President Obama, was sworn in for his second term by Chief Justice Roberts in a private ceremony at noon on Sunday in the Blue Room, however, the pomp, circumstance, and so-called entertainment, will begin Monday morning.
Inauguration Day Timeline
At 9:00 a.m. former presidents, as well as members off the Senate and House of Representatives, governors, and Cabinet designees will arrive at the the U.S. Capitol.
9:30 — Fifth-grade chorus from Public School 22 in Staten Island, New York performs
10:00 — U.S. Marine Band performs
11:14 — First lady Michelle Obama takes her seat
11:18— Vice President Biden takes his seat
11:20 — President Obama takes his seat
11:35 — Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, gives the invocation
11:38— The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”
11:46 — Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor administers the vice presidential oath of office to Vice President Biden
11:50 — Singer James Taylor performs “America the Beautiful”
11:55 — U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts administers the presidential oath of office to President Obama
The president will be sworn in on Dr. Martin Luther King’s personal travel Bible and the Lincoln Bible. On Sunday the president was officially sworn in using the Lincoln Bible, as he did for his first term 2009. This Bible was first used by President Lincoln at his presidential inauguration. Printed in 1853, it has gilt edges and is bound in burgundy velvet.
11:56 — Trumpets perform “Ruffles and Flourishes” and the U.S. Marine Band performs “Hail to the Chief,” followed by a twenty-one-gun salute
Noon — Obama delivers the inaugural address
12:21 — American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson performs “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” *This would be an excellent time to use the bathroom.
12:26 — Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco reads a poem
12:30 — Benediction is delivered by the Rev. Luis Leon
12:34 — Beyoncé sings the national anthem
12:39 — President Obama signs official documents. The Obamas then attend the inauguration luncheon at the Capitol with the Bidens
The Senate Committee on Arrangements first gave a luncheon for President McKinley at the U.S. Capitol in 1897. The format has since been altered and the current traditions have remained unchanged since 1953. The luncheon program includes speeches and toasts to the new administration.
2:32 — Review of the troops
2:36 — The Obamas and Bidens begin the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House
6:00 — Commander-in-chief’s inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center with military personnel and their spouses. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.
6:30 — Official Inaugural Ball, at the Washington Convention Center. The Obamas and Bidens are scheduled to attend.