Monday’s Inauguration Schedule
(WASHINGTON) — This is the schedule of Monday’s inauguration of President Obama on the West Front of the Capitol. The approximate times, all ET, come from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:
11:09 a.m.: The president and his family are announced and seated on the inaugural platform, built by the Architect of the Capitol. It holds some 1,600 people, including members of Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and governors.
11:35 a.m.: Invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights organizer Medgar Evers, and the first woman and first non-clergy member to lead the pre-oath prayer.
11:46 a.m.: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden.
11:55 a.m.: Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Obama, who will use two Bibles: the one used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 (which Obama used four years ago); and a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Noon: Obama gives his second inaugural address.
12:26 p.m.: A poem by Richard Blanco, the first Hispanic inaugural poet.
12:30 p.m.: The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon delivers the benediction.
12:34 p.m.: Beyoncé sings the national anthem.
2:36 p.m.: After attending an inaugural luncheon in the Capitol, the Obamas and Bidens lead the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. The event will take several hours and include thousands of participants from across the country.
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