-Presidential inauguration Barack Obama 2009 a new piece of history

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The 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama will take place on January 20, 2009, under the provisions of the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The inauguration will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Barack Obama and Joe Biden as President and Vice President, respectively. The inauguration is expected to draw a record-setting crowd of between 1.5 and 2 million people. The theme of the inauguration is "A New Birth of Freedom," commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.   learn more about presidential inauguration

The swearing-in of the President of the United States occurs upon the commencement of a new term of a President of the United States. The United States Constitution mandates that the President make the following oath or affirmation before he or she can "enter on the Execution" of the office of the presidency:

The newly elected or re-elected President traditionally adds "so help me God" to the constitutionally mandated statement.  read the full statement

“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”.

Official inauguration events commenced on January 17 with a train ride beginning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and stopping in Wilmington, Delaware, and Baltimore, Maryland, before continuing on to Washington, D.C. Events are scheduled in Washington from January 18 to January 21, 2009.  see the official page of  presidential inauguration


800px-ObamaInaugurationCapitolPreparationThe inaugural program will begin on January 20 at 10 a.m. EST (15:00 UTC) with the oath of office and inaugural address taking place at noon (17:00 UTC) at the west front of the United States Capitol. The public observation area is the National Mall.                                see full schedule

map of the parade  

The 2009  inauguration is expected to be attended by 1.5 to 2 million people, which would set a record. Obama has decided to follow tradition and use his full name, including his middle name Hussein, regardless of its past and present use by detractors as an effort to slant his image.

“I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other.”
—Barack Obama

Train ride 

The commencement of inauguration activities is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, a former Illinois politician and the sixteenth president of the United States. Lincoln travelled by train from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in 1861. Lincoln stopped in 70 places along the way to his inauguration, but his tour began in Springfield, Illinois, on February 11, 1861, before arriving in Philadelphia on February 21.

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Obama began by holding a town hall meeting in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 10 a.m. on January 17. At 11:30 a.m., Obama rode to Wilmington to pick up Vice President-elect Biden, riding in the Georgia 300, a railroad car used by past presidents. Then went to Baltimore and spoke to a crowd of around 40,000. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prevented private planes, news helicopters, balloonists and others from getting anywhere near the airspace above the train. Obama and family departed from 30th Street Station at 11 a.m. and arrived in Union Station at 7 p.m. see train ride video


The inaugural parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House. Because of the threat that the President-elect may face on January 20, it is more than Inaugural_parade_2005likely that Obama will be traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue by motorcade; it was tradition for the new President to walk instead of being driven. It is scheduled to extend for over two hours in the afternoon following the inauguration. It will include 15,000 people, 240 horses, dozens of marching bands, two drum and bugle corps, and one mariachi band from Espanola, New Mexico. He has invited the 9-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champion The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the eight-time finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, and the VMI corps of cadets, as well as the high school marching band from Punahou School, his high school in Hawaii to perform in the inaugural parade. During part of the parade, Obama will ride in a new armored limousine. see route of the parade

A number of news organizations and online video broadcasting companies will stream the Inauguration live online. It is expected that over 200 million viewers worldwide will watch Inauguration videos and live streams over the Internet. watch presidential inauguration live

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Barack Obama elected President of the United States

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"United States presidential inauguration." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 18 Jan 2009, 16:55 UTC. 18 Jan 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=United_States_presidential_inauguration&oldid=264893697>.

"Barack Obama 2009 presidential inauguration." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 19 Jan 2009, 21:08 UTC. 19 Jan 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barack_Obama_2009_presidential_inauguration&oldid=265153773>.

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