Obama to officially sign Cabinet nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate after he takes the oath of office.

In a traditional inauguration signing ceremony in the U.S. Capitol, Obama will affirm the nominations of John Brennan to be director of the CIA, former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state and Jack Lew for Treasury secretary.

The White House says Obama will also sign a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration. The proclamation is entitled "National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013."

President Ronald Reagan established the tradition of visiting the Capitol's President's Room after taking the oath to sign documents and pose for photographs.