Sunday, January 20, 2013

Play hookey from Sunday School: Obama's private imauguration at 11:55 AM runs without a hitch, "return code 0000"


Today, CNN (and presumably all other major stations) carried the official inauguration of President Barack Obama in the Blue Room at the White House by Chief Justice Roberts, with wife Michelle Obama and both daughters present, at 11:55 AM.

Even thought the "public" ceremony on the Capitol steps will occur Monday January 21 (Martin Luther King's Holiday), the constitutional requirement for the swearing in is before noon on January 20 (statistically the coldest day of the year in Washington DC).  Until 1937, they took place on March 4.


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Curiously, NBC had aired “Meet the Press” and followed with President Obama’s weekly address followed by a Republican response (by a Congressman from Oklahoma), finishing only about three minutes before the official swearing in.  It was a close call for NBC.


This time, there was no flubbing of the lines.
   
I saw Vice President Joseph Biden’s swearing in later, at about 5 PM, by Justice Sotomayor. 

Early on Sunday morning, Obama attended a preliminary (private) ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.  Weather was mild in Washington.  


From tje Kennedy Center, from John Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961, when I was a senior in high school:


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