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Presidential Inaugural Committee

The Presidential Inaugural Committee, at the direction of President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, will organize an inclusive and accessible inauguration that reflects the new Administration's commitment to leadership that sets aside partisanship and unites the nation around our shared values and ideals.

Inaugural Blog

Watch the Swearing-in Ceremony on the Web

Don’t miss it when Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office next Tuesday, January 20th. As part of our commitment to making this the most open inauguration in history, we’ll be streaming the swearing-in ceremony on our site using Microsoft’s Silverlight.

You can view high quality Silverlight streams, in full screen, and enjoy related inaugural video content.

As long as you have an Internet connection, you’ll be able to watch the ceremony as if you were there. Visit on Tuesday, January 20th to watch the swearing-in live. 

The swearing-in ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. ET on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Take a look at the rest of the scheduled events for Inaugural Weekend.

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National Prayer Service Will Draw from Different Faith Traditions

We just put out this press release with more details about the National Prayer Service the day following the Inauguration:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as part of an Inauguration for all Americans, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the spiritual leaders from the diverse array of our nation’s religious traditions who will participate in the National Prayer Service on Wednesday, January 21st.    The National Prayer Service, a tradition dating back to the Inauguration of George Washington, will be held at the National Cathedral at the conclusion of the inaugural activities.    The service will include scripture readings, prayers, hymns and blessings delivered by faith leaders from across the United States.

“President-elect Obama’s faith is a central part of his life and he will begin the first full day of his Administration with a service of interfaith prayer and reflection,“ said Presidential Inaugural Committee Communications Director Josh Earnest.  “The National Prayer Service, which will embody the themes of tolerance, unity and understanding, is a worship service for all Americans. “

The National Prayer Service will include a traditional prayer for civil leaders, a prayer for the nation, a selection by the Washington, D.C.-based Children of the Gospel Children’s Choir, and, for the first time, feature a sermon delivered by a woman.

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A Message from DC Mayor Fenty

District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty wanted to share this message with you…

On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I want to welcome everyone coming to the nation’s capital for the 56th Presidential Inauguration. This Inauguration promises to be like no other in history.

As you begin preparing for your visit to our great city, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to properly plan and be prepared for what to expect when you arrive. I encourage you to plan every step of your trip from packing your bags to your arrival into the city.

The city is bracing for record-breaking crowds on January 20 and we expect an unprecedented number of visitors to enter the city during the days leading up to it. Please take a look at for tips and valuable information to better help you plan your trip. You also can visit to find other helpful information relating to the Inauguration.

Good luck planning your trip. I look forward to seeing you soon.

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