dave Grohl's inauguration.

  • Jeff Greenfield, Y! News| 5:39 p.m. ET

    Spearmint-Gate!!!!!

  • Comment from Charles Heller| 5:36 p.m. ET

    Maybe the man just enjoys gum

  • Comment from Charles Heller| 5:35 p.m. ET

    The Presidential Gum...lol

  • Comment from carolyn| 5:35 p.m. ET

    You'd be surprised how dry your mouth gets when you have to smile a lot!

  • Comment from MDTherapist| 5:35 p.m. ET

    He has been since this began. Technique to keep from falling asleep. Lol.

  • Comment from Sheryl| 5:35 p.m. ET

    Yes, he is Tamara! And, he's been chewing for a while now.... he's having too much fun! I'm loving it!

  • Comment from Guest| 5:35 p.m. ET

    Fresh is always good!

  • Dylan Stableford, Y! News| 5:34 p.m. ET

    Someone on CNN speculated the same thing, though brought it up as a sign the president seems relaxed. "He's kicking back enjoying his Nicorette or whatever it is."

  • Dylan Stableford, Y! News| 5:32 p.m. ET

    Tamara, earlier in the chat, Yahoo! News editor Beth Fouhy speculated it might be the Nicorette gum he reportedly used when he was trying to quit smoking. "Maybe the day has been stressful and he's had to fight the urge to light up?"

  • Comment from Tamara| 5:30 p.m. ET

    Is Obama chewing gum?!

  • Comment from Charles Heller| 5:30 p.m. ET

    This has to be tiring for them

  • Comment from Cheryl| 5:21 p.m. ET

    Lol photo bombing the first couple's kiss

  • Comment from Penny| 5:20 p.m. ET

    Well...there are supposed to be 140 horses plus other animals - haven't seen one yet

  • | 5:19 p.m. ET

    (Via @kerstinshamberg)

  • Comment from Latasha Lester| 5:17 p.m. ET

    The President is really enjoying the parade. His face is full of joy and happiness. He loves the music!!!! Congrats to you Mr. President!

  • Comment from Jen| 5:17 p.m. ET

    Finding hilarious that political commentators are pointing out the "cruelty" towards the losing Presidential candidate.... They must be looking in the mirror

  • Comment from naturally new'olins| 5:16 p.m. ET

    i assure all of you the nothing is going to change mardi gras!! no matter your color, internet, dvr, etc not a big deal! super bowl AND mardi gras same time can't compare.

  • Comment from Phoebe D| 5:14 p.m. ET

    On the subject of a woman president, I think it would be great if Michelle Obama ran

  • Comment from Charles Heller| 5:14 p.m. ET

    Poor Mitt? The man lost a race due to inexperience on a multitude of issues.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:13 p.m. ET

    New Orleans should name Obama king of Rex so he can't do the State of the Union on Mardi Gras. Now those parades boast some terrific marching bands!

  • Comment from Ken| 5:12 p.m. ET

    I think in 2016 you are going to have our first woman President. It will be interesting to see if both parties nominate a woman.

  • Dylan Stableford, Y! News| 5:11 p.m. ET

    It appears Buzzfeed was listening in on Virginia earlier in our livechat:

    Did Beyoncé Upstage Michelle Obama?
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/amyodell/did-beyonc-upstage-michelle-obama

  • Comment from C| 5:10 p.m. ET

    Poor Mitt.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:10 p.m. ET

    Meaning, an inept party at presidential politics that throws its nominees under the bus after the election.

  • Chris Suellentrop, Yahoo!| 5:10 p.m. ET

    The Vanishing Mitt Romney is the best sign that Republicans are the new Democrats.

  • Comment from Guest| 5:09 p.m. ET

    I don't care who runs in 2016 as long as it is not Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. I really think I would have to move to Canada.

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