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Construction begins on 2013 presidential inauguration platform
(L-R) Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi swing their hammers during theChip Somodevilla / Getty Images
By Lean Forward
Construction began Thursday to build the platform where the next U.S. president will be sworn in to office January 21, 2013, in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.