The inaugural timeline John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, January 21, 2009 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/20/BA3S15DMLR.DTL&tsp=1 [scroll to bottom for the start of the day’s events. Times given are Pacific Standard Time. Add 3 hours to get Eastern Standard Time, local time for the Inaugural events.] -20) 18:02 PST WASHINGTON -- 5:40 p.m.: The good news for the president and the first lady is that six of the 10 balls they will attend are all at the Washington Convention Center, so they're all walking stops. But after that, it's a road trip to the other four. Images President Barack Obama (left) shakes hands with Chief Jus...Aretha Franklin performs at the swearing-in ceremony in W...Vice President-elect Joe Biden, with wife Jill at his sid... View Larger Images 5:37 p.m.: President Obama shares a dance with his wife and then hits the dance floor for a quick swing with a few of the attendees before moving on to the next party. 5:32 p.m.: The Obamas make their first stop at the Neighborhood Ball at the Washington Convention Center, where a portion of the tickets are reserved for local residents. &quot;We will need you for the next four years and who knows after that.&quot; 5:12 p.m.: The Obamas leave the White House for the first stop on the inaugural party circuit. 3:54 p.m.: Obama and his wife leave the reviewing stand as the two-hour inaugural parade ends. Next on the agenda, a change into evening wear before a round of short stops and dances at 10 different inaugural balls. 3:34 p.m.: Obama aides are now saying that it will be close to midnight before the president makes it to the last of the celebrations he's slated to visit. 3:25 p.m.: The Lesbian and Gay Band Association makes its appearance at the inaugural parade. 3:20 p.m.: Former President - and one-time Texas governor - George W. Bush lands in Midland, Texas, on his way home to Crawford. He's greeted by a crowd that includes a number of local politicos, including Gov. Rick Perry. &quot;This guy who went to Sam Houston Elementary School got to spend the night in Buckingham Palace ... but as good as it was, there's no place like Texas,&quot; Bush said. 2:34 p.m: Obama begins looking at his watch. It's getting late, there's a lot of parade left and he still has to make an appearance at 10 balls. 2:33 p.m.: Doctors for Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, say his seizure earlier today at the presidential luncheon was caused by simple fatigue. He is expected to remain in the hospital overnight and be released in the morning. 2:22 p.m.: Vice President Joseph Biden gets his due as the Fightin' Blue Hen band of the University of Delaware marches by. 2:11 p.m.: Illinois, not surprisingly, has the first float, featuring a cartoonish Abraham Lincoln and a critter in White Sox uniform. It's dark and getting darker as the parade moves slowly by. 1:59 p.m.: A military band is the first past the parade reviewing stand, followed closely by the band from Honolulu's Punahou High School, Obama's alma mater. He gives the students the Hawaiian hang-loose sign. 1:56 p.m.: Obama and his family walk from the White House to the VIP reviewing stand, which is both heated and covered, where they will watch the inaugural parade. 1:34 p.m.: The president and his wife get back in their limousine to head to the White House for a brief stop before moving on to the reviewing stand. 1:31 p.m.: The Obamas make it to the bleachers outside the White House, delighting the crowds. 1:26 p.m.: Obama and his wife, hand-in-hand and all smiles, again leave the limousine to start walking, this time outside the Treasury Building, a block or so from the White House. 1:11 p.m.: The Obamas get back in their limousine to continue on the way to the White House. 1:03 p.m.: Obama, hatless and in a top coat, scarf and gloves, gets out of his limousine near the Navy Memorial, eight blocks earlier than scheduled, and joins his wife in a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, waving to the cheering crowds. 12:58 p.m.: Motorcade, moving at a crawl, is about halfway to the White House and the parade reviewing stand. 12:38 p.m.: A statement from Washington Hospital Center says that Kennedy is awake and answering questions. 12:35 p.m.: Obama, his wife and two daughters leave the Capitol in an extremely slow-moving motorcade down Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues, leading the parade on a 1 1/2 mile journey to the White House. The parade's start is more than an hour late on a very cold day. 12:19 p.m.: Obama, Biden and their wives walk to front of Capitol for short troop review. 12:01 p.m.: Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, age 91, reportedly also had medical problems as dessert was being served and was treated by doctors. Aides later reported that Byrd was not hospitalized and is fine. 11:57 a.m.: Reports are that Kennedy had a seizure during lunch. Obama says the feelings of everyone are with the senator, who has brain cancer. &quot;Our prayers are with Senator Kennedy and his family. This is a joyous time, but also a sobering time.&quot; 11:51 a.m.: Obama speaks briefly at lunch. &quot;What's happening today is not about me. It's about the American people.