Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration schedule

Just in case anyone is wondering...here is the tentative schedule for today. Of course all these times are approximate. There can be no absolutes with people involved....lol

Tuesday, Jan. 20 -- Inauguration Day:

The president-elect and vice president-elect will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. EST on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:
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)

At approximately 12 p.m. EST, 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.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. EST, Obama will deliver his Inaugural Address.

Poem: Elizabeth Alexander

Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. More Details

Starting at about 2 p.m. EST, the 56th inaugural parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.

In the evening, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official Inaugural Balls, including:

Youth Inaugural Ball – Young Americans aged 18-35; Washington Hilton

Obama Home States Inaugural Ball – Illinois and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Biden Home States Inaugural Ball –Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Eastern Inaugural Ball - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests; Union Station

Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball - MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, WV, Dems Abroad, and invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Midwest Inaugural Ball - KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Southern Inaugural Ball - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory

Western Inaugural Ball - AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Neighborhood Inaugural Ball – DC residents, additional guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball – Enlisted active duty and reserve military; National Building Museum

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