Today's Inauguration Timeline
Crowd of up to 800K expected to watch Obama take oath
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 4:09 AM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2013 5:26 AM CST
The West Front of the US Capitol is dressed in red, white and blue for President Obama's public inauguration ceremony.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Today, President Obama will become just the 17th president to deliver a second inaugural address and a crowd of up to 800,000 is expected to watch him take the oath of office—though the real inauguration happened yesterday. A guide to today's events, as per Reuters and the AP (all times EST):

  • 8:45am: The Obamas and Bidens attend a service at St. John's Episcopal Church.
  • 9am: Former presidents, members of Congress, governors, and other dignitaries begin to arrive at the Capitol.
  • 9:30am: Musical performance from the fifth-grade chorus of Staten Island, New York's Public School 22.
  • 10am: The US Marine Band performs.
  • 11:35am: Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, gives the invocation, followed by a performance from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

  • 11:46am: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor again administers the oath of office to Joe Biden, followed by a performance from singer James Taylor.
  • 11:55am: Chief Justice John Roberts again administers the oath of office to President Obama using two Bibles, one from President Lincoln and the other from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 11:56am: The US Marine Band performs "Hail to the Chief," followed by a 21-gun salute.
  • 12pm: President Obama delivers the inaugural address, followed by a performance from singer Kelly Clarkson.
  • 12:26pm: Richard Blanco reads a poem
  • 12:30pm: The benediction is delivered by the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church, followed by Beyonce singing the national anthem.
  • 2:32pm: After the inaugural luncheon, Obama reviews the troops and begins the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
  • 6pm: The Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
  • 6:30pm: The Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

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Jan 21, 2013 11:50 AM CST
I'm so happy for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama! What a wonderful celebration! I wish I could be there to witness this historic event! I'm so proud to be an American and alive during todays Martin Luther King day and Presidential inaugeration! The entire world is celebrating with us!
Jan 21, 2013 9:26 AM CST
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Jan 21, 2013 7:54 AM CST
Hey haters... your obsession makes you a slave to your hate... a slave to Obama.