&quot; 11:46 a.m.: Obama and Biden are presented with gifts: flags that flew over Capitol today, pictures of the inauguration and Lenox crystal bowls. 11:35 a.m.: Paramedics called to presidential lunch amid reports that Kennedy, D-collapsed in convulsions. The senator is removed on a stretcher. 10:58 a.m.: Bush and his wife, Laura, take off on their flight home to Texas. 10:29 a.m.: Obama, introduced as &quot;President Barack H. Obama,&quot; enters Capitol's Statuary Hall for lunch with 200 invited guests. His first stop is to greet Arizona Sen. John McCain, his GOP opponent in the November election. 10:18 a.m.: Bush arrives at Andrews Air Force Base. 10:02 a.m.: Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, signs a document declaring this a day of national renewal. 10:o1 a.m.: Obama goes to an office in the Capitol to sign official transition papers, including his Cabinet nominations. 9:56 a.m.: Bush lifts off as Obama, Biden and their wives watch and wave. 9:53 a.m.: Obama escorts Bush to the Marine Corps helicopter that will take him to Andrews Air Force Base, where he will board a jet for his home, at least for now, in Crawford, Texas. 9:40 a.m.: Obama walks off the inaugural stage, shaking hands with the senators, members of Congress and VIP guests as the band plays &quot;Stars and Stripes Forever.&quot; 9:37 a.m.: A Navy chorus ends the inauguration ceremony with the singing of &quot;The Star-Spangled Banner.&quot; 9:32 a.m.: Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery delivers a benediction that spotlights the Civil Rights movement. &quot;We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we have shared today.&quot; 9:29: Elizabeth Alexander delivers her poem, &quot;Praise-song for the Day.&quot; &quot;Say it plain that many have died for this day.&quot; 9:27 a.m. Obama finishes his speech. &quot;Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivers it safely to future generations.&quot; 9:25 a.m.: &quot;Let us mark this day of remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled.&quot; 9:24 a.m.: &quot;What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and our world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly.&quot; 9:23 a.m.: &quot;Our challenges may be new ... But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true.&quot; 9:19 a.m.: &quot;For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness ... because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds will someday pass.&quot; 9:18 a.m.: &quot;Our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.&quot; 9:17 a.m.: &quot;Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.&quot; 9:15 a.m.: &quot;What the cynics fail to understand it that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether government is too big or too small, but whether it works.&quot; 9:13 a.m.: &quot;But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed.&quot; 9:10 a.m.: &quot;On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.&quot; 9:08 a.m.: Obama begins his inaugural speech. &quot;Today I say to you the challenges we face are real ... They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America - they will be met.&quot; 9:05 a.m.: Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States. 9 a.m.: Under the Constitution, Obama officially becomes president, even though he has yet to take the oath. 8:59: a.m.: Classical quartet of violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero perform. 8:57 a.m.: Joseph Robinette Biden is sworn in as vice president by Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. 8:53 a.m.: Aretha Franklin sings a soulful version of &quot;My Country 'Tis of Thee.&quot; 8:48 a.m.: Dr. Rick Warren gives invocation, to polite applause and scattered boos. He calls for &quot;civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.&quot; 8:46 a.m.: Feinstein, the mistress of ceremonies, gives opening remarks, saying that &quot;the world is watching&quot; the country's peaceful transition of power. 8:44 a.m.: The crowd roars as &quot;President-elect Barack H. Obama&quot; is introduced and walks, solemn-faced, to his seat. 8:42 a.m.: Congressional leaders, including San Franciscans Feinstein and Pelosi, are announced. 8:39 a.m.: Biden is announced. 8:36 a.m.: President Bush is announced, as Marine band plays &quot;Hail to the Chief&quot; for him for the final time. He's joined by Cheney and Republican congressional leaders. 8:31 a.m.: Michelle Obama is introduced. 8:19 a.m.: Former presidents are seated for the swearing in. 8:00 a.m.: Presidential motorcade arrives on Capitol Hill. 7:48 a.m.: Obama and Bush leave the White House and travel together in the soon-to-be presidential limousine to the Capitol for the inauguration. 6:54 a.m.: The Obamas, along with vice president-elect and his wife, Jill, arrive at the White House. The Bushes greet them on the steps of the White House, as Michelle Obama presents them with a wrapped gift. 6:48 a.m.: The Obamas leave the church, taking the spanking new presidential Cadillac limousine, code name &quot;Stagecoach,&quot; on the very short (across the street) drive to the White House for coffee with President Bush and his wife, Laura, and Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynn. 5:45 a.m.: President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, attend a private prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church, where President James Madison once worshiped. He is greeted by the congregation and choir singing &quot;O God Our Help in Ages Past.&quot;
