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Transcript of Inaugural Poem

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Yale University, wrote the inaugural poem for Barack Obama. Below is a transcription of her poem, provided by CQ Transcriptwire: (CORRECTED COPY) JANUARY 20, 2009 Praise song for the day. Each day we go about...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Transcript of Obama's Remarks

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd following his swearing-in.(Bloomberg). If you were on the Mall and couldn't hear President Obama's 20-minute-long speech over the crowd, or if you just didn't catch all of it from your vantage point, you...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

For U.S. Senator, Inaugurations Recall Past, Inspire Future

As an eight-year-old, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) attended the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961 with his father. He has attended every inauguration since. In this washingtonpost.com video by Rebecca Davis, he reminisces about inaugurations past while...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Opens White House Wednesday; Sign Up Now!

President-elect Barack Obama is opening the White House doors Wednesday to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Presidential Inaugural Committee sent out an e-mail today saying "If you are among the first to sign up today, you and...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 16, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (10)

Print 'N' Save: Inaugural Media Guide

Follow all the action next week, with bios of the key players, detailed schedules, historical information and more in the official 121-page Inaugural Media Guide produced by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

At First Lunch, the Wrong Cake?

The menu planned for President Obama's first lunch as "The Chief" certainly looks sumptuous, as it features: ... a first course of seafood stew (with sauvignon blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards), a second course of pheasant and duck with sour cherry...

By Washington Post Editors | January 15, 2009; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Lesson Plans Available for Teachers

Are you a teacher and want to take advantage of the inauguration to help inform students of history? Then check out the lesson plans developed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers. The lessons...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

InauguralFest to Feature Air Force One Replica Plane, Exhibits

(Photo courtesy of Jim Warlick.) This weekend, a plane will touch down in the center of Washington. Actually, it will be half a plane, a Boeing 727 replica of Air Force One that will be the highlight of InauguralFest, a...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's 'First Lunch'

Today the inaugural organizers announced details of one of what will be one of President Obama's first "official" duties after taking the oath of office: lunch. In a long-standing tradition, Obama, Vice President Biden and about 200 others will gather...

By Washington Post Editors | January 9, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Library of Congress Seeking Sermons, Orations for Posterity

How will future generations remember the inauguration of the country's first African American president? The Library of Congress wants to preserve the voices of the time by collecting sermons and speeches delivered during inauguration week at churches, synagogues, mosques and...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Use Lincoln's Bible

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts Barack Obama announced his historic bid for the presidency from the steps of the statehouse in Springfield, Ill., the same spot where another Illinois state legislator, Abraham Lincoln, began his quest. Now, to complete...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Best and Worst From Past Balls

Thousands of people dressed in their finest attire flock to Washington for inaugurations, vying for the chance to attend an inaugural ball. The major event at any ball is typically the new president's appearance -- at the balls he chooses...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 9, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

New Smithsonian Exhibits Celebrate Inaugurals Past

What did Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural look like in 1865? How about Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade, which featured chiefs Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Handshake Man' Won't Be At Inaugural

One of the fixtures of recent inaugurations won't be making an appearance Jan. 20, reports the Post's David Montgomery today. Montgomery caught up with the man who snuck past security to shake the hands of Bill Cliton and George...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

'I Was Summoned by My Country'

What will Barack Obama say during his inaugural address to the nation? Nobody knows, yet, but maybe there's a clue in the inaugural addresses of the past. The headline of this post comes from George Washington's first: Among the vicissitudes...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

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