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Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr's Day. Today is Barack Obama's day.
While the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time, a host of official activities are planned for before and after the main event.
The first musical selection is by The United States Marine Band and the San Francisco Boys and Girls' Chorus. The Call to Order and welcoming remarks will then be made by Senator Dianne Feinstien and the invocation by Dr Rick Warren.
After another musical interlude by Aretha Franklin, Vice President-elect, Joseph R Biden Jr, will be sworn in by Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Honourable John Paul Stevens.
Another musical selection, featuring John Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo Yo Ma and pianist Gabriela Montero with Anthony McGill on the clarinet, will follow.Read »