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Official Obama Inauguration Day schedule, January 20

Historic U.S. flags hung on the Capitol to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president

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January 20, 2009

9:55 am Eastern time  THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush welcome the President-elect and Mrs. Obama at the North Portico of The White House for the ride to the Capitol.

10:05 am  THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in Coffee with the President-elect, Mrs. Obama, the Vice President-elect, Jill Biden, and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Leadership. State Floor, The White House.                   

11:30 am THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in the Swearing-in Ceremony for the 44th President of the United States of America, United States Capitol

The Inaugural swearing-in ceremony marks the end of one presidential term and the beginning of the next. The ceremony takes place on the West Front of the United States Capitol. As per the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the term of the newly-elected President begins at noon on Jan. 20.

President-elect Obama will place his hand on the red Lincoln Bible, selected specifically for this occasion, and recite the 35-word presidential oath of office as written in the Constitution, using....

What the Obama inauguration ceremony participant look out over down the length of the National Mall See photo at bottom of this page looking back

Photo: The view from the Capitol of participants in the inauguration ceremony. See the view back from other end of the National Mall by scrolling all the way down. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

...his entire given name Barack Hussein Obama, making him the 44th President of the United States.

Where: United States Capitol, West Front

When: 11:30 AM  Who: President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden sworn in.

Public Access: This event is open to the public with tickets. Free tickets will be distributed to the public through the office of each Member of Congress, however most Members of Congress have stopped taking requests for tickets. Metro Stops: Capitol South, Union Station, Federal Center SW, Judiciary Square.

Attire: Warm, layered clothing is recommended.

National Mall Logistics for the Swearing in Ceremony
Where: The National Mall

Public Access:
No tickets required on the National Mall west of 4th Street.

Swearing In Ceremony Program Begins at 11:30 AM Eastern

Musical Selections The United States Marine Band
The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Invocation
Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens

Musical Selection John Williams, Composer/Arranger
Itzahk Perlman, Violin, Yo-Yo Ma, Cello, Gabriella Montero, Piano, Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Administered to President-elect by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address The President of the United States

Poem Elizabeth Alexander

Benediction The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem The United States Navy Band “Sea Changers”

Following the ceremony, President Obama will escort former President Bush and Mrs. Bush to a waiting car for their departure for Andrews Air Force Base and return to Texas.

Inaugural Luncheon
President Obama, Vice President Biden, and members of their families will attend an inaugural luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The luncheon is an inaugural tradition that dates back to President William McKinley’s first inauguration in 1897. Approximately 200 guests will join the dignitaries at the luncheon, which will be held in Statuary Hall.

A special painting selected by the Chairman of the Inaugural Committee will serve as a backdrop for the head table. Music will be provided by the Smithsonian Chamber Players. At the luncheon, the President and Vice President will be presented with official gifts from the Congress on behalf of the American people.

Inaugural Parade
For more than two hundred years, in times of war and peace, uncertainty and prosperity; presidents, their families, and citizens from all walks of life have marked Inauguration Day by marching up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol past the White House, "united at each and every moment in common purpose and bold determination to advance the promise of America.

It’s the route walked by Thomas Jefferson in the first inaugural parade more than two centuries ago; the route bookended by the unfinished dome of the Capitol and the still-rising Washington Monument as Abraham Lincoln took office; the route millions of Americans watched John F. Kennedy travel in the new-fallen snow after he asked them to think anew with regard to serving their fellow man.

This year’s parade features more than 90 groups and 13,000 participants, floats, and vehicles. These talented groups and organizations represent the best values and traditions of our great nation—service to others, commitment to community, and faith in a brighter future. They embody the theme of this year’s Inauguration—“Renewing America’s Promise.”

The Parade begins at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and continues along Pennsylvania Avenue until its conclusion at 17th Street. The president, vice president, and their families will view the parade from the presidential reviewing stand in front of the White House, on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue. Along the route, there is a combination of public viewing and ticketed viewing. Tickets were made available to the general public and sold by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Where: Parade Staging Area: The Pentagon North Parking Lot Parade Assembly Area: The Ellipse and Constitution Avenue from 15th Street to 7th Street

Parade Route: Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

When: Tuesday, January 20 Parade Staging Area: 7:30 AM–2:30 PM , Parade Assembly Area: 10:30 AM–4:30 PM Parade Route: 2:30–5:30 PM

Who: President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Jill Biden, joint civilian and military participants, horse units, marching bands, drill teams, and floats

The presidential reviewing stand in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue Exclusive photo for The Ticket by Michelle Maltais

