Monday, January 21, 2013

Full Schedule: 57th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, Jan. 21, 2013

Today President Obama and the First Family, and Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, joined by hundreds of thousands of citizens, will participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  The full detailed schedule follows, including the order of the ceremony with speakers and performers.

 President Obama and the First Family will begin the day with an 8:45 AM church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Known as "The President's Church," St. John's is located across Lafayette Square Park from the White House, and the First Family has worshipped there before.

At 10:45 AM, the First Family will depart the White House for the United States Capitol, where the President will again be sworn in on the West Front at 11:20 AM. The President will deliver his Inaugural Address at approximately 11:50 AM.

At 1:05 PM, the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will attend the Inaugural Luncheon in National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building.  The luncheon menu.

At 2:40 PM, the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will march in the inaugural parade, which goes along Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues.  At 3:45 PM the First Family, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will watch the inaugural parade from the presidential reviewing stand in Front of the North Lawn of the White House.

In the evening, the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will attend the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball at 8:45 PM and The Inaugural Ball at 9:10 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

                          57th Presidential Inauguration

*Church Service - 8:45 AM 
St. John’s Episcopal Church
President Obama and the First Family, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden will attend. 

*President, First Family Depart White House for US Capitol -10:45 AM

*Ceremonial Swearing-in - 11:30 AM 
West Steps, US Capitol

President Obama will place his hand on two bibles, one owned by President Abraham Lincoln, the other by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and again recite the 35-word presidential oath of office written in the Constitution. Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden Family Bible. 

Musical Selections
The United States Marine Band
PS 22, Staten Island 

New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, D-NY


Myrlie Evers-Williams

Musical Selection

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President Biden
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor

Musical Selection
James Taylor
- 'America The Beautiful'

Oath of Office Administered to President Obama

By Supreme Cout Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address   
President Obama

Musical Selection

Kelly Clarkson
- 'My Country 'Tis of Thee'

Inaugural Poem

Richard Blanco


Rev. Luis Leon

The National Anthem


*Inaugural Luncheon - 1:05 PM

National Statuary Hall, US Capitol
Immediately following the ceremonial swearing-in on at the West Steps, President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of their families will attend an inaugural luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The Luncheon is an Inaugural tradition that dates back to President William McKinley’s first inauguration in 1897.  The full menu and details.

A painting by Ferdinand Richard of Niagara Falls, selected by the Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, will serve as a backdrop for the head table. Music will be provided by the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music. The President and Vice President will be presented with official gifts from the Congress on behalf of the American people.

*Inaugural Parade - 2:40 PM
Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues to The White House

The Inaugural Parade includes participants representing each of the five branches of the Armed Services, all 50 states, and a variety of national groups—representing the best of American service and values. Led by the President, Vice President, and a traditional military Presidential escort, it will begin at the east front of the Capitol, then west on Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, followed by north on 15th Street and west on Pennsylvania Avenue past the Presidential Reviewing Stand. 

*Parade Review, White House -  3:45 PM
After marching in the parade, the President and Vice President will be joined by their families, friends, and other guests and watch  the rest of the parade from the reviewing stand.

*Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball - 
8:45 PM

Washington Convention Center
In keeping with the tradition started by President Bush in 2005, President Obama will honor the brave men and women of our country’s armed services and their families at the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball. Invited guests include active duty and reserve service men and women, Medal of Honor recipients, and wounded warriors and their spouses, among others. 

*The Inaugural Ball -
 9:10 PM

Washington Convention Center
The largest ball the President and Mrs. Obama will attend will be spread across Halls A, B, C, D and E at the Convention Center.  A limited number of tickets were available to the public but are now sold out.