Obama actually became president while seated, listening to music
As our colleagues over at Culture Monster point out, the 20th Amendment states that a new president takes office at the stroke of noon on Jan. 20.
The ceremony to inaugurate Barack Obama was running a few minutes late. So the stroke of noon came while Obama and the world was watching classical music by Yo-Yo Ma and others played for the massive crowd.
Mark Swed has the full story here.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photo: From left, foreground: Violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and clarinetist Anthony McGill Credit: Justin Lane / European Pressphoto Agency