Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's Inauguration Day!

You can watch MSNBC's live streaming coverage here:

MSNBC is also hosting live screenings at select movie theatres and Starbucks locations across the country.

Of course, all the major networks and news channels will carry live coverage during the day. Online livestreams will also be available at C-Span, Hulu, Current TV (which will also Twitterstream its coverage), Ustream.tv (with live chat) and Joost.

The Huffington Post will liveblog the event, and Twitter (just click on search word "Inauguration") is a great source of real time reax from people who are experiencing the historic occasion in person. Other great sources are the NPR Inauguration Report which will collect dispatches from several platforms (Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and text messages) and CNN/Microsoft Photosynth which will transform spectators' uploaded photos into 3D images.

Here's the official schedule of events (via ABC News):
  1. 8:45 a.m. ET: Obamas attend a private service at St. John's Episcopal Church.

  2. 10:00 a.m. ET: Obama meets with President Bush at the White House for coffee, together they travel to the Capitol for inauguration ceremony.

  3. 11:30 a.m. ET: Official inaugural ceremony begins.

  4. 12:00 p.m. ET: Obama is sworn in as president and delivers inaugural address.

  5. 1:00 p.m. ET: President Obama and Vice President Biden attend luncheon at the Capitol.

  6. 1:30 p.m. ET: President Bush Depart Washington DC.

  7. 2:30 p.m. ET: Inaugural parade begins, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join inaugural motorcade.

  8. 8:00 p.m. ET: Neighborhood Ball at the Convention Center (first of ten official balls), featuring the POTUS and First Lady's first dance of the evening and the POTUS' first inaugural ball speech (will be covered exclusively by ABC News).
More information are available at the Joint Congressional Committees on Inaugural Ceremonies as well as at the Presidential Inaugural Committee web sites.

The theme of the Inauguration is "A New Birth of Freedom" in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth. This theme is incorporated into the Inaugural Program, Luncheon menu (pdf) and decor. Of course Obama will carry this one step further by being sworn in on Lincoln's Bible.

Lastly, here's a fun video showing 23 facts about the Inauguration:

Let the celebrations begin!

posted at 6:44:00 AM by Wonky Muse

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