People fill the National Mall in the early morning hours before the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America) More Pictures>> PAST ATTENDANCE 1965: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1.2 m1973: Richard Nixon, 300,0001977: Jimmy Carter, 350,0001981: Ronald Reagan...Read Full Story
(from the Official Preisdential Inauguration Committee's website: )The Presidential Inaugural Committee has outlined a preliminary schedule of official inaugural events that underscores our commitment to holding an inaugural that is open, accessible, and brings us all together in a spirit of unity. The inaugural celebration will begin in the city where our democracy was born and the promise of our country was realized. On Saturday, January 17th, President-elect Barack Obama will be holding an...Read Full Story
As if Barack Obama's inauguration wasn't going to be a big enough party next month, Washington, D.C., city council has passed a proposal that will allow revelers to drink until 5 a.m. for five days.The proposal pushes last call back from its regular 2 a.m. and will keep bars and restaurants open around the clock. Council member Jim Graham made the original proposal. The Washington Post wrote earlier this morning: "This is absolutely a unique opportunity, and we want our night life to...Read Full Story
The inauguration will begin at 10 am Eastern Standard Time. The swearing-in ceremony will occur at noon Eastern Standard Time. Find more information about the inauguration, including the full schedule and scheduled speakers, here.