2009 Presidential Escort
Metropolitan police escort
Chief, Metropolitan police: Cathy Lanier
Presidential Inaugural Committee Co-Chairs: William Daley, Penny Pritzker, John Rogers, Patrick Ryan and Julianna Smoot
Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director:

Emmett Beliveau
Armed Forces Inaugural Committee Component: Major General Richard J. Rowe, U.S. Army (Commander of Troops); Rear Admiral J. Scott Burhoe, U.S. Coast Guard; Major General Ralph J. Jodice II, U.S. Air Force; Major General William J. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps; Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay, U.S. Navy
Joint Military Staff;

Commander of Troops: Colonel Joseph Buche,
a. Captain Thomas Hanifen (Army)
b. Captain Patrick Lavoie (Marine Corps) c. L ieutenant Scott Bullock (Navy) d. L ieutenant Colonel Anthony Taylor (Air Force) e. L ieutenant David Block (Coast Guard) Army Band
Army Platoon: Captain Charles Jackson, Third Infantry, Company E (The Old Guard)
Marine Corps Platoon; Captain Kendrick Gaines, Alpha Company, Marine Barracks
Navy Platoon; Lieutenant Adam Krumbholz, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, Air Force Flight; Major Tyson Willis, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Ceremonial Flight Coast Guard Platoon; Lieutenant Junior General Kristin Bagby, U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard
Fife and Drum Corps;

Master Sergeant Russell Smith, Third Infantry (The Old Guard), Commander In Chief’s Guard; Captain Gregory Escobar, Third Infantry (The Old Guard) U.S. Capitol Police Escort
Chief, U.S. Capitol Police: Phillip Morse Metropolitan DC Police/U.S. Park Police/U.S. Secret Service Police Escort

Press Pool

President and Mrs. Obama

Vice President and DR. Biden

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
a. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman, b. Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, c. Senator Bob Bennett, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, d. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House e. Representative Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader
f. Representative John Boehner, House Minority Leader United States Supreme Court
Mayor of the District of Columbia U.S. Park Police Escort Acting Chief, U.S. Park Police: Dwight E. Pettiford.

Official Inaugural Balls
On Tuesday evening, America will join President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at a collection of inaugural balls. The evening’s festivities will feature talented Americans from across the country, including some of today’s most popular artists.

This year, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has organized 10 inaugural balls. In keeping with his commitment to make this inaugural celebration open and accessible to all Americans, President Obama will host the “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” during this year’s inaugural celebration. With tickets available free or at a low-dollar amount, it is the first inaugural ball of its kind to be held during a presidential inauguration and features a robust internet-based component to link neighborhoods across the country with the new President at this premier event. He will also continue the tradition started in 2005 by former President George W. Bush to host a Commander-in-Chief’s Ball exclusively for the men and women of our military.

Rounding out the balls on the evening of Jan. 20 will be a Youth Ball, a low-dollar event for young people to share in the celebration, and a group of regional balls for guests from around the country. The balls will take place at five locations across Washington DC: Union Station, the National Building Museum, the DC Armory, the Hilton Washington Hotel, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center which will host six balls.

Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, Americans from across the country

Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, Men and women of our Armed Forces.

Youth Ball,

President Obama Home States Ball, Hawaii, Illinois

Vice President Biden Home States Ball, Delaware, Pennsylvania

Eastern Ball Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, United States Virgin Islands, Vermont.

Mid-Atlantic Ball . Democrats Abroad, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia.

Midwestern Ball Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

Southern Ball. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.

Western Ball Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball The first-ever “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.” The ball will be the premier event of inauguration evening on January 20 and will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

With tickets available free or at an affordable price, the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball is the first of its kind to be held during a presidential inauguration. Some tickets will be set aside for District of Columbia residents, while other tickets will be reserved for Americans traveling to Washington from across the country. The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball will have a robust interactive component, including webcasting and text messaging, to link neighborhoods across the country with the new President and this premier event.

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 5:00 PM Program Begins – 7:00 PM

Who: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Jill Biden

Performances: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira and Stevie Wonder to perform, Nick Cannon to DJ.

Public Access: Tickets are required.

Attire: Black tie

The Commander-in-Chief's Ball. Continuing the tradition started in 2005 by President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama will host the Commander-in-Chief’s inaugural ball to honor the country’s active duty and reserve military. Additional invited guests include wounded warriors (Purple Heart recipients), families of fallen heroes, and spouses of deployed military. Tickets to the ball, which will be held at the National Building Museum, have been provided free of charge to all invited guests. This event is not open to the general public.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 5:30 PM , Program Begins – 7:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens.

