According to the folks at Obama HQ, it was a busy week at the Presidential Inaugural Committee. They have launched a website dedicated to President-elect Obama’s call to Renew America Together: USAservice.org, and General Colin Powell gave a press conference announcing the site to the public.
• U.S. senators and representatives receive a limited quantity of free tickets to the swearing-in that they can distribute to the public
• Contact them if you would like to attend the ceremony
They festivities will be kicked off with President-elect Barack Obama’s January 17 train trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington. The goal is to make the inauguration the most open and accessible in history.
Obama will make “whistle stops” in Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Baltimore, Maryland, the Presidential Inauguration Committee says the public will have the opportunity to view the train at other locations along its 137-mile route.
They have not indicated where specifically those “whistle stops” will be, and the Secret Service has yet to release what security restrictions will be in place.
Security experts say the train ride presents traditional threats to the VIPs on board, as well as countless buildings, homes and warehouses along the route. And there are non-traditional vulnerabilities: scores of bridges and tunnels that could be sabotaged.
“Security will be provided in the air, on the ground and in the water,” said Amtrak Police Department Chief John O’Connor. “It’s a daunting challenge, but there are many, many police departments that are working together to make this happen.”
And when the actual ceremony begins…
President-elect Barack Obama will invoke God when he takes the oath of office January 20. This is despite a lawsuit filed by atheist and non-religious groups, according to an attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts, who will administer the oath.
The Constitution mandates the exact language to be used in the 35-word oath of office: “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.”
Some chief executives have embellished the oath with “so help me God.” It is not constitutionally required, unlike in other federal oaths.
The Big Day will start off with a Morning Worship Service
The tradition of attending a morning worship service on Inauguration Day began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
Then there is the procession.Procession to the Capitol
By tradition, the outgoing President accompanies the President-elect to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony.
Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
Until 1937, the Vice President was sworn into office in the Senate chamber.
President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
There have been 54 formal Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, held at over 10 different locations.
Inaugural Address Since George Washington in 1789, every President has delivered an Inaugural address, ranging from 8,445 words, to just 135.
Departure of the Outgoing President
Following the inaugural ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, the outgoing President and First Lady leave the Capitol to begin their post-presidential lives.
For more info- check out the official site.
There is a place for General Colin Powell
The official inauguration website formally announced the Renew America Together initiative as part of President-elect Obama’s national call to service. Powell is encouraging all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to revitalize our local communities, starting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, also the eve of the Inauguration.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is not only a day off but also for the last 14 years, it has been a day on. It’s a day to reach out to our fellow citizens in need.
- Official Tourism Information for Washington, DC
- Armed Forces Inaugural Committee
- Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
- DC Presidential Inaugural Committee
- Washington Metrorail Inaugural Page
- U.S. Secret Service Inaugural Page
Also, Facebook and CNN have teamed up for those of us who prefer to not travel to DC. to follow the festivities.
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