Inauguration 2009

For Miamians, D.C. bus trip passes torch to a generation

For Eufaula Frazier of Miami, taking seven children to see the inauguration of the first black president signifies a "passing of the torch.'' | 01/20/09 07:06:57 By - Beth Reinhard

Artists find inspiration in Obama's journey to White House

The 2008 presidential election couldn't have come at a better time for University of Kentucky senior Chelsea Tull. "I'm drawn to politics, especially with this election," the 21-year-old studio art major says. | 01/20/09 06:54:14 By - Rich Copley

Inaugurals 'Hymn to Freedom' penned by Floridian

"Hymn to Freedom," a song born during the American Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, will be among six performed by the combined San Francisco Boys and Girls choruses during ceremonies for Barack Obamas inauguration today. | 01/20/09 06:25:58 By - James A. Jones Jr.

Beaufort teacher will see inauguration first hand

While her students watch the ceremony today on television, Beaufort, Ga.'s Whale Branch Middle School teacher Chavon Coleman will witness in person the swearing-in of the nation's 44th president. | 01/20/09 06:05:15 By - Kate Cerve

Idahoans make pilgrimage to witness history

The Idaho Democrats, outnumbered by Republicans back at home, savored the energy of a city swelled by hundreds of thousands of like-minded people intent on witnessing the historic swearing-in of the nation's first African-American president. | 01/19/09 21:32:40 By - Erika Bolstad

Leonard Pitts: Lincoln might not have welcomed Obama's election

When Obama was elected in November, every third political cartoonist seemed to use an image of a celebrating Lincoln to comment upon the milestone that had occurred. But Lincoln likely would have been appalled. He was a 19th century white man who famously said in 1858 that "there is a physical difference between the white and black races, which ... will forever forbid the two races living together upon terms of social and political equality.'' | 01/19/09 20:28:28 By - Leonard Pitts Jr.

Watch Obama's inauguration live at McClatchy

McClatchy will begin streaming live video of the Obama inauguration ceremonies at 11 a.m. EST. | 01/19/09 16:39:55 By -

Swarms arrive for inauguration filled with expectations, hope

They came, they shivered, they soaked up the history and they plotted their moves for Inauguration Day. Downtown Washington took on the vibe of a history-making carnival, complete with vendors hawking Obama wares from the backs of trucks. Outside the White House, the mood was of that of a state fair midway. | 01/19/09 19:11:00 By - Chris Adams

In D.C., Washington state residents thrilled on eve of inauguration

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of Washington state residents gathered in the other Washington on the eve of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th and first black president. | 01/19/09 17:30:00 By - Les Blumenthal

For Valley residents, a chance to be part of history

WASHINGTON -- Josh Dunton is 14. The Fresno resident could live to see another presidential inauguration, but the odds appear against it. | 01/19/09 18:11:00 By - Michael Doyle

Americans confident in Obama as his big day arrives

America changes course today. Barack Obama of Illinois will take office as the nation's 44th president at noon EST in a simple yet elegant ceremony that will mark a peaceful transfer of power. He does so at a time of unusual peril, with a sputtering economy at home and U.S. troops still in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama spent his last day as a private citizen Monday in symbolic gestures meant to highlight the deeds of others, including a visit with wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, working with volunteers at a Washington shelter for homeless teens and attending a dinner honoring his Republican rival for the presidency, Sen. John McCain. | 01/19/09 17:17:00 By - Steven Thomma

Bush calls world leaders on final full day in office

George W. Bush, whose presidency was punctuated by the cacophony of the disputed 2000 election, the shock and awe of two wars and the howling ill winds of Hurricane Katrina, spent a quiet final full day in the White House on Monday privately contacting world leaders to thank them for their hospitality. | 01/19/09 15:29:00 By - William Douglas and David Lightman

Florida musician adds his touch to Obama gift

Jeff Mosby's artistic touch was sought on a gift for the man elected the 44th president of the United States. Mosby, owner of Mosby Guitars Inc. in Socastee, added a script mother-of-pearl inlay of Barack Obama's last name to a ukulele made for the president-elect. Obama and his family vacationed during Christmas in his native Aloha State. | 01/19/09 14:37:13 By - Steve Palisin

Gotta see history in the making

John Henry Smith was in the crowd so far away from President-elect Barack Obama that he could barely see him on the large video screen, and his words were a nearly inaudible echo by the time they reached him. It didnt matter. | 01/19/09 13:59:26 By - Geoff Pender

