Barack Obama will be sworn in as president just days before the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and his inauguration theme will reflect the timing: "A New Birth Of Freedom," a phrase from the Gettysburg Address. It will take place 20 January , 2009 beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST and 8:30 Am Pacific time.
Obama's inauguration expenses are likely to be to the tune of over $150 million, overshadowing the $42.3 million spent on George Bush's inauguration in 2005 and $33 million on Bill Clinton's in 1993, media report said.
Interest in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is running so high that one ticket broker is asking $20,095 for a single ticket.
Here's the order of the program:
Musical selection: The US Marine Band
Musical selection: The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
Call to order and welcoming remarks: Dianne Feinstein
Invocation: Dr Rick Warren of Saddleback Church
Musical selection: Aretha Franklin
Oath of office administered to Vice President-elect Joe Biden by supreme court justice John Paul Stevens
Musical selection: John Williams, composer-arranger; Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Gabriela Montero, piano; Anthony McGill, clarinet
Oath of office administered to President-elect Barack Obama by John G Roberts, chief justice of the supreme court
Inaugural address by Obama
Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
Benediction: The Reverend Dr Joseph E Lowery
The national anthem: The Navy Band Sea Chanters