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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Microbiology for the Analytical Chemist.

Microbiology for the Analytical Chemist.
By R.K. Dart

* Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
* Number Of Pages: 159
* Publication Date: 1996-12-31
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0854045244
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854045242

Product Description:

This work is intended for analytical chemists who have little or no knowledge of microbiology who might be required to interpret microbiological results. It covers a range of microbiological situations in analysis. It deals with the question of establishing when a sample is contaminated, the problems of counting and identifying micro-organisms and establishing what effect they will have on the sample. The book examines the microbial contents of water and food. It also looks at the procedures for disinfecting and preservative testing. Traditional laboratory methods are discussed, and rapid techniques are also considered.


How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive– Without Killing Your Boss by John Hoover

How to Work for an IdiotFor more than two decades, Dr. John Hoover has written books on leadership, creativity, and organizational performance, extolling the virtues of flattened organizations, collaborative leadership, and shared responsibility. His clients welcomed him, praised him…yet (he felt) completely ignored his advice!

This book contains the confession of a recovering “I-Boss” (Idiot Boss). After decades of consulting, Dr. John finally realized that the vast majority of people he kept trying to “energize,” “motivate,” and “enlighten” were, well, idiots.

Also he was an idiot for trying to change them. Instead, he has decided to enlighten you, who actually have to continue working for difficult and demanding bosses. You cannot change them. You cannot challenge them.

Yet, you can survive them, even thrive under them, if you learn how to deal with them using this book. It offers hope for the spirit and strategy for the mind to help you deal with your work place situation.

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The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Supporters will hail this New Age self-help book on the law of attraction as a groundbreaking and life-changing work, finding validation in its thesis that one's positive thoughts are powerful magnets that attract wealth, health, happiness... and did we mention wealth? Detractors will be appalled by this as well as when the book argues that fleeting negative thoughts are powerful enough to create terminal illness, poverty and even widespread disasters. The audio version of this controversial book, read by Byrne and contributing authors such as John Gray and Neale Donald Walsch, is uneven at best. The cheesy, obvious sound effects will not do much to add intellectual respectability to a work that has been widely denounced as pseudoscience. Mostly, this audio is hampered by its confusing and disjointed organization—techniques that worked reasonably well in the print version and the movie, such as cutting every few seconds from one enthusiastic expert to another, make for a choppy and somewhat bewildering listening experience. The gentle cadences of Rhonda Byrne's breathy, Aussie-infused voice are certainly the best part of the audio, but her material is scarce and provides mostly connective tissue between the testimonials.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Chemical Sensors and Biosensors for Medical and Biological Applications

Chemical Sensors and Biosensors for Medical and Biological Applications.
By Ursula E. Spichiger-Keller
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH
  • Number Of Pages: 425
  • Publication Date: 1998-04-15
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 3527288554
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9783527288557
Product Description:
This book introduces the principles and concepts of chemical and biochemical sensors for analyzing medical as well as biological samples. For applications like analyzing or monitoring gastric juice or blood plasma, the potential of sensors is exceptionally large. Focussed on these applications, the interpretation of analytical results is explained. Specific advantages are compared to other analytical techniques. Numerous tables with data provide useful information not easily found elsewhere and make a handy source of reference.
Ursula E. Spichiger-Keller is head of the Center for Chemical Sensors/Biosensors and Bioanalytical Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.



Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances and Excipients

The profiling of drug substances as to their physical and analytical characteristics
remains as important today as it was when the Analytical Profiles series was first
initiated. The compilation of concise summaries of physical and chemical data,
analytical methods, routes of compound preparation, degradation pathways, and the
like, is a vital function to both academia and industry.
It is certainly fair to say that workers in the field require access to current state-ofthe-
art data, and the Analytical Profiles series has always provided information of
the highest quality. For this reason, profiles of older compounds are being updated
whenever appropriate. The growth of the analytical methodology used to provide
the data in these profiles also continues at a phenomenal rate, with many of the
significant advances being chronicled in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and
Biomedical Analysis (JPBA). The close relationship between these flagship sources
of analytical information is evident in that the undersigned is an assistant editor for
JPBA, and that the North American editor of JPBA is a member of the editorial
board of the Analytical Profiles.
The series’ mission was expanded some time ago to include profiles of excipient
materials, reflecting that these materials require the full degree of scrutiny
historically associated with drug compounds. These highly detailed compilations of
excipient properties and analytical methods have been well received by workers in
the field, and such profiles will continue to be sought. In the present volume, the
series’ mission is further expanded to include a profile of a natural product which
has been used as a precursor material in the synthesis of new drug candidates. If this
information proves to be of interest to the pharmaceutical community, additional
chapters of this type will be developed.
As always, the success of the Analytical Profiles series will continue to be based on
the contributions of the chapter authors and on the quality of their work. A
complete list of available drug and excipient candidates is available from the editor.
We look forward to hearing from new and established authors and to working with
the pharmaceutical community on the Analytical Profiles of Drug Substances and












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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry: Capabilities for In Situ Analysis

Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry: Capabilities for In Situ Analysis
By Philip J. Potts, Margaret West.
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • Publication Date: 2008-09-02
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 085404552X
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854045525
Product Description:

Portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) instrumentation has some unique analytical capabilities for the in situ analysis of samples in the field. These capabilities have been extended in recent years by the continuing development of solid state detectors, surface mounted electronics, digital signal processing technology, Li-ion batteries combined with a choice of rugged sealed radioisotope sources or miniature X-ray tubes that provide lightweight hand-held devices.

As well as opening up new applications, in situ measurements by PXRF, where the instrument is placed in direct contact with the object to be analysed, involve the complete integration of sampling and analysis. Careful interpretation of results is therefore required, particularly when the analysis is used to estimate the bulk composition of a sample.

In this monograph, an overview is given of instrumentation, analytical capabilities, and limitations in the interpretation of results, sampling considerations and applications where PXRF offers substantial advantages over conventional analytical techniques. The aim is to give the reader an insight into the capabilities of the technique and to demonstrate the contribution it can make to a range of areas of contemporary scientific interest.

Chapters are written by internationally recognised scientists with practical experience of in situ analysis using portable X-ray fluorescence and demonstrates the wide range of applications for the technique. The topics covered are illustrated with diagrams and photographs where appropriate and each chapter includes supporting references to enable the reader to gain a greater understanding of a particular application.

Topics include:
-analytical capabilities
-correction procedures
-sampling considerations
-future developments.

Applications include:
-the assessment of contaminated land
-coatings and paints
-workplace monitoring
-metal&alloy sorting
-geochemical prospecting
-archaeological investigations
-museum samples & works of art
-extraterrestrial analysis.

The work is aimed at scientists who have some knowledge of analytical techniques and / or the applications covered, but are not fully familiar with the capabilities of PXRF. It offers a general introduction to the technique and its applications rather than a research monograph.


LIMS: Implementation and Management

LIMS: Implementation and Management.
By Allen S. Nakagawa
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Number Of Pages: 180
  • Publication Date: 1994-07
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 085186824X
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780851868240
Product Description:

When successfully implemented, laboratory information management systems (LIMS) can revitalize the operations of a laboratory and contribute to the efficiency of the overall enterprise. This text describes the strategy, planning, resources and activities needed to integrate LIMS into an organization. It covers all aspects of implementation technology and management and has the benefit of not being product specific. It also deals with the issues, expertise, organization and resources that contribute to the successful implementation of LIMS. The work contains numerous illustrations and tables to highlight the major concepts discussed in each chapter.