Congressman gleefully admits he was wrong about Obama

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mel Watt was so wrong, and he's glad about that. | 01/19/09 13:44:00 By - Lisa Zagaroli

Californians flocking to Washington for inauguration

The security bins, overflowed with heavy coats and high boots, were packed tight on the conveyor belt. Their rounded edges formed a dull, gray chain link at the security lines in San Francisco International Airport on Sunday morning. | 01/19/09 07:43:00 By - Dannielle Gaines

Obama & Me: Future president left a lasting impression

Have you met the future president? A lot of folks in Belleville, Ill., have. | 01/19/09 07:31:30 By - Maureen Houston

Raleigh residents see inauguration

On Monday they will board northbound buses, joining thousands of others from all directions, a rolling motorcade pointed toward history. | 01/19/09 07:21:09 By - Matt Ehlers

It's party time in the capital to celebrate Obama's rise

On the eve of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday celebration and the approach of his own historic swearing-in as president, Barack Obama stood Sunday in front of the Lincoln Memorial, evoked the country's heroes and heritage and told the nation that "the dream of our founders will live on in time." | 01/19/09 01:03:14 By - David Lightman and Margaret Talev

For Californians, even the parties are about politics

In the celebratory spirit surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration, policy substance and political maneuvering co-exist with partying that can range from stately to the slightly mad cap. Cards get swapped at parties. Relationships are formed. Courtesies are traded: it's work. | 01/18/09 23:11:36 By - Michael Doyle

New media options air their own inaugurations

At Barack Obama's inauguration, every twelve-year-old with a cell phone will be a reporter. Bloggers will be blogging, YouTubers will be YouTubing, Twitterers will be tweeting. But among the many media services, amateur and otherwise, a few fresh options stand out. | 01/18/09 18:09:16 By - Maria Tucker

Will Obama's race help or hurt black America?

Two days before Obama's inauguration, the complicated conversation among black scholars, social critics, activists and ordinary people bound by their shared history is about whether a black president is uniquely qualified to address the national black agenda, a loose framework of core issues, including income disparity, inferior healthcare, academic achievement gaps and gun violence. Or will his race hamper progress? | 01/18/09 13:53:30 By - Audra D.S. Burch

Celebrations begin as Obama's inauguration nears

Barack Obama officially arrived in Washington on Saturday aftera four-stop train ride from Philadelphia that drew thousands of spectators along the way. Throughout the trip, Obama invoked themes of history, determination and common purpose, echoing the language of his campaign and perhaps previewing his inaugural address on Tuesday. | 01/17/09 16:27:00 By - Margaret Talev

Americans flock to D.C. to be part of Obama's inauguration

Entering the city on planes, trains, buses and automobiles, people crowded into a capital so swelled with visitors that the cell phone waiting lot at National Airport had a line of cars waiting for a space. In downtown Washington, visitors saw patriotic bunting hanging everywhere, almost as ubiquitous as the portable toilets lined up from the Capitol grounds to the White House in preparation for crowds expected to be as many as 2 million. | 01/17/09 16:15:00 By - Erika Bolstad and Jack Chang

Text of Obama's remarks in Baltimore

Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama - As prepared for delivery, Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour, Baltimore, Maryland, January 17, 2009 | 01/17/09 16:05:39 By -

VIDEO REPORT: Six key speeches by Barack Obama

Barack Obama will give his most important speech on Tuesday, when he becomes the first African-American to become president of the United States, but it won't be the first important speech of Obama's political career. Here are six key speeches of Obama, from his 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, when he was an Illinois state legislator, to his victory speech Nov. 4, 2008, in Chicago's Grant Park. | 01/17/09 15:36:02 By -

Capital awash in Obama bling and bobble-heads

WASHNGTON — Barack Obama inaugural souvenirs are selling at three times the rate of the previous record holder, Bill Clinton, according to vendor Jim Warlick, veteran of eight inaugurals. | 01/17/09 13:51:00 By - Katherine Tandler

Obama calls for renewal as inaugural festivities begin

Barack Obama on Saturday began a journey filled with symbolism that will bring him officially to Washington D.C. for his inauguration as the first African-American president on Tuesday. The journey by train — a nod to Obama's political hero Abraham Lincoln, who made the same trip by train 148 years ago — started in Philadelphia. Obama recalled Philadelphia's role as the birthplace of America and said "the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed" in 1776 are needed today. | 01/17/09 00:03:00 By - Margaret Talev

Who's not excited about Obama's inauguration? We found one

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration promises to be a star-studded affair and lawmakers plan on putting aside partisan differences to join in the festivities. | 01/17/09 06:00:00 By - Halimah Abdullah

