Oh well... just seconds into his term, President Barack Obama made a mistake about the history of his new office. In the second paragraph of his inaugural address, Obama said, “Forty four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.” Sorry. While Obama IS the 44th president, he is actually only the 43rd American to take the oath. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms. He is counted as the 22nd president, serving from 1885 to 1889. He won back theoffice four years later, and is counted also as the 24th president, serving again from 1893-1897. Two presidents – but one American.source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The SCHEDULE: Presidential Inaugural Committee's full schedule of events is available here with the following ways to experience it listed below via the internet by streaming, phone or social web technologies:
- The Official Sites: Just in case you don't have it bookmarked, add the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies' official site to your list of viewing venues. The JCCIC will have live video streams (with closed captioning), and the site itself has a wealth of information on everything inaugural, including clips of previous presidents' ceremonies and tons of minutiae (including recipes for inaugural luncheons, like Obama's "brace of American birds." The Presidential Inaugural Committee will also have streaming coverage, but it has to be noted that viewing the stream requires installing Microsoft's Silverlight 2 platform (and which, thereby, leaves Linux and mobile users out in the cold). If you're cool with that, though, ReadWriteWeb has a great blow-by-blow schedule of the PIC's offerings.
- NBC/CBS/ABC: The Big Three are all in online with free streaming coverage. NBC's coverage is actually over at MSNBC's inauguration page. CBS' Inauguration webcast kicks off at 7 a.m. EST Tuesday and wraps up with a web-only wrap-up hosted by Katie Couric at 10 p.m. EST. CBS' coverage will also be carried on Joost's Everything Obama site. ABC News will likely host its live coverage at its 44th President site.
- Hulu/Fox: Fox.com, Fox News, and Hulu will offer the same stream via Hulu's Obama video page starting at noon EST, then "on-demand" video from there on out. Hulu generally has top-notch video quality, even in full-screen mode—unless it gets jammed, as it did during some presidential debates. The site likely learned a few lessons in scaling, though, so it's definitely worth checking out.
- C-SPAN: The non-partisan channel your cable company pays offers up all four of its channelsinauguration should be no different. Stay tuned to C-SPAN's main page, however, for the debut of an Inauguration Hub that will feature, according to CNET, a kind of "control room" that lets visitors switch between four feeds of the goings-on on the fly. online at all times, and Obama's
- Facebook/CNN: CNN.com and Facebook team up to offer a live inauguration feed with a social twist: You can sign into your Facebook account starting at 8 a.m. EST Tuesday at CNN.com Live and update your status alongside the streaming coverage, while seeing a real-time stream of your friends' status updates as well.
- Current/Twitter: Same type of deal as above, just with Current doing the streaming at 11:30 a.m. EST and micro-blogging platform Twitter providing real-time tweets/updates. Multi-taskers checking out Current Twitters the Inauguration should twitter with the tag
#currentin their message.
- Ustream.tv Upstart live-streaming site Ustream is offering a live video feed of the inauguration at this page. No indication of what will be covered, exactly. A pre-recorded video of Obama's acceptance speech looked quite grainy when full-screened; if you're an iPhone/iPod touch user, scroll below to check out Ustream's (beta-invite) streaming app.
- Other sites: Also likely to offer live video streams are the Washington Post, New York Times, and the BBC. Livestation offers international feeds from Al Jazeera, BBC, Euronews and France 24, while USA Today and the Associated Press will also offer live streams and coverage clips.
- Ustream through your iPhone: If Ustream.tv gets their iPhone app approved before Tuesday, then simply search for "ustream" and you'll get a live feed of the Ustream coverage mentioned above. If not, TechCrunch has details on getting a beta invite. Ustream's site also suggests an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org do the trick.
- InaugurationReport apps: For both iPhones (search "inaugurationreport") and Androids (search IR09), the join project's mobile apps let you view semi-real-time Twitter updates, Flickr photos, text messages, and content upload from other mobile IR users from one handy app screen.
- InaugurationReport.com: A joint project of NPR, CBS, American University, and many more, the site rounds up all the contributions made by on-the-street citizen reporters through Flickr, Twitter, text message, YouTube, and IR's own mobile apps (see below). It's a nice way to condense all of those mediums into one regularly-refreshing page. For a similarly crushed-together view, try a Big Buzz search on Icerocket.
- Flickr: The official multi-user inauguration pool is here, but the Presidential Inaugural Committee has its own stream, as does the president-elect himself (though not update in a while ... wonder why?).
- Twitter search: The hot searches are inauguration and the #inaug09 tag.
