Inauguration Day!

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  

With these words, on January 20, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. And History Will Be Made.

Excited?  Yeah, we are too!  Hey, try some of the following websites to learn a bit about something that you’ll be able to tell your children (OMG!) about…..

Who are all those people up there with President-Elect Obama?  Check out our Biography Resource Center (open the ”choose a database” menu and choose Biography Resource Center–this requires an IMCPL library card) and read up on all of the people who’ll be on stage. Check out Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Rick Warren, Aretha Franklin, Elizabeth Alexander, Joseph E. Lowery, John Paul Stevens, and John G. Roberts, Jr.

So who put this thing on?  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies  This committee is responsible for the inauguration itself.  Give it a peek for information about the 2009 inauguration as well as history, images, and facts from past inaugurations.

Let’s celebrate!  Presidential Inauguration Committee  This committee is responsible for inaugural events in Washington and all over the country.

I’m going! (or wish I was!)  Experience DC (Sorry, this site is woofed.)  This is the official tourism site for Washington, D.C.  Take a peek at what someone could expect if they went.

The end of the road or just the beginning?  The American Presidency: a glorious burden Those museum people over at the Smithsonian have created a wicked online exhibit on the presidency from the campaign trail and on into office.

Swearing in, old school style…  I Do Solemnly Swear  What were the other Inaugurations like?  Try visiting this site by the Library of Congress.

What did they say?  Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents  People all across the world will be listening to President Elect Obama’s Inaugural address. Thanks to the Yale Law School library, you can read the addresses from prior inaugurations.

Have fun learning a bit more about the whole day and remember to vote in 2012!