Obama inauguration beyond dreams of civil rights generation

Palmira Braswell, like many other members of the civil rights generation living in Georgia, views Obama's inauguration as a watershed moment akin to the 1963 march on Washington. They are the generation that witnessed firsthand the bloody and violent racial history Billie Holiday sang of in "Strange Fruit." They are also the generation that bore witness as their comrades and, later, their children went on to serve on the city council, state and federal offices. | 01/16/09 13:47:00 By - Halimah Abdullah

Dine like Obama: The wine pairings for the inaugural lunch

California vintners will provide the first wine to touch the lips of the new president on Tuesday. The first course, a seafood stew, will be complemented with a 2007 sauvignon blanc. The second course, pheasant and duck, will be served with a 2005 pinot noir. The third course, an apple cinnamon sponge cake, will come with a special inaugural champagne. | 01/16/09 17:44:00 By - Rob Hotakainen

Many workers plan to take time off for Obama's inauguration

Don't be surprised if your mail is late, the doctor seems preoccupied or your professor cancels class on Tuesday. Regardless of profession, many South Florida workers plan to watch the historic presidential inauguration live, even it if means hiding out from the boss. | 01/16/09 16:11:54 By - Cindy Krischer Goodman

Tuskegee Airmen from South Florida to celebrate new commander-in-chief

Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave the world his dream and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, the Tuskegee Airmen dared to fly. As the country's first black fighter pilot squadron, they were the test case for whether race truly colored one's ability to steer a military plane. | 01/16/09 15:13:53 By - Robert Samuels

Obama photographer got started at K-State

Photographer Pete Souza came to Kansas from Boston looking for a tornado to shoot. "He talked funny, because he kept putting R's in words they didn't belong in -- like idea," said Julie Doll, editor of the Collegian newspaper at Kansas State University in the late 1970s, when Souza came to study for a master's degree in journalism. | 01/16/09 07:26:08 By - Beccy Tanner

History, life lessons await honored Raleigh teens

With the onslaught of junk mail invading mailboxes, the Pearson family was skeptical when their oldest son, Willie, received a letter inviting him to Tuesday's presidential inauguration. | 01/16/09 07:17:19 By - Bonnie Rochman

Inauguration, here they come from Kansas

Joann Wyatt, 70, can remember, she said, how she had to go five miles to a two-room segregated school in Armourdale. She remembers not knowing if there would ever be a black American president. | 01/16/09 07:11:42 By - Joe Robertson

Once again, National Mall will take its place in history

Bruce Lightner was still in high school when he sneaked out of his home in Raleigh, N.C., before dawn the morning of Aug. 28, 1963. | 01/15/09 14:30:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Modesto high school groups head to Washington to watch inauguration

In only a few days, dozens of Modesto-area students will witness a landmark in our nation's history. Either through their schools or other organizations, the students are going to Washington for the presidential inauguration. Groups from Johansen and Modesto high schools will attend. | 01/15/09 12:29:43 By - Victoria Pardini

Inauguration at home: Party food

Inauguration balls are all glam and glitter until you come to the food. Then it's pretty basic, say Washington, D.C., caterers. Think finger food, cash bars and long, long lines. Even for the Obamas -- except for the long lines. | 01/15/09 07:44:37 By - Loretto J. Hulse

AF cadet from Tacoma to march in inaugural parade

A Puyallup, Wash. native attending the Air Force Academy will march in next weeks inaugural parade. | 01/15/09 07:38:47 By - Scott Fontaine

Prayer issue hangs over inauguration

The traditional element of prayer at the presidential inauguration can't seem to find universal blessing this year. | 01/15/09 07:15:47 By - Jennifer Garza

For blacks, bar is raised and in reach

Nothing will change for black Americans on Tuesday, when the first black president takes office. They will wake up in the same homes, go to work at the same jobs, face the same obstacles. And yet, some Raleigh residents say, everything will be different. Many say that Obama's success has prompted them to re-examine what is possible in their own lives, or given them a nudge to pursue ambitious goals. | 01/15/09 07:11:45 By - Kristin Collins

Bailed-out Wall Street helps float Obama inauguration

The watchdog group Public Citizen says nearly 80 percent of the $35.3 million raised by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to date has come from 211 wealthy donors, including a number from Wall Street firms benefiting from the mushrooming federal bailout. | 01/14/09 20:21:06 By - Greg Gordon

Solid as Barack: How 1980s hit song became Obama tribute

Some may call it a case of life imitating art, or a dose of excessive political enthusiasm, but singer-songwriters Ashford & Simpson call it a labor of love. | 01/14/09 16:58:00 By - William Douglas

Good golly! Spider-Man exposes Obama impostor

Spider-Man saves Barack Obama's inauguration in a limited-edition Marvel comic that drew snaking lines of fans to comic shops across the country Wednesday. Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics' editor in chief, came up with the plot line after the geek-in-chief-elect confessed to being a big Spider-Man fan in an pop-culture survey in October. | 01/14/09 17:12:00 By - Maria Tucker

Where does Obama fit in the Pantheon of presidential eaters?

