The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has announced that HBO has bagged the rights to air the opening ceremony of President-Elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration week, that will be held at Lincoln Memorial on January 20, 2008.
It has not been revealed as to how much HBO will have to shell out to air the 2009 Inaugural ceremony of Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration week.
The PIC has said that the opening ceremony will be free and open to the public, and anyone across America with cable or satellite services will be able to view the Presidential Inaugural opening ceremony.
While other networks will not be able to air the 2009 Presidential Inaugural ceremony, they will provide extensive coverage of the Presidential Inauguration and other events that will take place before Inauguration Day.
The PIC Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau, has been quoted as saying, “We are very excited that HBO will be televising the kick-off event for our Inaugural. Their proven track record as a leader in television will help ensure an event that reflects President-elect Obama’s commitment to holding an inauguration that is open, accessible and reflects America’s spirit of unity. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is committed to staging an Opening Celebration that reflects the best of our nation, and we are pleased that millions of people across the country will be able to share in this historic experience.“
The 2009 Presidential opening ceremony and the other Presidential Inaugural ceremonies are expected to be high-octane events featuring performances by artists from the entertainment and music industry.
The opening ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration will be attended by President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President Elect Joseph Biden.
As per tradition, President-Elect Barack Obama will go by train to Washington DC, and will pick up Vice-President Elect Joe Biden and family from Wilmington, DE, on January 17, 2009. Obama and Biden will halt on the way to attend a event in Baltimore.
The PIC has revealed that On January 19, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President Elect Joe Biden will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in community service activities. On the same night, a youth concert will be held at the Verizon center in Washington DC.
On the Presidential Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, traditional Inaugural ceremonies and events will take place. These will include musical performances by The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, welcome address by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Invocation by
Dr. Rick Warren, and performance by Aretha Franklin.
After which, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden will be sworn in by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens. The swearing-in event will be followed by President-elect Barack H. Obama’s Oath of Office, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., the Inaugural address, a poem by Elizabeth Alexander, benediction by the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, and the national anthem rendered by the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters.
On Inaugural Night, Barack Obama will host 10 inaugural balls, which include the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball, five regional balls, and two for his home states of Illinois and Hawaii.
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