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'Renewing America's Promise'

The official theme of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration will be “Renewing America’s Promise,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today.

“At this moment of great challenge and great change, renewing the promise of America begins with renewing the idea that in America, we rise or fall as one nation and one people,” Obama said in a statement. “That sense of unity and shared purpose is what this Inauguration will reflect.”

Renewing America's Promise was also the theme of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, when the platform speakers talked about economic issues. (Hillary Clinton and Mark Warner were among the speakers.)

They're off to an auspicious start in the renewal effort. The stock market was up in morning trading.

The committee, known as the PIC, also offered a bare-bones schedule of events, starting on Sunday, Jan. 18 with a welcome ceremony that will be open to the public. No word on where -- or what -- that will be. A concert?

Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will honor the civil rights legend and will be a national day of service. Tuesday, of course, is the Big Day with the swearing-in, a luncheon, the parade and inaugural balls.

Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will end their days of festivities with a prayer service on Wednesday. Officials at the Washington National Cathedral already revealed that the cathedral will serve as the location for the service.

What do you think of 'Renewing America's Promise' as the theme? What would you suggest? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  December 10, 2008; 11:24 AM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee
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