If the characters of American leaders are revealed in their appetites, Barack Obama is the president from Whole Foods. His recipe for chili includes a ground turkey option instead of beef — only a pound in either case, mind you — and calls for barely enough chili powder to make a parakeet sneeze. | 01/13/09 14:37:00 By - Maria Tucker

Despite predictions, housing still to be found in D.C.

For all the procrastinators who've decided at the last minute that history is worth braving monumental crowds, bitterly cold weather and congressional-caliber gridlock, there's good news. | 01/13/09 14:25:00 By - Erika Bolstad

Hialeah Middle School bands headed to Washington

Members of Florida's Hialeah Middle School symphonic and jazz bands are gearing up for a trip they'll never forget: Next week, they'll travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in a student music festival. | 01/13/09 12:18:24 By - Kathleen McGrory

Obama's moment also belongs to young voters

Throughout the long campaign, a multiethnic coalition of millions of tech-savvy young voters used all the tools in their arsenal to convince friends, strangers and — yes, even their baby boomer parents - to vote for Obama. During the next few days, thousands of those young voters will make the pilgrimage to Washington witness Obamas inauguration. | 01/13/09 07:45:25 By - Halimah Abdullah

Obama's historic oath is D.C.'s hottest ticket

| 01/13/09 07:22:39 By - Ed Fletcher

Inaugural buzz builds

For such a solemn occasion - a vow to faithfully execute the office and to defend the Constitution of the United States -- an American presidential swearing-in can be a heck of a party. | 01/12/09 16:42:37 By - Martha Quillin

At Obama's inauguration, activists will walk a fine line

Peace activists in the nation's capital met for weeks last fall, brainstorming how they'd demonstrate their opposition at the inauguration of John McCain as president. Then Barack Obama won the election. What's a liberal protester to do? | 01/12/09 15:05:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Inauguration of Obama as president resonates in South

Keylon Simpkins, cooking catfish and country-fried steak at Ajax Diner in Oxford, Miss., said he really won't believe the United States has its first black president until Barack Obama takes the oath of office. | 01/12/09 14:58:00 By - James Rosen

Inauguration tickets: In the new D.C., money still talks

Fort Worth billionaire Robert Bass has hard-to-get tickets to the presidential inauguration that he got the old-fashioned way, through a hefty donation. Fort Worth resident Lynda Hill was an Obama supporter, too, but all her $250 contribution got her was a nice, formal inaugural invitation "suitable for framing." Shes going to the inauguration, anyway. | 01/12/09 14:12:51 By - Maria Recio

Obama inspires quilts

Marjorie Diggs Freeman was so inspired by Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention that she immediately began to design a quilt. The fabric artist had not been as moved by any political candidate since John F. Kennedy -- and that was more than four decades ago. | 01/12/09 07:28:45 By - Anne Blythe

'Yes We Can' inauguration cruise becomes a bus ride

For all the hope and optimism that brought it about, the ''Yes We Can 2009 Cruise,'' unfortunately, can't. The organizers of the cruise, which was originally aimed at providing an affordable way for South Florida Barack Obama campaign volunteers to attend his inauguration in Washington, D.C., were unable to gather enough people to commit to the eight-day boat trip. | 01/12/09 07:24:35 By - Casey Woods

With nation in historic funk, how will Obama inspire us?

Many presidents have faced threats from enemies abroad. Many, too, have confronted economic peril. However, few have faced what Barack Obama will have to address as president: a crisis of confidence that reaches deep into the country's soul. The first step toward recovery will be Obama himself, and the way he talks to the country. | 01/09/09 17:31:00 By - Steven Thomma

Will Obama shatter negative stereotypes of black men?

