This announcement/invitation (above) from The Presidential Inaugural Committee arrived in the mail yesterday. At first we thought it was our tickets for the inauguration, but upon closer inspection it appears this is a general announcement that was undoubtedly sent to everyone who contributed time and money to the Obama campaign.
I'm alittle disappointed that I couldn't secure special arrangements for my family's Obama Inauguration Adventure, but I am as pleased as punch that we have an Obama Inauguration to go to... the obvious alternative wasn't very appealing!
Use this link for a CNN.com interactive map of Washington, DC and the Obama Inauguration.
Use this link for a CNN.com for events leading up to and including Obama's inauguration.
- 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: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California
- Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, California
- Musical selection: Aretha Franklin of Detroit, Michigan
- Vice President-elect Biden will be sworn into office by John Paul Stevens, associate justice of the Supreme Court
- Musical selection: John Williams, composer/arranger, with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill
- President-elect Obama will take the oath of office, using President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural Bible, administered by John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States Supreme Court
- President Obama delivers the Inaugural address
- Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
- Benediction: The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery of Atlanta, Georgia
- The national anthem: The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"
According to Change.gov, after President Obama gives the inaugural address, he will escort outgoing President George 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.