This is the last day of the Bush era.
(Huge sigh of relief.)

slide5-barryFrom here on out, we’re batting this guy. Plus we’ve got this very, very fine lady. And I am so stoked about it.

I’m planning to watch the inauguration festivities at my neighbors Linden & Arleen’s early morning house party. And I just wanted to share the schedule for tomorrow so that you can all be sure to catch the fun as well.

The swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden will begin on Tuesday, January 20th at around 10 am EST. For us on the West Coast, of course, that means around 7 in the morning. The ceremony typically lasts about two hours, and Obama must be sworn in by noon in Washington. So then, out here, you’ve got to make sure you get to the TV between 7 and 9 PST in the morning. Supposedly, the swearing in itself will go down at around 8:30 am for us. Here’s all that you’ll see:

Musical Selections
The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections
The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection
Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
The Honorable John Paul Stevens

Musical Selection, John Williams, composer/arranger
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Gabriela Montero, Piano
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama
By the Chief Justice of the United States
The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address
The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama

Elizabeth Alexander

The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem
The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

Ooooooo, Aretha! And what is he going to say after all? And to what extent will he be better than Lincoln and Kennedy and King all rolled into one? And will they be very cold? And what the hell is she going to wear? Crucial questions, all.

SF Gate has laid out a bunch of Bay Area venues that will be showing the full sha-bang, including info about the jumbo trons down at Yerba Buena and the Civic Center. Bet those will be wild. Plus our lovely friend Jason at Coffee Bar down the street will be hosting a party, with mimosas of course, beginning at 8:30. Or else you can always watch a bit of live streaming from the comfort of your laptop.゠ And if all else fails, I’m certain Linden & Arleen will be happy to welcome you into their home here on the Mesa. It is time to celebrate!

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