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56th Inauguration Official Program

POSTED: December 23, 2008, 12:00 am

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Musical Selections

The Unites States Marine Band

Musical Selections

The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Diane Feinstein (D-CA)


Dr. Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection

Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The Honorable John Paul Stevens
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Musical Selection

John Williams, Composer/Arranger

Itzhak Perlmin, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Gabriela Montero, Piano
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Delivered to President-elect Barack H. Obama

The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Inaugural Address

The Honorable Barack Hussein Obama
The President of the United States


The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem

The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”