Just 16 more days until the inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Sixteen has never been this sweet! In addition to the political junkie I've become, add inauguration groupie. Aspiring politician can't be too far off. I visit change.gov the official website of the Obama-Biden Administration a couple of times a week to see what's up and how I can help.
I'm busy trying to figure out how I can watch every moment of the inauguration on television, preferably live, which is going to be a challenge because I'll be at work. Wishing that it was an official holiday... it should be don't you think? On the inaugural website there is a schedule for the events of this historical, cannot-come-soon-enough, end of our national nightmare, most hopeful day. I've included it below for all the details.
As I read through the events, it was exciting to see two of my favorites Aretha Franklin and Yo-Yo Ma on the schedule. On the other hand, quite disappointing to see the Pastor Rick Warren giving the invocation. I would have advised against this one... but I haven't landed the job with the new administration yet.
The one event that sounded sooooooooooooooooo incredibly joyous is at the end of the program, it reads:
"After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony..."
Departure ceremony. How sweet does that sound? I don't usually like good-byes, but I can't wait for this one. God knows there will be enough to remind us all that "he was here", but the ceremony of making sure that he is on a plane out of Washington is quite reassuring to this American. Oh happy day!
Tuesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day
The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:
• Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
• Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
• Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
• Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
• Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
• President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
• Inaugural Address
• Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
• Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
• The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”
After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.
Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official Inaugural Balls. More details about the Inaugural Balls will be released at a later date.