Before his second oath of office and all the dancing at balls over inauguration weekend - President Obama paused to serve.
The Obama and Biden families joined others across the D.C. area and around the nation by participating in a "Day of Service," a national call to volunteer in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Obamas helped stain a bookshelf as part of a school beautification project makeover at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast DC this morning.
"This is really what America is about, this is what we celebrate," President Obama said at the local elementary school, "inauguration is a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power, but it also should be an acclamation that we're in this together looking out for each other."
Four years ago the Obamas started the Day of Service to officially kick off the inauguration festivities and in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The tradition continues this weekend and marks the official kickoff of Obama's second inaugural weekend.
Vice President Joe Biden and his family spent the day in Southeast DC at the DC Armory, filling care packages for deployed troops.
At the national mall today the Presidential Inaugural Committee hosted a "service summit," with performers, celebrities like Eva Longoria and Chelsea Clinton and opportunities to volunteer.
More than one hundred organizations signed people up to pledge volunteer service house. And if eager to start serving people didn't even have to wait to serve and could participate in "micro-service" projects offered on-site, right there on the spot.
"Giving back to the community is important, it's important for Americans," Marlon Marshall, Senior Advisor to the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today, "And hopefully we can use this day as a launching stone."
Virginia resident Kelly Hamilton came into the district today to attend the summit and find out about new volunteering opportunities.
"It's inspiring to see all these people out here, there's a lot of people and everyone's here to give back so it's great," Hamilton said, "I think it's really important to give back and there's tons of organizations here today so I thought it was a good idea to see what everyone's doing."