15 January 2009

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of Barack Obama

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

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