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A moment in time

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:04pm


Regardless of your political persuasion history is about to be made in the United States of America. An abbreviated schedule is listed below.

  • The inaugural festivities are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. EST (15:00 UTC ) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Scheduled festivities include:
  • Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein provides call to order and welcoming remarks.
  • Invocation by the Reverend Rick Warren.
  • Musical selection of Aretha Franklin
  • Joe Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
  • Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with ItzhakPerlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).
  • Obama will take the Oath of Office around noon, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts using the Inaugural Bible of President Lincoln. He is constitutionally required to be sworn in by noon.
  • Obama gives the inaugural address.
  • Poem by Elizabeth Alexander.
  • Benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery.
  • The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."
  • President Obama escorts former President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
  • The 56 th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House.



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