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Inauguration Blog Archive: January 2009


  • The Big Hillary 'Change'

    Hillary Clinton is no longer presidential, senatorial or even first lady-ish. Overnight, she has become Madame Secretary of State. Published January 22 2009

  • Wounded vets walk out during inaugural ball concert

    During a concert last night honoring the nation's veterans, a vocalist with George Clinton's band held up a white towel with large block letters saying "[Expletive] GEORGE," which some audience members took as a jab at the outgoing commander-in-chief. Published January 21 2009

  • National Park Service issues official crowd estimate

    The National Park Service says it will not contest an estimate of the crowd at the National Mall on Inauguration Day to be a record 1.8 million, and says it will use that figure when referring to the inauguration in the future. Published January 21 2009

  • 'Desperate Housewives' make the inaugural scene

    Pennsylvania Avenue could have been Wisteria Lane yesterday as four members of the "Desperate Housewives" team descended on Washington for inaugural festivities. Published January 21 2009

  • Protesters arrive at White House

    Pro-life group has message for President Obama. Published January 21 2009

  • World takes a close-up look on Obama's Day 1

    The world watched as Barack Obama took oath as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday and many foreigners in the District saw it up close. Published January 21 2009

  • Obama a sought-after guest

    Here are all the balls in the order that the Obamas went to them: Published January 21 2009

  • Obamas party with Delaware crowd

    The Biden home state ball was a much less glamorous affair than the Neighborhood Ball, with a cover band to warm things up for the Obamas, playing "Love Shack." Published January 20 2009

  • Some like it hot

    There are 10 hot tickets in town tonight for sure, but anyone who likes hip-hop was cramming into the Youth Ball for a chance to see Kanye West. Published January 20 2009

  • The new president and first lady electrify neighborhood ball

    Here is my pool report from the event: Published January 20 2009

  • Arts funding is a non-political cause

    Tony Goldwyn, co-president of the Creative Coalition, says that that it doesn't really matter whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the White House. Published January 20 2009

  • There's rhythm to Obama's speeches

    Barack Obama's speeches have a rhythm and lilt that are part of their appeal; he has made inspired use of quotes from the Bible to Abraham Lincoln to John F. Kennedy. Published January 20 2009

  • Michelle Obama's Inaugural outfit

    In a studied mix of high and low couture, Mrs. Obama paired her Isabel Toledo outfit with green gloves by J. Crew. Published January 20 2009

  • The Obamas take a little walk

    President Obama and his wife got out of their bulletproof limo and walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to wild cheers from the crowd. Published January 20 2009

  • Seen in the crowd: Fur, fur and more fur

    Mink coats may be politically incorrect in some circles, but on a 20-degree day spent outdoors, there is nothing warmer. Published January 20 2009

  • Mandela letter given to Obama

    Below is the text of a letter from former South African President Nelson Mandela -- the leader of the movement against apartheid -- which was handed to Barack Obama shortly before the ceremony. Published January 20 2009

  • Two very different inaugural prayers

    How the two preachers prayed during the inauguration Published January 20 2009

  • Fourth poet to read at an inauguration

    African American Denise Alexander became the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration. Published January 20 2009

  • 'Pick Myself Up'

    One of the most quotable lines from President Obama's inaugural address was likely inspired from a Depression-era musical comedy called "Swing Time." Published January 20 2009

  • Chief justice fumbles oath

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. glaringly fumbled the administration of the oath of office to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Published January 20 2009