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Information on the Inauguration and Barack Obama

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The theme for the 2009 Inauguration was chosen by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in consultation with the Senate Historian's Office. This year’s theme – “A new birth of freedom” – is taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and honors both the Bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth in 2009 and President-Elect Obama’s self-described connection to President Lincoln. Both men were from Illinois and both men served the country in a time of change and upheaval.

President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Learn more about the inauguration including information on the history of the inauguration and travel tips for negotiating D.C. during the event.

Track Inauguration events and progress on the Inauguration Blog:

View the Senate Curator’s selection of Inauguration Images at

Learn more about the history of the Inauguration, including information on the procession, searing ceremony, and inaugural parade and ball at:

Read a biography of President-Elect Barack Obama:

For many, Abraham Lincoln defines the civic ideal of what it means to be an American.

But what more is there to learn about our 16th president? What’s left to unearth? What remains relevant about a president born nearly two centuries ago? Find out at the Lincoln Bicentennial site:

View two versions of The Gettysburg Address at:

Learn more about the The Lincoln Memorial at:

Read all Presidential Inaugural Addresses through Yale Law School’s Avalon Project at:

Watch the Video "So Help Me God", a historical look at the Inaugural Ceremonies 1789-2005.


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