When President-elect Obama takes the oath of office Jan. 20, many are hoping that his historic term likewise will change the way that many Americans view black men — and the way that some black men view themselves. | 01/09/09 16:41:00 By - Tony Pugh

Dawn of Obama era forces Republicans to take stock

Republicans who just four years ago boasted of nearing "permanent majority rule" now watch a dynamic leader move into the White House at the helm of a resurgent Democratic Party with new footholds in longtime Republican bastions. | 01/09/09 13:17:00 By - James Rosen

Inaugural parade will be a mirror of America

WASHINGTON — They must command their instruments, batons, headgear — and in one case synchronized lawn mowers — keeping in time and in tune as they follow new President Barack Obama through the January air from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. | 01/09/09 00:37:00 By - Margaret Talev

Obama to become president amid tightest security ever

Barack Obama will be sworn in as America's first African-American president under the tightest security ever, shielded by a new, heavily armored Cadillac limousine, bullet-resistant glass, fighter planes overhead and Secret Service SWAT teams toting automatic weapons. | 01/08/09 15:41:00 By - Greg Gordon

Getting around D.C. during inauguration requires planning

All roads will lead to Washington on Inauguration Day, but many of them will be closed. With packed trains, buses and planes, how will as many as 2 million people who are hoping to witness history crowd into a city whose subway system usually accommodates 718,000 a day? | 01/08/09 15:11:00 By - Erika Bolstad

When night falls on Inauguration Day, it's time to party

Inauguration Day is for history and ceremony, with the oath of office, the inaugural address, the parade and maybe an official act or two by the new president. Inauguration night, on the other hand, is all about the parties. | 01/08/09 14:37:00 By - Margaret Talev

Alaskan band will march in D.C. parade on the cheap

Supporters say the Colony High School band will march before millions in the presidential inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., even if they have to pull out their own credit cards to get there. | 01/08/09 14:09:50 By - Zaz Hollander

Inauguration worries: For Jennifer Griffith, it's all about details

Jennifer Griffith is planning a formal event for 240,000 people, and with just 10 days to go, her to-do list is four pages long. At night, she tosses and turns, worrying about security. Griffith is in the thick of the planning for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration — selecting the menu for the inaugural luncheon for a political who's who; designing the inauguration tickets; figuring out how to get Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members, lawmakers, diplomats and hundreds of others on and off the platform; and arranging the departure ceremony for President George W. Bush. . | 01/08/09 00:27:00 By - Les Blumenthal

Military's inauguration planner wants a perfect day

Army Capt. Jason Ruffin has a problem: Where do you put 13,000 marchers — and counting — if for some reason the route for the inaugural parade suddenly has to change midway through? All those high school marching bands from all over the country, the service academy band, the military color guards, the horseback unit of the Border Patrol. | 01/08/09 00:26:00 By - David Goldstein

Move over, boomer presidents: A new generation takes charge

When President Kennedy said the torch had been passed to a new generation in the 1960s, the baby-boomers who were beginning to grow up then figured it was their time, and they spent most of the decade noisily trying to do just that in ways that have split the culture ever since. | 01/08/09 01:17:00 By - David Goldstein

Inauguration: Florida official will wear gown bought for Gore fete

When Stacy Ritter shows up at Florida's official presidential inaugural ball in the nation's capital, she'll be wearing a gown she purchased eight years ago in anticipation of an Al Gore victory. ''I wasn't going to wear it to anything but an inauguration,'' said Ritter, who's now the mayor of Florida's Broward County. | 01/08/09 07:17:31 By - Lesley Clark

York church helps black neighbors witness history

A lot of people, of all colors and certainly blacks, want to go to Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20. Included in that hope were more than 30 from St. John Baptist Church in the small western York County town of Sharon. | 01/08/09 07:44:40 By - Andrew Dys

Obama's new home was slow to accept integration

Not too long ago, Barack Obama would have found when he moved his family to Washington that his daughters couldn't try on clothes or shoes at most local department stores or eat at downtown lunch counters. They couldn't see a play at the National Theatre or a movie just a block or two from the White House. If a family pet died, it would have to be buried at a blacks-only cemetery. | 01/08/09 00:25:00 By - David Lightman

Michelle Obama's choice of inaugural gown is big gossip topic

Inauguration Day will belong to President Barack Obama, but that night will be wife Michelle's turn in the spotlight, as all eyes will be on her — and her choice of ball gown. | 01/07/09 14:12:00 By - Maria Recio

K.C. family will ride train with Obama to inauguration

In August, the Girardeau family of Brookside hosted the soon to be Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, at in their home. On Jan. 17, the president-elect will return the favor, hosting them and 15 other families on the train ride he plans from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. | 01/07/09 07:04:47 By - Steve Kraske

