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10:54 – Obama is now escorting Bush onto a Marine helicopter for their dashing escape from Washington!
10:43 – Still to come: Obama’s farewell to Bush as he leaves. Also, the parade!
10:39 – A choir sings the “Star Spangled Banner” and that’s about it.
10:38 – “… when the black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, the red man can get ahead man, and the white will do what’s right.” – Joseph E. Lowry.
10:31 – Everyone is starting to leave trying to “beat the crowd” even though a poem was just read. Joseph E. Lowry is up at the podium now to deliver the benediction. If you listen carefully you can actually hear people changing the channel across the world.
10:26 – Twenty minutes later, Obama is done, the crowd applauds, and now millions of people try to leave D.C. at the same time.
10:20 – Obama is still talking, and the speech is moving as usual. Live shots of cities across the nation pop up momentarily on CNN. A shot of Bush makes me wonder if he got senioritis these last few weeks.
10:09 – Obama is now speaking to the crowd. How many of his speeches will begin with “I stand here today”? I think he’s said that at every major speech. Is he going to take every opportunity, like this one, to remind us how bad our situation is and how he promises to fix it?
10:04 – Everyone stands as John G. Roberts is set to begin the Presidential Oath of Office for Obama. Obama is now the President. A few slip-ups in the speech but NO ONE CARES. Marine Band now playing “Hail to the Chief” for Obama for the very first time.
9:59 – In one minute, Obama is offically (constitutionally) President. But right now a John Williams arrangement of “Air and Simple Gifts” performed by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero. This is a pleasent suprise as the clock strikes noon in D.C..
9:57 – VP Elect Joe Biden is now being sworn in on the Lincoln Bible. That thing is huge.
9:53 – Great prayer by Rick Warren, now Aretha Franklin to sing “My Country Tis of Thee”.
9:49 – Rick Warren has silenced the crowd for the opening prayer. Seeing millions of people with their heads bowed is pretty impressive.
9:45 – Diane Feinstein is now speaking, introducing the inauguration.
9:44 – Obama now taking the stage to thunderous applause and cheers from the massive crowd filling D.C. to the brim. This is truly a impressive showing of people. And a truly historical event.
9:43 – Joe Biden is out now, I think he just said “I made it!”. Now a few more elites and Obama should be next!
9:38 – The band sounds pretty good for 30 degree weather. As a drummer I know how tough a snare drum roll is in freezing temperatures.
9:36 – The Marine Band plays “Hail to the Chief” for President Bush for the last time as he is introduced alongside a few other elites. The crowd is getting restless for Obama.
9:32 – More Washington elites walking down the steps and onto the stage at the Capitol. Michelle Obama is there now.
9:28 – More introduction of VIP’s and various wives. CNN just noted that even if the inauguration runs behind schedule, at noon EST (in 30 minutes), Obama becomes President officially Constitutionally.
9:25 – Obama’s daughters and their grandmother (Michelle’s mother) now entering. The crowd loves those kids. And now Aretha Franklin is there (First Lady of Soul), she will be singing “My Country Tis of Thee” later.
9:23 – President and Mrs. Clinton now entering the stage. Hillary Clinton’s confirmation for Sec. of State has been held off for a day for the inauguration.
9:20 – President and Mrs. Carter and now President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush are now being introduced. The Marine Corps Band is playing various peppy tunes for each.
9:19 – VIP’s and former Presidents are being introduced at the Capitol. CNN announced a moment ago that they would have a live satellite view of the Washington D.C. mall in a few moments.