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Final Inaugural Events
The New York Times has an outstanding slideshow depicting the President's first day in office.
The Obamas attend one more inaugural party, this one for campaign & transition staffers. Pool report here.
President Obama takes the oath of office!! -- Again. Really. Washington Post story here. Here's the audio:
Washington Post, Jan. 25: D.C.police admit to mistakes in crowd management that caused many ticket-holders to miss the swearing-in.
Photographer David Bergman has created an amazing zoomable panorama (a Gigapan) of the inauguration crowd. You can zoom in close enough to ID people.
The Washington Post has a fabulous inter-active photomosaic of Barack Obama taking the oath of office with Michelle Obama holding the Lincoln Bible. Play with it. You'll like it. This is a work of art made by a thousand artists -- and one genius who figured out how to compile it. Below is the photo ONLY. Go to the site.
Don't miss Time's excellent behind-the-scenes photo essay.
Washington Post: inaugural headcount -- 1.8 million!!
Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe captures some small moments that illuminated a grand day.
Peter Baker of the New York Times: "a nation in crisis embraces the moment."
Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times on Barack Obama's inaugural day.
Washington Post: diverse Americans come from across the country to witness history. AND, security measures were such a success that with well over a million people in downtown D.C., there were no arrests.
But Ben Smith reports on some apologies for the "Purple Tunnel of Doom" & other snafus.
The Los Angeles Times has a slideshow of the stars at the inaugural balls for folks who like to see pictures of stars standing up wearing nice clothes.
USA Today on the parties & balls. New York Times on the balls. Only one couple mattered. The Caucus is liveblogging the balls. But the A-ticket wasn't a ball at all -- it was billionaire Eli Broad's dinner for top Obama Administration officials. What they were saying at the Gay Ball.
Obamas attend the Youth Ball. The President says "young people getting involved" is the reason he was elected & "young people everywhere are in the process of imagining something different than what has come before." The Caucus: the President gets a rock star welcome.
The Obamas at the Commander-in-Chief Ball. The President speaks, salutes military, military families; mention of Shinseki gets an enthusiastic shout-out. "The time has arrived when we demand not only more or our leaders, but more of ourselves." Talks via satellite with Chicago soldiers (or Marines) in Kabul. Obamas dance, then dance with military members at the ball.
The Obamas arrive at the Home States Ball -- Hawai & Illinois. The President speaks about unity "to create the kind of world we want to create to pass on to our grandchildren."
Joe Biden speaks at the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball. Ball is broadcast live to servicepeople overseas.
The Obamas at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. "This ball captures best the spirit of this campaign." First Lady is wearing dress designed by Jason Wu.
Bidens, now Obamas make their way to reviewing stand. The Obamas walk across lawn of their new place, President holds Sasha's hand, First Lady holds Malia's. Barack & Michelle Obama shake hands with muckymucks, friends & their children in the reviewing stand.
The Obamas go back to the White House.
Highlights of Inauguration Day from MSNBC:
The Bidens also are walking the route.
The Obamas have emerged again from the belly of the Beast.
Chuck Todd reports Robert Gibbs held his first press conference; talked about Senate confirmations.
The Obamas get back in the car.
Barack & Michelle Obama get out of the car in front of the Navy Memorial. They are walking up Pennsylvania Avenue. Temperature is about 25 degrees; windchill in the teens.
The Huffington Post has a good slideshow of Barack & Michelle Obama's day here.
Motorcade takes Obamas & Bidens to the parade.
President Barack Obama reviews the troops. His wife & the Bidens accompany him on the East Steps of the Capitol.
Barack Obama pays tribute to Ted Kennedy in his brief remarks. Video of Obama's remarks included in Politico story linked directly below.
Ted Kennedy suffers a "medical emergency" at the luncheon. Taken out on stretcher, having convulsions. Also Senator Byrd is taken ill. Kennedy's health situation sounds grave. Politico story here. At the Congressional Luncheon, President Obama speaks about his concern for Kennedy:
Update: statement from hospital that Kennedy is alert & being evaluated. Sen. Byrd not ill.
