Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Power Of Our Democracy

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
-Martin Luther King Jr

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Inauguration Day!

And I am going to enjoy every minute of it:

9:00 AM VIPs begin arriving
9:45 AM Platform seating begins
11:03 AM Former Presidents announced and seated
11:12 AM Biden family announced and seated
11:14 AM Obama family announced and seated
11:16 AM Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Cheney announced and seated
11:18 AM Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden announced and seated
11:20 AM President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney announced and seated
11:22 AM Vice President-elect Joe Biden announced and seated
11:25 AM President-elect Barack Obama is announced and seated
11:30 AM Senator Feinstein delivers opening remarks
11:34 AM Senator Feinstein introduces Pastor Rick Warren
11:35 AM Invocation by Pastor Rick Warren
11:37 AM Senator Feinstein introduces Aretha Franklin
11:38 AM Aretha Franklin – ―My Country Tis of Thee
11:42 AM Senator Feinstein introduces Senator Bennett
11:44 AM Senator Bennett introduces Associate Justice Stevens
11:46 AM Vice Presidential Oath administered by Associate Justice Stevens
11:47 AM Senator Feinstein introduces performers
11:48 AM Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, Itzhak Perlman – ―Air and Simple Gifts‖ composed by John Williams
11:53 AM Senator Feinstein introduces Chief Justice Roberts
11:54 AM Chief Justice and President-elect Barack Obama move to podium
11:56 AM The Presidential oath is administered.
11:57 AM Herald Trumpets perform 4 ―Ruffles and Flourishes and the U.S. Marine Corp Band plays ―Hail to the Chief.‖ Twenty one gun salute.
11:58 AM Senator Feinstein introduces the President
12:01 PM Inaugural address
12:21 PM Senator Feinstein introduces poet Elizabeth Alexander
12:27 PM Benediction given by Reverend Joseph Lowery
12:31 PM Presidential party departs from platform
12:32 PM Departure ceremony
12:36 PM President and Mrs. Bush depart from the East plaza in helicopter
12:52 PM President’s Room signing ceremony
1:05 PM Statuary Hall luncheon
2:32 PM Review of the troops
2:36 PM President and Mrs. Obama, and Vice President and Dr. Biden leaves with parade
(All times Eastern Time Zone)

Everything you wanted to know about today's events and more can be found here.

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