Performances: Jon Bon Jovi will headline the talent lineup for the ball, which will be held on Tuesday, January 20th, at the National Building Museum. George Lopez will emcee the event, which also feature performances and appearances by Jordin Sparks, Miss America 2009 Kirsten Haglund, and Right On. The event is also co-hosted by the Senior Enlisted Advisors of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Metro Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Green/Yellow Line, NOTE: Judiciary Metro stop will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required. Attire: Black tie

The Youth Ball. The Youth ball is intended for young Americans aged 18–35 and will celebrate the inauguration of the new president and the role young Americans can play to serve their communities. Tickets for this event were made available through the PIC for a reduced price of $75 .

Where: Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009

When: Doors Open – 7:00 PM Program Begins – 9:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens.

Performances: TBA

Metro Access: Dupont Circle Metro, Red Line. North exit is suggested.
There will be shuttles from the Metro to the hotel.

Barack Obama inaugural parade route seats waiting for celebrants' bottoms today Exclusive photos for The Ticket by Michelle Maltais

Public Access: Tickets are required. Attire: Black tie

President Obama Home States Ball. On Tuesday night there will be two Home States Balls, celebrating President Obama’s home states of Hawaii and Illinois, and Vice President Biden’s home states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Tickets are required for the Home States Balls. Tickets are $150 and were distributed by the PIC.States affiliated: Hawaii & Illinois

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW,
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 5:00 PM , Program Begins – 7:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens

Performances: Common, Jack Johnson and Don Cagen Orchestra

Washington, DC 20001

Metro Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Green/Yellow Line Metro Center, Orange/Blue and Red Lines.
NOTE: Mt. Vernon Square / Convention Center Metro will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required. Attire: Black tie

Vice President Biden Home States Ball. States affiliated: Delaware & Pennsylvania

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ballrooms A,B,C 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 6:00 PM Program Begins – 8:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens.

Performances: Maroon 5 and James Gerard Orchestra

Metro Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Green/Yellow Lines
Metro Center, Orange/Blue and Red Lines, NOTE: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro stop will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required. Attire: Black tie

The Eastern Ball. Along with the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, the Neighborhood Ball, the Youth Ball, and the Home State Balls, there will be five regional balls: the Western Ball, the Midwestern Ball, the Eastern Ball, the Mid-Atlantic Ball, and the Southern Ball. These balls celebrate each state’s contribution to our great union, and allow Americans from across the country to join together on this historic night.

A ticket is required to attend a regional ball. Tickets are $150 and were distributed by the PIC. States affiliated: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, United States Virgin Islands, Vermont

Where: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

When: Doors Open – 8:00 PM, Event Begins – 10:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens

Performances:
James Taylor and Liquid Pleasure with Kenny Mann

Metro Access: Union Station, Red Line

Public Access: Tickets are required.  Attire:  Black tie

The Mid-Atlantic Ball. States affiliated: Democrats Abroad, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 6:00 PM, Program Begins – 8:00 PM

Who: GThe Obamas and Bidens

Performances: The Dead and DJ Cassidy.

Metro Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Green/Yellow Line, Metro Center, Orange/Blue and Red Lines
NOTE: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro stop will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required.  Attire: Black tie

The Midwestern Ball. States affiliated: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall C, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 6:00 PM, Program Begins – 8:00 PM

Who: The Obamas and Bidens.

Performances: Sheryl Crow and Fabulous Motown Revue

Metro Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown / Metro Center, NOTE: Mt. Vernon Square/ 7th Street/ Convention Center Metro stop will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required.  Attire: Black tie

The Southern Ball. States affiliated: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Where: DC Armory, 2001 E Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

When:mDoors Open – 6:00 PM, Program Begins – 7:00 PM

Who: Obamas and Bidens

Performances: The Derek Trucks Band with Susan Tedeschi and Wil Gravatt Band.

Metro Access: Stadium-Armory, Blue/Orange Line.

Public Access: Tickets are required.  Attire: Black tie

The Western Ball. States affiliated: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall B, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: Doors Open – 6:00 PM, Program Begins – 8:00 PM.

Who: Obamas and Bidens

Performances: Marc Anthony and Party on the Moon

Public Access: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Green/Yellow Line, Metro Center, Orange/Blue and Red Lines
NOTE: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center Metro stop will be closed.

Public Access: Tickets are required.  Attire: Black tie    ###

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Photo: The opposite end of the National Mall looking back at the Capitol. Credit for lower three photos: Michelle Maltais / Los Angeles Times

 
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My name is Daisy Brown and I'd like to congratulate my uncle Major General Willie J. Williams for his participation in President Obama's Inauguration, history was made.


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