Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration 2009

Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States today during the Inauguration Ceremony that begins at 9am EST. Watch the inauguration and speech here:

Inauguration Schedule:
  • National Mall to open for citizens wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony
  • Swearing in ceremony and celebrations to start at 10 AM ET on the West front of the US Capitol building
  • Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
  • Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
  • Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
  • Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
  • Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
  • President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • Inaugural Address
  • Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
  • The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”
  • President Obama to escort outgoing President George W. Bush in a departure ceremony
  • Luncheon for the new president at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall
  • 56th Inaugural Parade from the Capitol to the White House
  • Presidential Inaugural Committee to host ten official inaugural balls

He will be sworn in using the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln. What passage will he chose to be sworn in on? Read the history of previous presidents' picks here.

Photo by Michaela McNichol/Library of Congress

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