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Obama actually became president while seated, listening to music

January 20, 2009 |  2:06 pm

Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma play at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the clock strikes noon and he actually becomes the commander in chief

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

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