“ On Inauguration Day, after a morning worship service, the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and their spouses will be escorted to the White House by members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. After a brief meeting, the President-elect and the outgoing President will then proceed together to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremonies.” -Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
“ The First Congress passed an oath act on June 1, 1789, authorizing only senators to administer the oath to the Vice President (who serves as the president of the Senate). Later that year, legislation passed that allowed courts to administer all oaths and affirmations. Since 1789, the oath has been changed several times by Congress. The present oath repeated by the Vice President of the United States, Senators, Representatives, and other government officers has been in use since 1884.” http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/daysevents/vpswearingin.cfm The oath in full reads, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
&quot;I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.&quot; — Presidential oath of office, Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution
The oath in the Constitution reads, &quot;I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.&quot; — Presidential oath of office, Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution. Nearly all U.S. Presidents, starting with George Washington, have said, “solemnly swear” and added the words, “so help me God.”
Obama Inauguration 2009
Inauguration 2009 - Tradition and Change Washington, DC, January 20, 2009 1
The world is watching today as our great democracy engages in this peaceful transition of power. Here, on the National Mall, where we remember the Founders of our Nation and those who fought to make it free, we gather to etch another line in the solid stone of history. The freedom of a people to choose its leaders is the root of liberty. In a world where political strife is too often settled with violence, we come here every four years to bestow the power of the presidency upon our democratically elected leader. - Senator Diane Feinstein Opening Welcome Remarks at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2009 7:23 AM – Sunrise over the National Mall 2
8:45 AM – Morning Worship Service Inaugural Firsts 1933 - President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt attended a worship service prior to his Inauguration. Since then every President except Richard Nixon has done the same, often at nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, above. President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are welcomed by Rev. Luis Leon as they arrive for church service at St. John's Episcopal Church. 3
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, greets Jacqueline Kennedy and President–elect John F. Kennedy at the White House January 20, 1961. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush greet the Obamas at the White House. 4 9:55 AM – Coffee at the White House
10:48 AM – Procession to the Capitol Inaugural Firsts 1837 - Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren were the first out-going and in-coming presidents to travel together to the Capitol. Below, President Harry S Truman and President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower leave the White House in 1953. Above, Lyndon B. Johnson’s motorcade to the Capitol, 1965. President Bush and President-elect Obama leave the White House for the Capitol . 5
11:48 AM – Invocation and Musical Moments The Rev. Billy Graham, center, gives the invocation at the inauguration of Richard M. Nixon, January 20, 1969. Above, Aretha Franklin sings “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” At right, the Rev. Rick Warren gives the opening prayer for the inauguration ceremony. 6
11:57 AM – Vice-Presidential Oath “ I, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.,do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Inaugural Firsts 1937 marked the first time the vice president was sworn in outdoors on the same platform as the president. 1937 remains the rainiest inaugural on record. With his wife Jill, in red coat holding a Bible, Joe Biden takes the vice-presidential oath. 7
12:05 PM – Presidential Oath "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” Inaugural Firsts 1829 - Andrew Jackson, left, was the first president to take the oath of office on the portico of the U.S. Capitol. Chief Justice John Marshall, right, administered the oath at nine inaugurals, Adams to Jackson, a record still unsurpassed. 8 Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath to Barack Obama. Between Justice Roberts and President Obama are, from left, Sasha, Malia, and Michelle Obama.