Washington's trendy U Street shows path of racial progress

If Barack Obama's election represents the promise of a post-racial America, the legacy of the neighborhood around 14th and U streets NW, about two miles north of the White House, is testament to the societal evolution that enabled Obama's ascent — from the end of slavery through desegregation, race riots, urban flight and gentrification. | 01/06/09 15:48:00 By - Margaret Talev

Whatever Obama accomplishes, his election was a breakthrough

Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration could be a line where future scholars mark the start of a new era of racial tolerance in America. At the same time, scholars and even Obama loyalists warn that the ultimate meaning of his ascension shouldn't be written into the history books just yet. | 01/06/09 15:42:00 By - David Lightman and William Douglas

Changing country sees its reflection in Obama

When Barack Obama lifts his hand from Abraham Lincoln's Bible at his inauguration, he won't be just the new president of the U.S. He'll be the face of a new era. He's not the cause of the changing times, either the upheaval in the land or the hunger for something new seen in the million or more faces who'll stream into Washington to watch him take the oath. | 01/06/09 15:13:00 By - Steven Thomma

Obama, Lincoln took similar paths to presidency

Barack Obama is bringing something unseen with him to Washington as he assumes the presidency: the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. From his campaign kickoff on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln was a legislator in his time, to his replication of the final leg of president-elect Lincoln's 1861 train trip to Washington, Obama has frequently invoked Lincoln almost as a mentor, a man whom he once said "is calling us still, across the ages." | 01/06/09 14:33:00 By - Steven Thomma

From Washington to Obama, 220 years of festivities (and fights)

Q. Where was the first inauguration? | 01/06/09 14:32:00 By - Tish Wells

A day comes that many didn't think they'd live to see

Obama's coming inauguration, now just 10 days away, have triggered euphoria, disbelief, a restoration of faith in an American system that hasn't always been worthy of it, a feeling that all things are possible no matter who, or what, you are. It's been mor than two months since Obama became the first African-American to be elected president, but the emotions among African-Americans, especially the elderly, are as vivid and fresh as if it were still Nov. 4. | 01/06/09 13:00:00 By - William Douglas

Past inaugurations have produced many memorable moments

The inauguration of the first African-American president will long be remembered as a momentous day in history, but many past inaugurals also have had memorable moments. | 01/06/09 00:52:00 By - Robert S. Boyd

As Obama prepares inaugural address, he might consult past ones

When Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address as the nation's first African-American president, he'll be building on 220 years of tradition in which his predecessors also made speechmaking firsts. | 01/06/09 00:53:00 By - Margaret Talev

Review: Policy's important but so are Obama's clothes

President-elect Barack Obama radiates a certain stylistic sophistication that's at once Kennedyesque in its reverence for clean-cut, American style and modern in its confident embrace of a look that's both effortless and urbane. Some hope his style will encourage younger African-Americans to "pull their pants up." | 01/06/09 00:57:00 By - Halimah Abdullah

Space available on some inaugural bus tours

For Midlands residents who are still considering attending the presidential inauguration, there is room on a number of buses headed for Washington, D.C., according to tour bus companies and groups that have organized trips to the nation's capital. And the cost is not as expensive as you might think. | 01/06/09 07:31:19 By - Leroy Chapman Jr.

Obamas to attend 10 balls on night of inauguration

The presidential inaugural committee will announce today that the Obamas will attend 10 inaugural balls, including five arranged by regions — for the South, Midwest, the West, the East and the Mid-Atlantic states. There will also be a ball for young people 18 to 35 and one each for Obama's home states of Hawaii and Illinois. | 01/06/09 07:00:00 By - Lesley Clark

S.C. re-enactor to march in black unit at Obama inauguration

Now, with the nation about to swear in its first black president, Joseph McGill, 47, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Charleston, has been asked to participate in an inaugural march with other African-American troops of the famed 54th Massachusetts re-enactors who hail from that state. | 01/05/09 07:31:00 By - Wayne Washington

Bush first ex-prez to face limit on Secret Service protection

President Bush's post-presidency is shaping up to be pretty comfortable, with a Dallas office, staffers, Secret Service protection, a travel budget, medical coverage and a $196,700 annual pension, all at taxpayers' expense. But Bush won't get one perk previous ex-presidents have received: lifetime Secret Service protection. Under new law, Bush's protection expires after 10 years. | 01/04/09 14:01:00 By - Maria Recio

S. Carolina celebrants to descend on Washington

South Carolinians who gave Barack Obama a decisive primary victory in the Palmetto State are joining a national migration to Washington to see the first black president sworn into office. | 01/02/09 19:08:34 By - Wayne Washington and James Rosen

