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January 21st, 2013
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Nick Cannon on the inauguration: 'I don’t think there is a better way to celebrate' Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“America's Got Talent” host Nick Cannon helped kick the party off this weekend in Washington, D.C. with the Kids’ Inaugural Ball on Saturday alongside pop stars Katy Perry, Usher and the cast of “Glee.” The concert was for the children of military families and schools in the area. It stood in contrast to the lengthy speeches and ceremony of the rest of the weekend. This morning Cannon joins Soledad O’Brien in Washington to discuss the inauguration festivities.

Cannon says the inauguration weekend has “been outstanding.”

"One of the most exciting things for me was to be able to host the inaugural ball for the youth as well as the military families," Cannon says. On being called by First Lady Michelle Obama, Cannon adds, “anytime she calls I’m going to say yes.”

On the topic of the inaugural address, Cannon says hopefully President Obama’s second term is an “opportunity for us to fulfill a lot of those promises that came across the first time.” He adds, “I expected to hear a lot of the same things we heard the first time around but this time we’re in progress to making those things happen.”

As hundreds of thousands gather on the National Mall to witness the public inauguration of President Obama, many are also celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. During the ceremony the president is expected to use a bible once owned by Martin Luther King Jr. as well as a bible that belonged to President Abraham Lincoln.

“I don’t think there is a better way to celebrate” Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cannon says. “A lot of people have been saying this is a dream fulfilled but I feel its recognizing a dream in progress and be able to have Dr. King’s presence through his bible and for the president to actually continue his mission is one of those things where you just feel like it’s the right place at the right time.”

Filed under: Inauguration • Politics
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  1. Lady5423

    Please, can't our First Lady dress like a grown up even on this important day? What is wrong with a nice suit or at least a nice blazer. Anything but those little girl (think JCrew) sweaters!

    January 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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