Chronology: American Presidential Inauguration of Barack H. Obama (2009)

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The following is a chronology of events of the American Presidential Inauguration of Barack H. Obama on 2009 January 20. This chronology was compiled by Glenn A. Walsh* in Pittsburgh, watching network television coverage of inaugural events.

 

To determine the precise time, to the second, of each event, a special clock was used which is automatically updated each evening by radio time signals, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology long-wave radio station, WWVB, broadcasting from Fort Collins, Colorado. Assuming that the delay in receiving the television network signals from Washington on January 20 was close to negligible, this chronology should be accurate.

 

          Tuesday, 2009 January 20 – Eastern Standard Time

11:43:35 a.m. – Presentation of Barack H. Obama

11:48:30 to 11:53:10 a.m. – Invocation: Pastor Rick Warren

11:53:47 to 11:56:27 a.m. – Song by Aretha Franklin: “My Country Tis of Thee”

11:57:28 to 11:58:22 a.m. – Oath of Office by Joe Biden as Vice President of the United States

11:59:50 a.m. to 12:04:18 p.m. - Music: “Air and Simple Gifts” written for the Inauguration by

John Williams; performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill, and Gabriela Montero.

12:05:14 to 12:05:47 p.m. – Oath of Office by Barack H. Obama as President of the United States

12:07:37 to 12:26:10 p.m. – Address: President Barack H. Obama

12:28:07 to 12:31:57 p.m. – Poem: “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander

12:32:35 to 12:37:35 p.m. – Benediction: Reverend Joseph Lowery

12:38:32 to 12:39:39 p.m. – National Anthem: “The Star Spangled Banner” performed by The

United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

 

Signing Ceremony – Documents signed by President Barack H. Obama at:

            1:03:15 p.m., 1:03:39 p.m., and 1:03:56 p.m.

 

1:28:12 p.m. Pre-Luncheon comments by Vice President Joe Biden

1:29:14 p.m. Pre-Luncheon comments by President Barack H. Obama

1:35:00 to 1:36:50 p.m. Luncheon Invocation: U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black

2:44:15 p.m. Presentation of American flags to President and Vice President: Senator Dianne Feinstein

2:45:25 p.m. Presentation of Inaugural photographs to President and Vice President:

Senator Robert F. Bennett

2:48:00 p.m. Presentation of crystal bowls to President and Vice President: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

2:51:25 to 2:56:16 p.m. Comments by President Barack H. Obama

2:57:05 to 2:58:21 p.m. Comments by Vice President Joe Biden

3:01:38 p.m. End of Luncheon, immediately preceded by Benediction: U.S. House of

Representatives Chaplain Reverend Daniel Coughlin

 

President Barack H. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk during parade:

            4:03:49 to 4:11:01 p.m. and 4:27:07 to 4:33:55 p.m.

4:37:52 p.m. President Barack H. Obama arrives at White House

4:56:56 p.m. President Barack H. Obama arrives at parade reviewing stand


* Glenn A. Walsh formerly was Astronomical Observatory Coordinator and a Planetarium Lecturer at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and formerly was a Life Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

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Chronology: American Presidential Inauguration of Barack H. Obama (2009)

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