The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008



Specific times of events noted below are in! Obama attends the White House 'open' house at 2:30 p.m., meets with his economic advisors at 3:15 p.m. and meets with the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Iraq military commanders at 4:15 p.m.

Morning Service

President Barack Obama's first full day in office starts with a worship service at Washington's National Cathedral. Obama will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden, dignitaries and Americans of different faiths in prayer, readings, and musical performances.

The invitation-only service starts at 10 a.m. ET and Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins will deliver the sermon, making her the first woman to play this role during inauguration week.

An Open (White) House

Following the service, Obama offers a tour of the White House to the public. Don't run to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. though, as this is a ticketed event.

Policy Plans

As for policy discussions, meetings about the economy and Iraq are at the top of Obama's agenda today. He will sit down with his economic advisers to discuss a stimulus package and then meets with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the state of U.S. troops in Iraq.

--Sarah Lovenheim

Posted at 6:45 AM ET on Jan 21, 2009
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I wonder if anyone from the WaPo will ever ask this White House tough questions?

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 5:26 PM

Worst Dow Jones drop ever on an Inauguration Day.

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 10:35 AM

Obama is not POTUS.

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 9:12 AM

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