Inauguration Day timeline

For those wondering, Obama’s big speech starts at about noon


Inauguration Day timeline

9:00 am : VIPs begin arriving

9:45 : Platform seating begins

11:03 : Former Presidents announced and seated

11:20 : President Bush and VP Cheney announced and seated

11:25 : President-elect Obama is announced and seated

11:30 : Program begins

11:46 : Vice Presidential Oath administered by Justice Stevens

11:49 : Performance by Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, Itzhak Perlman

11:56 : The Presidential oath is administered by Chief Justice Roberts

12:01 pm : Inaugural address

12:27 : Benediction given by Reverend Lowery

12:32 : Departure ceremony

12:36 : President and Mrs. Bush depart from the East plaza in a helicopter

12:52 : Presidents Room signing in

1:05 : Statuary Hall luncheon

2:32 : Review of the troops

: POTUS leaves with parade

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Inauguration Day timeline

  1. Isn’t he supposed to be blessed by the Archbishop of Kiev at some point, and crowned on the Stone of Scone?

  2. The Byzantines are so, ….. you know, ….. 14th century …

    But I understand that the Mall is going to be renamed the Appian Way.

  3. I find transitions of power from one leader to the next in democracies to be entirely inspiring and hopeful. I love that there are countries that can pass power from leader to leader without bloodshed or mayhem.

    I have also long wondered what would happen if a Canadian PM refused to leave office after losing an election. What would we do about it?

    • Commission endless public opinion polls and then argue about the results. You probably wouldn’t even notice the difference.

      • My goodness, that was astonishingly cynical. I don’t know what came over me.

        • Kady

          I would have agreed with you and your cynicism until last month, which changed my view on Canadians and if they care about government/parliament. I was astonished by how many people talked/cared about Coalition and how they tried to take over. People who I would have thought were apolitical were vexed by what was happening and, for a few days, Canadians were engaged.

  4. I just wish Canadian prime ministers would try to get along with each other after leaving office. Former American presidents do a great job of working together on behalf of their country. Why can’t we do the same thing in Canada? It’s not as if American politics is any less partisan than in Canada.