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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