Developments and Applications in Solubility

Developments and Applications in Solubility.
By Trevor M. Letcher

  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Number Of Pages: 385
  • Publication Date: 2007-03-09
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0854043721
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854043729

Product Description:

This new book discusses important topics on one of the most basic of thermodynamic properties, namely Solubility - a property which underlies most industrial processes. The objective of the book is to bring together new, exciting and disparate topics, all related to Solubility, in a single volume, so that readers can extend their horizons and relate hitherto unrelated topics, leading to innovative and creative ideas.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions - 2nd Edition (Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry)

Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions - 2nd Edition (Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry).
By A Hassner, C Stumer

  • Publisher: Pergamon
  • Number Of Pages: 444
  • Publication Date: 2002-06-01
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 008043259X
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780080432595
  • Binding: Paperback

Book Description:

Since the publication of Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions and Unnamed Reactions, as Volume 11 in the Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry series, there has been a proliferation of newly discovered Name Reactions in the field of organic chemistry. Hence, this, the second edition of this title has focused on the ongoing development in this area of research. The revised title, Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions, reflects the notion whereby many new reagents and reactions are now being referred to by their names. The inclusion of over 155 new stereoselective and regioselective reagents or reactions including asymmetric syntheses, brings the total to over 540. Features that will be invaluable to the reader include over 3000 references, a names index, reagent index, reaction index and a functional group transformation index. The latter of these indexes will allow the reader to search for conversions of one functional group.


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Perfumery as a Science

Flavourings: Production, Composition, Applications, Regulations

Flavourings: Production, Composition, Applications, Regulations
By Erich Ziegler, Herta Ziegler.
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH
  • Number Of Pages: 726
  • Publication Date: 1998-11-20
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 3527297863
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9783527297863
Product Description:
The demand for flavourings has been constantly increasing over the last years as a result of the dramatic changes caused by a more and more industrialised life-style: The consumer is drawn to interesting, healthy, pleasurable, exciting or completely new taste experiences.
This book draws on the expert knowledge of nearly 40 contributors with backgrounds in both industry and academia and provides a comprehensive insight into the production, processing and application of various food flavourings. Established flavours produced commercially are summarized on a large scale. Methods of quality control and quality management are discussed in detail. The authors also focus on conventional and innovative analytical methods employed in this field and, last but not least, on toxicological, legal, and ethical aspects. Up-to-date references to pertinent literature and an in-depth subject index complete the book.



Structure Elucidation by Nmr in Organic Chemistry: A Practical Guide

Structure Elucidation by Nmr in Organic Chemistry: A Practical Guide
By Eberhard Breitmaier.

  • Publisher: Wiley John&Sons
  • Number Of Pages: 278
  • Publication Date: 1993-04
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0471933813
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780471933816
Product Description:

Structure Elucidation by NMR in Organic Chemistry A Practical Guide Eberhard Breitmaier, University of Bonn, Germany This text provides the graduate student with a systematic guide to unravelling structural information from the NMR spectra of unknown synthetic and natural products. A brief introduction gives an overview of the basic principles and elementary instrumental methods of NMR. This is followed by instructional strategy and tactical advice on how to interpret spectra into meaningful structural information. The book provides the student with 50 sets of spectra of graduated complexity. These are designed to challenge the students problem-solving abilities by the introduction of new concepts with each problem, followed by possible solutions and full explanations. A full list of solutions is provided at the end of the book.


Statistical Analysis Methods for Chemists: A Software Based Approach

Statistical Analysis Methods for Chemists: A Software Based Approach
By William P. Gardiner.
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Number Of Pages: 388
  • Publication Date: 1997-12-31
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 085404549X
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854045495
Product Description:

The purpose of this volume is to develop chemists' appreciation and understanding of statistical usage, and to equip them with the ability to apply statistical methods and reasoning as an integral part of analysis and interpretation of chemical data generated from experiments.


Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Second Edition

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Second Edition.
By Frank R. Spellman
  • Publisher: CRC
  • Number Of Pages: 912
  • Publication Date: 2008-11-18
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1420075306
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781420075304
Product Description:

Water and wastewater treatment plant operators must have a breadth of knowledge that encompasses more than scientific theory. With two new chapters and more than 300 new practice scenarios, this second edition continues to offer a complete resource exclusively for water and wastewater plant operators. It is a thorough compilation of water science, treatment information, process control procedures, problem-solving techniques, safety and health information, and administrative and technological trends. The manual examines numerous real-world operating scenarios, including the intake of raw sewage and the treatment of water via residual management. Each scenario includes a comprehensive problem-solving practice set.



Monday, January 19, 2009

Cyclodextrins in Chromatography (RSC Chromatography Monographs)

Cyclodextrins in Chromatography (RSC Chromatography Monographs)
By T. Cserhati, E. Forgacs

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Number Of Pages: 152
Publication Date: 2003-10-02
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0854045406
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854045402
Binding: Hardcover.

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Chromatographic Integration Methods (Rsc Chromatography Monographs)

Chromatographic Integration Methods (Rsc Chromatography Monographs)
By N. Dyson

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Number Of Pages: 201
Publication Date: 1998-05-22
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0854045104
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780854045105
Binding: Hardcover

This second edition has been completely revised and updated. The text has been expanded to include a section on validation of integrators in response to regulatory requirements for quality and validation. A literature survey, additional diagrams and Author Index have also been added. The book describes and discusses both manual and electronic techniques used, with the aim of aiding analysts to obtain more data from their chromatograms, and assist them with understanding how integrators work so that results are not accepted unquestioningly.

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Interfacial Phenomena in Chromatography (Surfactant Science)

Interfacial Phenomena in Chromatography (Surfactant Science)
By Emile Pefferkorn

Publisher: CRC
Number Of Pages: 456
Publication Date: 1999-03-03
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0824719476
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780824719470
Binding: Hardcover

Interfacial Phenomena in Chromatography presents a combination of chromatographic theory, numerical simulation and experimental data. The text covers the interaction and size exclusion methods of separation, identification and characterization of substances in solution. It provides practical information and analysis on the most effective mechanisms of interfacial chromatography, along with its expanding possibilities for biomedical, industrial and environmental applications.



2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama


Detailed Info

Relationship Status:
Married to
Michelle Obama
August 4, 1961
Religious Views:
Basketball, writing, spending time w/ kids
Favorite Music:
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder,
Johann Sebastian Bach (cello suites), and The Fugees
Favorite Movies:
Casablanca, Godfather I & II, Lawrence of Arabia and
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Favorite Books:
Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), Moby Dick,
Shakespeare's Tragedies, Parting the Waters, Gilead (Robinson), Self-Reliance (Emerson), The Bible, Lincoln's Collected Writings
Favorite TV Shows:
Favorite Quotations:
"The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends
towards justice." (MLK)

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United States Senate
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2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama

Preparations at the Capitol
Participants: President-elect of the United States, Barack H. Obama II
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United
, John G. Roberts
Administering oath
Vice President-elect of the United States
Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Assuming office
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Paul Stevens
Administering oath
Joint Congressional Committee
on Inaugural Ceremonies
Responsible for inaugural events
(including inaugural parade
and balls)

Location: Washington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol
Date: January 20, 2009 www.pic2009.org
This article is part of a series about
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Background · Illinois Senate · US Senate
Political positions · Public image · Family
2008 primaries · Obama–Biden campaign
U.S. Presidential transition · Inauguration
Presidency (First 100 days)

The 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama will take place on January 20, 2009, under the provisions of the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The inauguration will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Barack Obama and Joe Biden as President and Vice President, respectively. The inauguration is expected to draw a record-setting crowd of over 2 million people.[1] The theme of the inauguration is "A New Birth of Freedom," commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.[2]

Official inauguration events commenced on January 17 with a train ride beginning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and stopping in Wilmington, Delaware, and Baltimore, Maryland, before continuing on to Washington, D.C.[3] Events are scheduled in Washington from January 18 to January 21, 2009.[4]


