President Obama's Inauguration
Though he and the vice president have already taken their oaths of office, President Obama is due this noon to stand outside the Capitol for his ceremonial swearing in and then to deliver his second inaugural address.
The highlights should include:
— Shortly after 11 a.m. ET. The president, vice president
and their families take their seats on the podium.
— 10:35 a.m. CT. Myrlie Evers-Williams,
civil rights activist and widow of slain Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar
Evars, delivers the invocation.
— 10:45 a.m. CT. Vice President Biden repeats his oath of
office. Supreme court Justice Sonia Sotomayor officiates.
— 10:50 a.m. CT. Singer James Taylor performs.
— 10:55 a.m. CT. President Obama repeats his oath of office.
Chief Justice John Roberts officiates.
— 11:00a.m. CT. The president delivers his inaugural address.
— 11:21 a.m. CT. Singer Kelly Clarkson performs.
— 11:26 a.m. CT. Richard Blanco reads his
inaugural poem. At 44, he is the youngest poet to have this honor. He is also
the first Latino to do so.
— 11:30 a.m. CT. The benediction by Dr. Luis León, pastor of
St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
— 11:34 a.m. CT. Singer Beyoncé peforms the National
Following the ceremony, the Obamas and Bidens join members of Congress for
lunch in the Capitol.
— 1:32 p.m. CT. The president reviews troops outside the
— 1:36 p.m. CT. The inaugural parade begins.
— 4:30 p.m. CT. The parade concludes.
— 5p.m. CT. Inaugural balls begin.
Watch President Obama speak in his own words about what this inauguration means to him.
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