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Official schedule for Barack H. Obama's inauguration ceremony

December 17, 2008 |  6:22 pm

This is about as good as it gets for people who actually are silly enough to try to attend a presidential inauguration on Capitol Hill

(UPDATE: The morning schedule for the Jan. 20 inauguration has been released and is published below.)

The Official Inauguration Coverage Committee of The Top of the Ticket cordially invites you and one guest to print this item out and put it by your TV for the morning of Jan. 20, when way too many try to get to Capitol Hill to witness the official swearing-in of the 44th president of the United States.

For people who try to attend the ceremony, if they are very early and very lucky, the above photo is about as good as what they're going to see.

You, on the other cheek, will be all comfy in your front-row chair and, with this Ticket item in hand, able to predict with pinpoint accuracy what's coming next on the televised program and when you can program in bathroom breaks.

This is the official order just announced this afternoon by a bunch of very important Congress people we're going to leave out.

The order of the program will be as follows:

Musical selections, the United States Marine Band

Musical selections, the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to order and welcoming remarks, the Honorable Dianne Feinstein (which explains the aforementioned San Francisco choirs)

Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif.

Musical selection, Aretha Franklin

Oath of office administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
by associate justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens

Musical selection, John Williams, composer/arranger
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Gabriela Montero, piano; Anthony McGill, clarinet

Oath of office administered to President-elect Barack Hussein Obama
by the chief justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts Jr.

Inaugural address: the president of the United States, the Honorable Barack Hussein Obama

Poem: Elizabeth Alexander

Benediction: The Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The national anthem, the United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters.”

For a historical perspective, here's what Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural looked like. When this photo was taken on March 4, 1865, the 16th president had less than six weeks to live.  He's the tall, hatless fellow almost exactly in the center holding his speech.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Official Schedule for the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, Jan. 20, 2009:

The ceremony will commence at 7 a.m. Pacific 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).

•    President-elect Barack Hussein 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”

After President 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. 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.

Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official Inaugural Balls.  More details about those affairs will be released at a later date.   ###