1 Details


Train ride

Aboard the Georgia 300

The commencement of inauguration activities is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, a former Illinois politician and the sixteenth president of the United States. Lincoln travelled by train from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in 1861.[5] Lincoln stopped in 70 places along the way to his inauguration, but his tour began in Springfield, Illinois, on February 11, 1861, before arriving in Philadelphia on February 21.[6]

Obama began by holding a town hall meeting in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station at 10 a.m. on January 17. At 11:30 a.m., Obama rode to Wilmington to pick up Vice President-elect Biden, riding in the Georgia 300, a railroad car used by past presidents.[7] Then he went to Baltimore and spoke to a crowd of around 40,000. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prevented private planes, news helicopters, balloonists and others from getting anywhere near the airspace above the train.[5] Obama and family departed from 30th Street Station at 11 a.m. and arrived in Union Station at 7 p.m.[6]


The inaugural program will begin on January 20 at 10 a.m. EST (15:00 UTC) with the oath of office and inaugural address taking place at noon (17:00 UTC) at the west front of the United States Capitol.[8] The public observation area is the National Mall, although a section of the Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets NW is reserved for ticket-holders.[8]

The 2009 inauguration is expected to be attended by 2 million people, which would set a record.[1] Lyndon Johnson's 1965 inauguration holds the record with 1.2 million attendees, following John F. Kennedy's assassination. By comparison, both of George W. Bush's inaugurations drew about 300,000.[9]


The Tuskegee Airmen are among the invited guests for the inauguration.[10]


Unlike in political campaigns, there are no legal restrictions on the amount that one can contribute to an inaugural celebration. The 2005 inauguration saw numerous corporations contribute $250,000 to George W. Bush's second inauguration, which cost an estimated $42.3 million,[11] while Obama's inauguration is expected to cost $40 million from Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee[12] and "near $50 million" from the city.[13] As the costs have soared to over $150 million for the District and neighboring states,[11] such as Maryland where the costs are over $11 million,[14] Barack Obama's inauguration committee (Penny Pritzker, John W. Rogers, Jr., Pat Ryan, William Daley and Julianna Smoot) set a $50,000 contribution limit to underscore their "commitment to change business as usual in Washington."[15] As of January 6, 2009, the committee had raised over $27 million and at least 378 people gave the maximum $50,000, including George Soros, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Howard, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Jim Henson's daughter Lisa Henson.[16] Although the committee is not accepting donations from PACs, federally registered lobbyists, or corporations,[17] they are accepting donations from individuals with active lobbying interest such as Google and Microsoft executives Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer, respectively.[16]


HBO is presenting the inaugural kick-off concert, entitled "We Are One," at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18 at 2:30, which features performances from Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, Will.I.Am, and Stevie Wonder. The concert is free and HBO will broadcast it on an open feed, meaning anyone with cable television can watch it.[18][19] Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Tiger Woods and more will read historical passages.[18][20] The evangelical pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation.[20]

On January 19, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will host a "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future" event at the Verizon Center. Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers will honor military families in concert.[21] The show will be broadcast live on Disney Channel and on Radio Disney.[20]

Obama has purchased his first new tuxedo in 15 years for the inauguration.[22] The tuxedo was made by Hart Schaffner Marx, a Chicago-based menswear firm that uses union labor.[22]

The number of official inaugural balls during inauguration week has not been confirmed,[22] but the Obamas will attend ten official inaugural balls on January 20.[23] The Obamas will begin Inauguration Day night at the Washington Convention Center as hosts of the "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball", which will commence the evening of celebrations.[24] The Neighborhood Ball is scheduled to be the premier event of the evening.[25] Numerous celebrities will participate in it.[26] Obama will also host the "Commander-in-Chief's Ball" at the National Building Museum for Purple Heart recipients, families of fallen heroes, and spouses of deployed military.[27][28] Musical acts for the various balls include Sting, Elvis Costello, Young Jeezy, Ashley Judd, Mary J. Blige, T.I., Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge and LL Cool J.[29]

