Inauguration Memes, Tweets and Pics

Joanna Stern
ABC NewsJanuary 21, 2013
Inauguration Memes, Tweets and Pics
Inauguration Memes, Tweets and Pics (ABC News)

They say a million people have descended on Washington, D.C. today to watch Barack Obama's second inauguration, but many more are watching and commenting on the Internet via Twitter, Facebook and social media. As of 10:00 a.m. ET, Twitter reported that in the previous 90 minutes there had already been more tweets than during the actual 90-minute inauguration ceremony in 2009. During the ceremony, there were 1.1 Million inauguration-related tweets, with 27,795 tweets per minute at the highest peak.

Follow along here as we watch for the hottest Inauguration chatter.

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Memes and Photos

We told you you Aretha Franklin's famous 2009 inauguration hat was going to make a comeback. We just didn't know how, er, small it would be. Katy Perry tweeted about her little hat this morning.

Big inauguration, tiny Aretha hat.

— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 21, 2013

And then John Mayer popped up in Washington wearing his own.

But the hottest hair conversation? Michelle Obama's bangs. We assume it is only a matter of time before someone makes the fake Twitter account for them.


— rob delaney (@robdelaney) January 21, 2013


— dansinker (@dansinker) January 21, 2013

Thousands are also tweeting links to the full text of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Here's the text of the speech on

Paul Ryan has sent his support to Obama via a tweet. No word from Romney yet.

Photos of a protestor who climbed up a tree near the Capitol surfaced on Twitter.

Don't forget about the girls! Sascha and Malia's purple coats are getting a lot of attention, but so are Malia's dance moves.

There were over 23,000 tweets for Beyonce even before her performance started. What if Beyonce had showed up to the mic with bangs? You think Twitter would have went down?

Beyonce. Beyonce. Beyonce.

— People magazine (@peoplemag) January 21, 2013

One nation under Beyonce.

— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 21, 2013

Me and B just hangin' out ….don't worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!…

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 21, 2013

And the masses turned back to hats - Antonin Scalia's hat to be specific.

At some point #anoguracetion started trending. We knew it was hard to spell, but that's a new one! Check out our article about how many people spell inauguration wrong and some tips for learning how to spell it right.

Photobombs! Below is a great one of Schumer. Buzzfeed has collected 'em all.

The Stats

90-minute 2009 #Inauguration Ceremony = ~82k Tweets. Last 90 min today, #inaug2013 = ~124k Tweets.

— Twitter Government (@gov) January 21, 2013

#Inaug2013 -related Tweets hit 14,062 per min as @ barackobama announced. #Inauguration peak in 2009 was 3,210 TPM, following Oath of Office.

— Twitter Government (@gov) January 21, 2013

In just two minutes, @BarackObama's tweet about being sworn in for a second term had over 1,700 retweets.

Barack Obama has been sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. #fourmoreyears

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2013

18,712 #Inauguration-related Tweets per min as @ barackobama sworn in at #Inaug2013. Oath of Office in 2009 was 3,210 TPM.

— Twitter Government (@gov) January 21, 2013