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Full Schedule for Inaugural Ceremony Announced

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today the schedule for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20. The ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours. Obama must be sworn in by noon. The schedule is as follows (read more about inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander here and the complete biographies of all participants here):

Musical Selections
The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections
The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection
Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
The Honorable 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 H. Obama
By the Chief Justice of the United States
The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address
The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama

Elizabeth Alexander

The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem
The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

By David A Nakamura  |  December 17, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  | Category:  Swearing-in Ceremony
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T ...

Posted by: szwheelock | December 17, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Culture has returned to Washington.
It's been a long time coming.
One thing the far-right, Bible-thumping, neo-cons, with their war-mongering, have been anything but ...
Their crude, coarse behavior, their mania for their agenda have degraded public discourse thoroughly.
And been repudiated.
At last.
Culture has again returned to Washington.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | December 17, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who says culture has returned to Washington obviously hasn't witnessed the Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery preach.

Posted by: shoveit | December 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Say Judy-TX, tell me again about crude and course behavior as it applies to Jeremiah Wright. Oh, and the "public discourse" thing too. And as for the "war-mongering," please be advised that the Obama Administration intends to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan. Of course, our military should be in Texas guarding the border, something Texans seem unable to do.

Posted by: CubsFan | December 17, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Invocation by Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Wow...Obama is already kissing the Relgious Rights butt!

Corey Mondello
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted by: cpmondello | December 17, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Rick Warren from the Saddleback Church is a major homophobe! The choice of Warren to give the invocation is a gross insult to all the LGBT people who worked our butts off to help gey Obama elected. And the first thing he does on inauguration day is kick us in the teeth!

Posted by: paulysj | December 17, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This ceremony needs to be held indoors, and closed. If they cancel now, instead of bowing to the wishes of business, people don't have to be injured, and indeed, there will be deaths. But given that the government risk rule is 1 in 1 million; if 3 million show up and only 3 people die, then it's all good. But maybe, just maybe, the traffic will be so bad to the visitors that... they'll feel like normal DC commuters... who, ironically, will be sleeping in that morning.
"We spent three hours in traffic! The horror!"
"Welcome to DC."
"It took 3 hours to get back to the hotel!"
"Sounds like Tyson's Corner?"

Posted by: NovaMike | December 18, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked and deeply saddened by President Elect Obama's choice in ministers. It is truly a giant step backwards. I believe in working across the aisle, meeting in the middle, but when you deal with people's rights to equality and choice - I'm not going to budget. Obama is really letting us all down! I can't imagine his reasoning.

Posted by: midwestmama1 | December 18, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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