- Photosynth to create massive 3D compilation of oath-taking: If you or somebody you know in D.C. for the big moment wants to contribute to a gigantically cool 3D mesh of the moment Obama takes the oath, email a photo (one at a time, up to 10MB per pic and three separate submissions allowed) to
email@example.com, then, later that day, head to cnn.com/themoment to see the big mash-up, powered by Microsoft's Photosynth technology.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This week, starting on January 13, 2009 marks the beginning of the official approval process for Barack Obama's Cabinet Nominees. Here is the current approval schedule:
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Secretary of State
Appears before the Foreign Relations committee
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Appears before the Budget Committee
Secretary of Energy
Appears before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Secretary of Education
Appears before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Secretary of Agriculture
Appears before the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Appears before the Veterans Affairs Committee
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Appears before the Environment and Public Works Committee
Thursday, Jan. 15Secretary of the Treasury
Appears before the Finance Committee
Appears before the Foreign Relations Committee
Secretary of the Interior
Appears before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Secretary of Homeland Security
Appears before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Appears before the Judiciary Committee
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Bill Richardson, New Mexico's Governor, has given up his nomination to be commerce secretary just revealed today. He believed an ongoing federal investigation into a business relationship his state's administration had with a company in California that won municipal bond business there (after making donations to various causes championed by Richardson) would slow down his confirmation as Obama's Commerce Secretary. The Governor is quoted as saying,"I do so with great sorrow. But a pending investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico state government promises to extend for several weeks or, perhaps, even months. Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact. But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process. Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the President-elect and his Administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done." Obama accepted the withdrawal with "...deep regret...Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to the job of Commerce Secretary and our economic team great insights accumulated through an extraordinary career in federal and state office," Obama's statement read. "It is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first that he has removed himself as a candidate for the Cabinet in order to avoid any delay in filling this important economic post at this critical time. Although we must move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson's decision, I look forward to his future service to our country and in my administration." (source:cnn.com)
Saturday, January 3, 2009
- Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack (nominee)
- Books by Tom Vilsack
- Commerce, Secretary Bill Richardson (UPDATE: nominee - resigned on 04JAN2008)
- Books by Bill Richardson
- Defense, Secretary Robert Gates (nominee)
- Books by Robert Gates
- Education, Secretary Arne Duncan (nominee)
- Books by Arne Duncan
- Health and Human Services, Secretary Tom Daschle (nominee)
- Books by Tom Daschle
- Housing and Urban Dvelopment, Secretary Shaun Donovan (nominee)
- Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano (nominee)
- Books by Janet Napolitano
- Interior, Secretary Ken Salazar (nominee)
- Books by Ken Salazar
- Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder (nominee)
- National Security Adviser James L. Jones (nominee)
- State, Secretary Hilary Rodham Clinton (nominee)
- Books by Senator Clinton
- Transportation, Secretary Ray Lahood (nomineed)
- Treasury, Secretary Timothy Geithner (nominee)
- Books by Timothy Geithner
- Veterans Affairs, Secretary Eric Shinseki (nominee)
- Books by Eric Shinseki
Inauguration Day 2009 information and resources are available here: At 12:00 noon on Inauguration Day 2009 (Tuesday, January 20, 2009, as set by the Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. The Inauguration Day 2009 Schedule will keep you informed about what is happening and when on this important day. The schedule of Inauguration Day events tells you what to see, where to be, and when to be there. Can't make it to DC in person? Find out how to watch the ceremony and parade on TV, Radio, and online.
Inauguration Housing Bulletin Board The DC metropolitan area has 95,000 hotel rooms; more than a million out-of-town guests are expected. See this 11/28/08 article in the New York Times describing the problems of finding housing for Inauguration Day.
Inauguration Schedule of Official and Unofficial Activities:
A schedule of some official and unofficial activities surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20:
SATURDAY, JAN. 17
-- President-elect Barack Obama and his family ride the train from Philadelphia to Washington, stopping in Wilmington, Del., for Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his family. Train will stop in Baltimore for speech before heading south.
-- BET Honors, an awards ceremony, at the Warner Theater.
-- People's Inaugural Gala Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
-- Will.i.am "Yes We Did" concert.
-- Concert with Mary J. Blige, Common and Nelly at nightclub Ibiza.
SUNDAY, JAN. 18
-- Obama will kick off inaugural activities with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Beyonce, U2, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and James Taylor are among the musicians scheduled to perform.
-- Presidential Inaugural Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ritz-Carlton.
-- EMILY's List Inaugural Luncheon with scheduled guests including Cabinet appointees Hillary Rodham Clinton and Janet Napolitano, Sens. Kay Hagan and Jeanne Shaheen, and North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue.
-- African-American Church Inaugural Ball at the Grand Hyatt Washington.
-- 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala with Marc Anthony at Union Station.
-- Aloha Inaugural Ball, organized by former Obama campaign workers, held at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel at 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JAN. 19
-- National Day of Community Service event: To honor Dr. King's legacy, Obama, Biden and their families, joined by Americans across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area.
-- Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, sponsored by the Texas State Society, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
-- Green Inaugural Ball at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Ball hosted by former Vice President Al Gore.
-- Huffington Post preinaugural ball at the Newseum.
-- Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts. Hosted by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, among others.
-- A children's evening concert at the Verizon Center honoring military families. Event hosted by Michelle Obama, who will attend. Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers are among the entertainers.
-- Obama to attend three private dinners to honor former secretary of State Colin Powell, Biden and Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, for their public service. Dinners at the Hilton Washington, National Building Museum and Union Station.
TUESDAY, JAN. 20 (INAUGURATION DAY)
Gates to the Inaugural Ceremony open at 8 a.m. The inaugural festivities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They will include:
-- Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
-- Sen. Dianne Feinstein provides call to order and welcoming remarks.
-- Invocation by the Rev. Rick Warren.
-- Musical selection of Aretha Franklin.
-- Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
-- Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).
-- Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scheduled around noon.
-- Obama gives the inaugural address.
-- Poem by Elizabeth Alexander.
-- Benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.
-- The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."
After Obama gives inaugural address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.
Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official inaugural balls:
-- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Obama Home States (Illinois and Hawaii) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Biden Home States (Pennsylvania and Delaware) Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Midwest Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Western Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
-- Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum.
-- Southern Inaugural Ball at the National Guard Armory.
-- Eastern Inaugural Ball at Union Station.
-- Youth Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton.
Unofficial balls include:
-- Congressional Black Caucus Inaugural Ball at the Capitol Hilton.
-- Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts.
-- Recording Industry Association of America's ball for Feeding America.
-- BET's Inaugural Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
-- Africa on the Potomac inaugural celebration at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
-- American Music Inaugural Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
-- Inaugural Purple Ball at the Fairmont Hotel.
-- Human Rights Campaign's Equality Ball at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
-- Inaugural Peace Ball at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
-- Impact Film Fund ball.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21
-- The president, vice president and their families will participate in a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.