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One Day More January 19, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Politics.

apI woke up with a smile on my face. My head cold is gone (as predicted) and we have only one day more under this thuggish regime. Sweet Tuesday cannot come fast enough. The Obama team has worked even faster than I anticipated. US Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger,his family and all five members of the Flight 1549 crew have been invited to the inauguration Tuesday.

–  My AP photographer friend has an even better location for tomorrow’s events than originally thought. She said she would have to kill me if I shared her pre-event location photos with anyone. Gulp! What I can tell you is that she will be photographing the oath and his Inaugural address from a five tiered platform and then will move to a big cherry picker to take aerial-esque photos of Obama’s walk. He is going to walk further than Bush walked.  I am sure he is going to do lots of things bigger, better and more transparent that Bush did anything.

–  Keith Olbermann has promised another Special Commentary tonight. Me thinks it will be about torture. I wonder how long into the Obama administration it will take Keith to write another Special Commentary?

One more time:

–  In My Lifetime. The video: a chronological montage of images depicting black history in America from the days of slavery through the election of Barack Obama. The song: words & music by Dan Schaefer.

Schedule of events for Obama’s inauguration (AP) — A schedule of some official and unofficial activities surrounding Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20:


_ 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.


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.


_ The president, vice president and their families will participate in a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.



1. jimmyboi2 - January 19, 2009


2. Lincoln O'Brien - January 19, 2009

My little sister is there…in DC….waking up at 3am…and my friend Naomi is gigging with Sam Moore at the Creative Colilition Ball..if I have that right….whoa…I’m ready to cry or cheer at a moment’s notice…
and I will be at school in the morn, where we will gather in the auditorium to watch Obama’s speech….if all goes according to plan…
one friend is very cynical and does not think anything will change…but I think many changes are in the works….
throw the boot at Dubya….

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