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Overview of the Inauguration

The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office. The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including: a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade.

The inauguration will take place on January 20, 2009 in Washington D.C. on the steps of the United States Capitol. President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which states the following:

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will have already taken a similar oath.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is in charge of planning and executing the inauguration of our 44th president, Barack Obama. To find more information please visit their website. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is a separate committee from the Obama-Biden Transition Project.


11 Days to Go

It was a busy week at the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We launched a website dedicated to President-elect Obama’s call to Renew America Together:, and today General Colin Powell gave a press conference announcing the site to the public. In addition, we picked two enthusiastic student essayists, James and Tyrone Coleman, to attend the Inaugural Parade in a special viewing section.

There are 11 days left until Barack Obama takes office. We hope you enjoy your weekend and keep checking back here for official information about the Inauguration.

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General Colin Powell Formally Unveils Renew America Together Initiative

General Colin Powell formally announced today the Renew America Together initiative as part of President-elect Obama’s national call to service. Standing in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., Powell exhorted all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to revitalize our local communities, starting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is not only a day off but also as it’s been characterized for the last 14 years, it has been a day on. It’s a day to reach out to our fellow citizens in need.

He encouraged everyone to visit to find or host a service event. More than 4,000 service events are registered on the site already.

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