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President Elect, Barack Obama’s Inauguration Week Schedule of Events

Below are the major events for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. They extend from Saturday, Jan. 17, to the day after Inauguration Day, Wednesday, Jan. 21.

CBS News has unveiled its plans for multiplatform coverage of the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, led by live broadcasts and Web streams anchored by Katie Couric.
Ms. Couric will anchor broadcast coverage for CBS throughout the day on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Coverage will include news, analysis and reactions from various events throughout the day.

Ms. Couric also will anchor a live primetime special, “Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” from 9 to 10 p.m.

CBS News’ coverage of the event will begin Jan. 18 with a special edition of “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer.

Ms. Couric will anchor “CBS Evening News” live from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19 and 20. “The Early Show” also will broadcast live from Washington Jan. 19-21.

Select coverage will be available on CBSNews.com and CNET.com, in addition to a special live Webcast with Ms. Couric and other guests on Jan. 20 at 10 p.m., immediately following the “Change and Challenge” broadcast. The Web special also will be available on-demand to various CBS sites, including CBSNews.com, CnetTV.com and CBS Mobile News, in addition to CBS Radio News affiliates.

Saturday, 1.17.09

Event: Travel To Washington
The inaugural celebration will begin with a train ride from Philadelphia, the city where democracy was born, to Washington, where the ceremony will be held.
∙ Rally in Philadelphia before the train leaves
∙ Stop in Wilmington, Del., to pick up Joe Biden and his family
∙ Rally in Baltimore
∙ Arrival in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, 1.18.09

Event: Welcome to Washington
Mr. Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The event will be free and open to the public.

Monday, 1.19.09

Event: Martin Luther King Day Celebration
To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the president-elect and vice president-elect and their families, joined by Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C., area.

Event: Youth Concert

An evening Youth Concert will take place at the Verizon Center. The concert is free, but tickets are required.

Inauguration Day

As set by the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, on January 20, 2009 at 12:00 Noon Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the united states.
If you are fortunate enough to visit Washington for the big event or even if you can only watch it on TV, following is the schedule of events.

8:00 AM – Gates open for ticketed attendees — if you have tickets, it will be wise to arrive very early as crowds will be huge and security heavy.

10:00 AM – Preliminary festivities begin, including music by The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

11:30 AM – If you have tickets to event, you must have passed through security by this time.

The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events.

∙ 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

∙ 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)

∙ 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”

12:00 Noon – Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

12:05 PM (approx) – President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, speaking to the nation and world, for the first time, as President of the United States, followed by:

∙ Poem: Elizabeth Alexander

∙ Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

Afternoon (TBD) – Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. The start time has not yet been announced.

Evening – There are many inaugural balls held around Washington, DC. Some will be hosted by President Obama, others are just parties.

Inaugural Balls Hosted by President Obama ( The Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official Inaugural Balls throughout Washington)

∙ Youth Inaugural Ball – Young Americans aged 18-35

∙ Obama Home States Inaugural Ball – Illinois and Hawaii invited guests

∙ Biden Home States Inaugural Ball – Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests

∙ Eastern Inaugural Ball – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests

∙ Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball – MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, and WV invited guests

∙ Midwest Inaugural Ball – KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests

∙ Southern Inaugural Ball – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests

∙ Western Inaugural Ball – AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests

∙ Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, hosted by President Obama (New 1/5)

Washington Convention Center. Low Cost and open to public.
∙ Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, hosted by President
Obama (New 1/1)

For men and women in uniform only.

Wednesday, 1.21.09

∙ Event: Prayer Service
The newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will participate in a prayer service.


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