J.P. Taravella Band needs funds for trip to inauguration

Members of the J.P. Taravella High School Marching Band have spent the holidays washing cars, hitting up friends and family for cash and learning a new piece of music to play in the parade that will follow President Barack Obama's inauguration. | 01/02/09 07:07:23 By - Hannah Sampson

Colony band close to Inauguration goal

The Mat-Su Borough School Board didn't give Colony High School band director Jamin Burton the $25,000 he needed to get the state's only marching band to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Day parade. | 12/31/08 06:55:46 By - Stephanie Komarnitsky

Boise woman reflects on broader meaning of the presidential election

Though her father lived to 104 - almost long enough to witness Barack Obama's rise - Yvonne McCoy saw him cry only once. Henry McCoys tears fell on an autumn day in 1960, when he told his youngest child he could not vote for John F. Kennedy because he was a black man and lived in Petersburg, Va. | 12/30/08 15:26:03 By - Dan Popkey

Fort Riley soldiers, horses part of inauguration

Training will begin in earnest next week for 14 geldings from Kansas who will appear in the inauguration parade in Washington D.C. They are preparing for frigid weather, large and potentially unruly crowds, and icy streets dotted by dangerous manhole covers, subway grates and steam vents. | 12/30/08 07:35:19 By - Fred Mann

Florida Obama donor shares in inauguration festivities

After contributing what he says was "lots" to Obama's presidential campaign, Raul Pedraza, a Miami business owner, has pledged $50,000 to defray the costs of producing an inauguration expected to draw two million people to the Capitol. For his contribution, Pedraza will have access to all the festivities. | 12/29/08 07:09:34 By - Lesley Clark

Can't find a ride to Washington for Jan. 20? Book a boat

Unable to find affordable transportation to and lodging in the nation's capital for President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration, one group of Obama supporters came up with a unique way to travel and stay in style: a ship. The cruise highlights the transportation and housing crunch that's developing for those wanting to attend the inauguration. | 12/19/08 17:25:00 By - William Douglas

Olympia native sweats the details of the inauguration

WASHINGTON -- Jennifer Griffith is planning a formal event for 240,000 people, and with less than a month to go her to-do list is four pages long. | 12/19/08 00:52:00 By - Les Blumenthal

Inauguration ticket requests still flooding Congress

Across Capitol Hill, congressional offices of both parties have been struggling to accommodate thousands of requests from constituents, figuring out the best way to dole out tickets. Rep. Brad Miller felt so bad about turning people away that hes showing the inaugural ceremonies live at a local theater for those who didnt get tickets. | 12/17/08 20:38:52 By - Barbara Barrett

Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma will perform at inauguration

Aretha Franklin. Yo-Yo Ma. The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. They're all part of the entertainment for the presidential inauguration Jan. 20. | 12/17/08 13:47:00 By - Rob Hotakainen

Who's paying for Obama's inauguration? Lots of people

Nearly 1,800 people have contributed $1.17 million to the transition office as of Nov. 15, according to a report released by Obama earlier this month. About 240 donors have contributed $9.7 million so far to the committee that's planning Obama's Jan. 20 swearing in and related festivities, according to records released Friday. | 12/15/08 08:01:20 By - Lisa Zagaroli

Inauguration: BOUND FOR D.C.

Brooke Goree and Greg Barr can't wait to see Washington, D.C., in reverse. As drum majors for the Petal High School Band, the seniors will be marching down Pennsylvania Avenue backward, leading their musical classmates in the 56th inaugural parade on Jan. 20. | 12/15/08 07:33:08 By - Donna Harris

Cal Poly exec quilts for exhibition for inauguration

Denise Campbells latest quilt is a study in celebration. Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama dance, shout and cry with joy. It will be displayed in Washington, D.C., as part of the exhibition "Quilts for Obama: Celebrating the Inauguration of Our 44th President." | 12/09/08 18:13:29 By - Sarah Linn

11th-grader earns trip to inauguration in D.C.