Luncheon wraps up and Congress gives flags, photographs, crystal bowls to the Obamas and Bidens; Reid offers toast to new President & Vice President.
Congressional honchos are seated for lunch in the Capitol Building's Statuary Hall. The Bidens, then the Obamas arrive.
Obama's aides go to work at the White House.
Barack Obama bids farewell to George W. Bush on the East steps of the Capitol.
U.S. Navy chorus signs National Anthem.
Dr. Joseph Lowery delivers benediction. USA Today on the benediction.
Elizabeth Alexander delivers her poem.
President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address. Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address. The video is of the swearing-in & of President Obama's full inaugural address:
The New York Times has a terrific interactive graphic of the inaugural address that includes both video & transcript of the speech.
Feinstein introduces John Roberts. Barack Hussein Obama takes oath of office -- Roberts screws it up. Michelle holds Lincoln Inaugural Bible. Band plays "Hail to the Chief" for Barack Obama & the crowd is wild. Me too. Washington Post story, updated; links to video. New York Times story.
The Caucus on the oath flub(s).
Quartet performs John Williams composition/ arrangement. Perlman, Ma, Montera, McGill. Ma looks as if he's having a fabulous time!
Aretha Franklin sings a gospel version of "My Country 'Tis of Three" wearing a funny hat.
Rick Warren gives the invocation. The CW turns the sound off. He's running on for quite awhile. And on. And on.
Dianne Feinstein speaks. "This was the moment when the dream...reached the walls of the White House."
Barack Obama arrives with Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, other Democratic leaders. Is announced as "Barack H. Obama." Huge roar from the crowd.
Joe Biden, Democratic Congressional leaders are announced, arrive on stand.
Dick Cheney arrives in a wheelchair.
George W. Bush arrives with John Boehner. Booing in the crowd.
Michelle Obama & Jill Biden arrive.
Malia & Sasha Obama, followed by Mrs. Robinson, are seated, followed by Mrs. Cheney & Mrs. G.W. Bush. The Huffington Post has a good slideshow of the girls (Malia & Sasha, not Lynne & Laura) here. Time has an even better one.
The Obamas' moving vans arrive at the White House.
Two million fill the mall. Washington Post story here.
Dignitaries are announced for the swearing-in. Former Veeps & their wives are seated. President Bill & Senator Hillary Clinton both look somber. The Bushes, Sr. & Clintons chat. The Carters are announced & seated. The Bushes Sr. are announced & seated. The Clintons are announced, get a huge ovation.
Presidential motorcade heads up Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol. Barack Obama & George Bush share a ride.
The Bushes greet the Obamas in the White House portico. Michelle Obama brings Laura Bush a present. They have coffee in the Blue Room. The gift from Mrs. Obama is a leather-bound journal, & a pen with today's date.
The Bidens enter the White House.
The Obamas leave the church and head for the White House to have coffee with the Bushes.
The New York Times Caucus is liveblogging the inauguration.
Bush leaves a note in the Oval Office for Obama. A reasonable facsimile from Funny or Die:
General News and Trivia:
The Washington Post's interactive party map. This is a decidedly cool graphic.
Los Angeles Times: the parade to the White House on Pennsylvania Aveue, a stretch of road steeped in history.
The Los Angeles Times has a very good slideshow on the preparations for the inauguration.
ABC News: the inauguration tab is now tagged at $170 million.
New York Times: preparing for the inauguration -- slideshow.
The Washington Post on inaugural donations.
NBC has great photos of past First Ladies' inaugural gowns.
The President & First Lady welcome "ordinary people" to the White House. The Bidens invited D.C. school children to their official home.
The Obamas and Bidens attend a post-inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral at 8:30 10:00 8:30 am, broadcast to begin at 10:00 am ET. The Rev. Sharon Watkins will be the first woman to lead this service, which has a tradition dating back to George Washington.
Not to be missed: life imitates art -- the intro to the new season of "The West Wing":
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