During the four nights of the inauguration celebration, District of Columbia bars will be permitted to remain open until 4:00 a.m., later than usual.[22] Additionally, restaurants will be allowed to stay open twenty-four hours a day for the entire four day period.[30] Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Chairperson, Senator Dianne Feinstein and committee member Senator Robert Foster Bennett felt that the original 5am liquor curfew and 24 hour food service would be a strain on law enforcement resources. The Council of the District of Columbia passed the extended curfews as emergency legislation proposed by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.[30]


The District of Columbia police force is expected to double to 8,000 with the police officers from around the United States being added to the force for additional security.[30][9] Five thousand troops will participate in the Inaugural Parade in a ceremonial capacity. 1,300 unarmed National Guard troops will aid Park Police in crowd control on the National Mall. The remainder will perform other security functions. The FAA will have airspace restrictions on the city from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 20th.[5]


The program by the Congressional leaders includes music by vocalist Aretha Franklin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill.[31] Some of the musical selections are by composer John Williams.[32] Poet Elizabeth Alexander will speak.[31] Other inauguration participants include the "The President's Own" (the United States Marine Band) and the United States Navy Band.[31] The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will also perform.[33] Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to deliver the invocation,[34][35] while civil rights activist Joseph Lowery of the United Methodist Church is scheduled to deliver the benediction for the inaugural ceremony.[36]

Vice President-elect Biden will take his oath first from Associate Justice John Paul Stevens,[31] then Obama will take his oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. Obama is to be sworn on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration in 1861, and will use the phrase "so help me God" at the end of the oath.[37][38] The swearing in will be followed by the very first 21-gun salute to the new President from the members of the armed forces, as well as the first playing of four ruffles and flourishes and "Hail to the Chief." Obama will deliver his inaugural address as the President of the United States following his swearing in ceremony.


  • Gates to the Inaugural Ceremony open at 8 a.m.[33]
  • The inaugural festivities are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They will include:
  • Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein provides call to order and welcoming remarks.
  • Invocation by the Rev. Rick Warren.
  • Musical selection of Aretha Franklin.
  • Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
  • Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).
  • Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scheduled around noon ET.
  • Obama gives the inaugural address.
  • Poem by Elizabeth Alexander.
  • Benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.
  • The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."
  • President Obama escorts former President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
  • The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.


The inaugural parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House. Because of the threat that the President-elect may face on January 20, it is more than likely that Obama will be traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue by motorcade; it was tradition for the new President to walk instead of being driven. It is scheduled to extend for over two hours in the afternoon following the inauguration. It will include 15,000 people, 240 horses, dozens of marching bands, two drum and bugle corps, and one mariachi band from Espanola, New Mexico.[9] He has invited the nine-time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Champion The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the eight-time finalist Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, and the VMI corps of cadets, as well as the high school marching band from Punahou School, his high school in Hawaii to perform in the inaugural parade.[22] During part of the parade, Obama will ride in a new armored limousine.[39]

Online broadcasting

A number of news organizations and online video broadcasting companies will stream the Inauguration live online.[40] It is expected that over 200 million viewers worldwide will watch Inauguration videos and live streams over the Internet.[41] The event will also be available live to select iPhone users.[42]

Use of “Hussein”

“I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other.”
—Barack Obama[43]
Obama has decided to follow tradition and use his full name, including his middle name Hussein,[43] regardless of its past and present use by detractors as an effort to slant his image.[32] This seems to have caught the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies off guard. According to their announced program, the schedule states, "Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama." The program also states that the inaugural address will be given by "the President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama."[32] The decision to use his middle name is part of an effort to "reboot America's image around the world," according to Obama.[44]