Haidar Ali Anwar, a 16-year-old Livingston High School junior, doesn't yet have his driver's license -- but he does have the hottest ticket in town. | 12/09/08 07:31:00 By - Danielle Gaines

Soldiers land tickets to Obama inaugural

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Williams schooled his three children on the presidential campaign every night after he picked them up from day care on his way home from work. Even 2-year-old David, when his father showed him a photograph of the Democratic candidate, would say, "Bawack Obama!" | 12/08/08 16:16:15 By - David Goldstein

D.C.'s Mall to be opened to handle huge inauguration crowd

With more than a million people expected to descend upon Washington for President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing in, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that the entire length of the National Mall will be open to the public for the first time to accommodate the anticipated overflow crowd. | 12/04/08 17:09:48 By - William Douglas and Lisa Zagaroli

Texans prove willing to help pay the price for presidential transition

John Dunn wants to make sure the candidate he supported President-elect Barack Obama has an easy transition to power come Jan. 20. | 12/02/08 07:04:50 By - Anna M. Tinsley

Want to sell something? Put Obama's face on it

As the federal government tries to revive the nation's ailing economy, President-Elect Barack Obama is proving to be a one-man stimulus package. Tight-fisted consumers are separating themselves from their cash for Obama memorabilia, for travel to witness his Jan. 20 inauguration and even for rental housing in the Washington area as hotel rooms are becoming hard to find. | 11/26/08 00:59:00 By - William Douglas

American Airlines will hold Inaugural reception in DC

American Airlines drops $40,000 for inauguration reception. Politico reports that Fort Worth-based American Airlines has committed $40,000 for an event at the Illinois State Societys Inaugural Gala." | 11/25/08 14:30:23 By - Aman Batheja

Inauguration balls, concerts and more

When June Bond and her other Spartanburg GOP friends planned their bus trip to the inauguration, this was their vision: 75 McCain supporters bonding on the ride to Washington. But McCain didn't win. Now 75 percent on the bus are Democrats. | 11/25/08 14:14:10 By - Tonya Jameson

Early transition? Obama takes the lead in economic crisis

Barack Obama is taking a more active role in the economic crisis, leaking the name of his Treasury secretary Friday, in part to stem fears in the stock market; announcing a major stimulus package in his address Saturday, and on Sunday letting it be known that he'll announce his economic team on Monday. That's a reversal from his pledge to leave President Bush to handle the economic crisis until Jan. 20. | 11/23/08 19:49:00 By - James Rosen

Washington's subway begins planning for inauguration crush

Washington's subway is taking steps to move the crush of visitors expected in the city for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama. | 11/21/08 15:06:30 By -

California teen holds rare prize — ticket to inauguration

In a lot of ways, Izzak Mireles is a typical 13-year-old kid. He plays soccer, likes to listen to music, competes in track and cross country, and has a doting mother. But Izzak is different from most 13-year-olds. He's going to the presidential inauguration in January. | 11/20/08 07:28:02 By -

30 Washington state students attending inauguration

About 30 Kennewick students won't have to settle for watching history unfold on TV when the country's first black president is sworn into office in January. They're traveling to Washington, D.C., to tour the nation's capital and watch Barack Obama be inaugurated as the 44th U.S. president | 11/19/08 07:28:19 By - Sara Schilling

Sacramento locals vie for the hottest ticket in D.C.

There's a lot of bad news and a little good news for thousands of locals hoping to be in the nation's capital in January, watching first-hand as Barack Obama is sworn in as president of the United States. | 11/19/08 06:57:05 By - Ed Fletcher

Demand for inaugural tickets far exceeds supply

Good luck at getting inaugural tickets. Demand far outstrips supply and grows more heated by the day. Lawmakers must figure out how to distribute what they have. First come, first served is one solution. Pure chance is another. Political connections can help, but not always. | 11/17/08 17:23:00 By - Michael Doyle

D.C.'s big Obama dilemma: What to do with the crowds?

As many as 1.5 million people may come to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, according to official estimates. That's five times the number that showed up for President Bush's two inaugurations. Congressional offices report they're overwhelmed by requests for the 240,000 free tickets to the event, hotel rooms are being snapped up, and some D.C. residents are making room for dozens of relatives and friends. And, of course, there are those seeking to profit. | 11/11/08 16:38:00 By - William Douglas

Obama visits Bush at White House for private chat

President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama, who was visiting the Oval Office for the first time, conducted cordial, wide-ranging talks Monday on economic and national security issues, but spokeswomen had little to say afterward. | 11/10/08 18:33:00 By - David Lightman

Since 1789, inauguration has held special symbolic place in civic life

Some have been inspiring and many have been as dull as dishwater. A few have been short; one was long enough to kill the featured guest. They've included the revered and the reviled. Many have touched the soul with poetry; one included an assassin in the audience, stalking his prey. | 01/17/05 03:00:00 By - Steven Thomma

Memorable quotes from inaugural addresses

Presidents have used their inaugural addresses to inspire the nation and mark turning points of history. | 01/17/05 03:00:00 By - Steven Thomma

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