12:05 PM – Presidential Oath Inaugural Firsts 2009 - Barack Obama is the first African-American to be elected president of the United States. 9 Chief Justice John Roberts administers the Presidential Oath to Barack Obama. Michelle Obama holds a Bible once owned by Abraham Lincoln. At right, Sasha Obama congratulates her father on his inauguration.
12:05 PM – Presidential Oath Nearly 2 million people witnessed the Obama inauguration and parade, surpassing the estimated 1.2 million at the inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. 10
11 12:08 PM – Inaugural Address Against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol, Barack Obama begins his Inaugural Address.
12:13 PM – Inaugural Address "The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” -President Barack Obama Inaugural Address Inaugural Firsts Starting with George Washington in 1789, above, all U.S. presidents have delivered inaugural addresses. Below, Calvin Coolidge was first to be broadcast on radio, in 1925. Harry S Truman’s 1948 address was first to be televised. Bill Clinton’s was webcast in 1997. In 2009 Barack Obama’s inauguration was widely Twittered. 12 Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural Address.
12:19 PM – Inaugural Address Vienna, Austria Ramallah, West Bank Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Silverdale, Washington “ To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow, to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.” -President Barack Obama Inaugural Address 13
12:19 PM – Inaugural Address Paris, France Havana, Cuba Moscow, Russia Mexico City, Mexico “ To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow, to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.” -President Barack Obama Inaugural Address 14
Inaugural Firsts The inaugural luncheon in the Capitol was first held in 1953, for Dwight D. Eisenhower. Gerald R. Ford was first to depart the Capitol via helicopter, in 1977. At top, Former President Ronald W. Reagan and his wife Nancy are accompanied to their helicopter by new President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989. 12:56 PM – Presidential Farewell, Capitol Luncheon, First Signing 15 Left, the Obamas and Bidens wave to the helicopter carrying George W. Bush and Laura Bush. Center top, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with congressional leaders, have a moment of prayer at the inaugural luncheon at the Capitol. Center bottom, Barack Obama signs his first official documents as president.
Inaugural Firsts In 1841 the parade for William H. Harrison was the first to feature floats and marching bands. Above, the Inaugural Parade for President James Buchanan, 1857. Below, President Jimmy Carter, with daughter Amy and wife Roslyn, walks from the Capitol to the White House in 1977. 4:03 PM – Inaugural Parade 16 President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inaugural Parade.
Inaugural Firsts 1881 - President James Garfield reviewed the parade from a specially built stand in front of the White House. Above, President Herbert Hoover watches the inaugural parade in 1929. Below, movie cowboy Montie Montana lassos President Eisenhower in 1953. 4:59 PM – Inaugural Parade 17 Top left, flags from around the world are carried past the presidential reviewing stand. Top middle, President Obama gives the Hawaiin “hang loose” sign to students from his high school alma mater , lower left. Lower right, Sasha and Malia Obama enjoy the parade.
Inaugural Firsts The first Inaugural Ball, held for James Madison, was given in 1807. Since then the number of balls given on inaugur-ation night have ranged from 0 (Franklin Pierce, 1853, and Woodrow Wilson, 1913) to 14 (Bill Clinton, 1997). Above, inaugural fashions in 1861. Below, dancing at the 1925 Inaugural Ball, for President Calvin Coolidge. 18 8:37 PM – Inaugural Ball Michelle and Barack Obama dance at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, one of 10 they attended on inauguration night.
19 Letter from “43” to “44” Waiting in the Oval Office for Barack Obama, the 44th president, was a personal letter from the 43rd president, George W. Bush. President Ronald Reagan was the first to leave such a note for his successor, George H.W. Bush, in 1989.