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Presidential Inauguration

Live coverage of our presidential inauguration ceremony starts at 7am (Pacific Time) next Tuesday. Here's the schedule, and a few ways to experience elements of it if you can't attend in person.

  • The opening musical selections are performed by the U.S. Marine Band (interestingly enough the oldest professional musical group in the United States). If you're in the Washington DC area from May through August you can see them perform live every Friday as part of the traditional Evening Parade.
  • The San Francisco Girl's Chorus, which follows the U.S. Marine Band, has several albums available for purchase.
  • Dr. Rick Warren, the somewhat controversial pastor who will be giving the invocation, is apparently best known for his book The Purpose Driven Life.
  • Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who will be swearing in the Vice President-elect, participates in an interview about legal writing here.
  • Gabriela Montero, who will be performing one of the musical selections along with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill, performs live the Saturday and Sunday before the inauguration at the Fox Theatre in Spokane WA.
  • The President-elect will take the oath of office using one of President Lincoln's Bibles (the same one President Lincoln used for his inauguration actually). Here are some pictures of it.
  • A poet named Elizabeth Alexander will read a poem composed for the inauguration. Samples of her poems are available here.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Downloadable MP3 files are available here.
  • The recipes used for the inaugural luncheon are available here, along with information on the wine pairings.
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