Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration preparations are on

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It’s early days, but there is a lot of speculation about US President-Elect Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

For example, what kind of an inaugural address will he deliver? Considering he is such a good orator, will his speech match the legendary inaugural addresses of greats like Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln?

Scarlett Johanssen and Barack Obama

Scarlett Johanssen and Barack Obama

Will there be many celebrities present at US President-elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration?

George Clooney with Barack Obama

George Clooney with Barack Obama

Given the massive celebrity support Obama has had during his campaign, it is expected that Jay-Z, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johannsen, Robert De Niro, comedian Chris Rock, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Affleck, Caroline Kennedy, Sean Diddy Combs, and Oprah Winfrey may be present at the presidential inauguration.

Barack Obama does the twist at Ellen Degeneres show

Barack Obama does the twist at Ellen Degeneres show

Many of these celebrities have contributed to the campaign and organized fundraisers. Oprah alone raised $3 million at a bash that threw at her California home.

Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey

Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey

US president-elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration will take place at the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 20, 2009, two and a half months after the election. The gap between Election day and the Presidential Inauguration day, in the 1800s, was nearly four months. This was because in those days it took a lot of time for travel and proceedings to take place. Later, the gap was reduced to two and a half months, which is used by the outgoing US President for pardons and policy changes. Barack Obama will use the next two and a half months for new high-level appointments, cabinet selection, White House staff selection, and handover for the new team.

Some reports say that Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel was likely to be chosen as the Chief of Staff.

Barack Obama’s inaugural theme “A Birth of New Freedom” is inspired by President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Covered fountain at the presidential platform site

Covered fountain at the Presidential Inauguration platform site

Preparations for the Presidential Inauguration began on September 24, 2008, with the ceremonial “first nail” of the Inauguration platform. On November 5, 2008, the 10,000-feet Inauguration platform was built on the West side of the US Capitol.

Presidential Inauguration platform kick off

First Nail Ceremony to kick off the Presidential Inauguration preparations

As per tradition, Barack Obama’s presidential election will kick off with a procession from the White House to the Capitol. Barack Obama’s Presidential Oath of Office will  be held after the oath is taken by the vice president-elect Joe Biden.

After the presidential swearing-in ceremony, President-elect Barack Obama will give his Inaugural Address, following which Obama will go the National Statuary Hall for a luncheon, and then the Inaugural Parade will be held, which will go back to the White House from the US Capitol.

The US Capitol's Statuary Hall where luncheon will be held on the Presidential Inauguration Day

The US Capitol's Statuary Hall

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to be present.

Barack-Obama’s Presidential Inauguration is expected to be watched extensively around the world, if the frenzy generated on Election day is anything to go by.

President-elect Barack Obama has certainly drawn many firsts. He is the first leader of the Democratic party to win more than 50 percent of the popular vote since 1976. The election also saw the largest turnout, 64.1, since 1905.

Obama’s campaign has been the costliest – $700 million spent on the campaign  – and the longest.

The popular vote for president-elect Obama was 52.3 per cent, and 46.4 percent for senator McCain.

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