Inauguration program of events


 8:45 a.m. — The Obamas and Bidens attend a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

 11:20 — Ceremonial swearing-in of the president and vice president at the Capitol.


 11:50 — Obama gives his inaugural address.

Program for the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address:

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Musical selections: The Marine Band; PS22 chorus, from Staten Island in N.Y.; and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.

Call to order and welcoming remarks: Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York

Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams.


Musical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Oath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Musical selection: James Taylor.

Oath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John Roberts.

Inaugural address: President Obama.

Musical selection: Kelly Clarkson.

Poem: Richard Blanco.

Benediction: the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Church, Washington.

The National Anthem: Beyoncé.

 1:05 p.m. — Obama, Biden and their wives attend the inaugural luncheon.

 2:40 — Inaugural parade begins, with floats and units representing about 60 groups. Viewing stands and bleachers line Pennsylvania Avenue.

 6:00 — The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball, at the Washington Convention Center. The gala honors service members and their families.

 6:30 — The second official Inaugural Ball for other guests, at the Washington Convention Center.


 10:30 a.m. — National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral. The Obamas and Bidens attend.

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