January 20th, 2009
11:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama orders suspension of prosecutions at Gitmo

A U.S. Navy officer replaces the photo of former President George W. Bush with a photo of President Obama Tuesday after Obama's swearing in.
A U.S. Navy officer replaces the photo of former President George W. Bush with a photo of President Obama Tuesday after Obama's swearing in.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (CNN) - In one of his first acts in office, President Obama has ordered the U.S. government to suspend prosecutions of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
January 20th, 2009
11:54 PM ET
7 months ago

To celebrate Obama, Hollywood comes to Washington

Hollywood legend Cher joined other celebrities at the RIAA inaugural bash in Washington Tuesday night.
Hollywood legend Cher joined other celebrities at the RIAA inaugural bash in Washington Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's unlikely President Obama will stop by, but for Hollywood fans the Ibiza nightclub is the hottest ticket in Washington tonight.

A star-studded group strolled the heated red carpet at the Recording Industry Association of America's post-inaugural bash.

Rihanna, who was slated to perform, told CNN's Jessica Yellin that during her travels abroad she'd found tremendous excitement about Obama's election.

"It had such a strong impact all over the world," she said. "The first black president, and being part of that was such a big deal to the rest of the world."

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
11:21 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama Chief of Staff puts a stop to pending Bush regulations

 President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued a government-wide directive Tuesday.
President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued a government-wide directive Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– President Obama has wasted no time handling the Bush administration's unfinished business.

White House officials tell CNN Obama Chief Staff of Staff Rahm Emanuel sent a memo Tuesday to all agencies and departments of the federal government. The memo halts further consideration of pending regulations throughout the government until a legal and policy review can be conducted by the Obama administration.


Filed under: Extra • Obama transition • President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
January 20th, 2009
11:08 PM ET
7 months ago

All eyes on the new first lady

First lady Michelle Obama stepped out Tuesday night in a white detailed gown designed by Jason Wu.
First lady Michelle Obama stepped out Tuesday night in a white detailed gown designed by Jason Wu.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – “What should I wear” is a question many women have asked before dressing for a big event, but if you think you have it rough, step into Michelle Obama’s shoes – Jimmy Choo shoes that is.

Michelle Obama graced the first inaugural ball of the evening in a white, one-shoulder, Jason Wu dress with delicate detailing. Regarded as a fashion no-no, the first lady chose pure white to wear during the winter, and the bold number is getting mixed reviews by the fashion elite.

Hailed by some as the modern-day Jackie O., speculation has swirled over what, or who, the first lady would wear on her husband’s big day. Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the renowned designers who created sketches of possible outfits for the first lady to don on the big night. But ultimately, Michelle decided upon the white detailed number to celebrate her husband’s transition to the Oval Office.

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
11:00 PM ET
7 months ago

View from the Western ball

Jennifer Lopez and performed with her husband Marc Anthony Tuesday night at the Western Ball.
Jennifer Lopez and performed with her husband Marc Anthony Tuesday night at the Western Ball.

(CNN) - Attendees at tonight’s presidential inaugural balls, like the 11,500 at the official Western ball, were lucky to spend maybe 20 minutes of their night with the president. The rest of the time, they were waiting - and not just for the first family to make an appearance.

They waited to get through security. To check their coats. To buy drink tickets, then to exchange those tickets for plastic glasses of chardonnay and mid-priced champagne. To cycle through buffet lines for plates of pasta and dinner rolls, which they’ll eat standing up.

With a few exceptions – like the events dedicated to military personnel, young people and residents of Washington, DC – most balls featured states grouped together by region. The Western ball drew 11,500 guests, from places like Oregon and Idaho to Montana and Guam. Californians like Director Ron Howard and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines mixed with residents of Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska. Both were serenaded by soft rock standards and BeeGees classics. Later in the evening, singer Marc Anthony was set to take the stage.

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
09:45 PM ET
7 months ago

A night at the ball

The Bidens are making the rounds at the inaugural balls Tuesday night.
The Bidens are making the rounds at the inaugural balls Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It's Joe Biden's home states ball, but it could be any giant prom or wedding party.

The ball is one of six official galas in the Washington Convention Center on Inauguration night. There's nothing here representing Biden's home states of Delaware and Pennsylvania, but hundreds of revelers were still enjoying themselves, noshing on pasta italiano and crudite.

Lots of people got tickets from friends or coworkers, but if you had to dish out the $150 for a way in, you still had to pay $12 for a glass of champagne. And don't expect Dom Perignon, either. But the dance floor is packed listening to the 11-piece James Gerard Orchestra playing classics like "My Girl," "The Way You Look Tonight" (Sinatra version), "Brick House" and "I Will Survive."

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
09:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Scenes from the inauguration: First couple shares a dance

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A glimpse of the first lady's gown has been greatly anticipated as part of the inauguration festivities. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The president and first lady shared their first ballroom dance togehter since the swearing in when they made an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball Tuesday night.

Related: President, first lady make the rounds at inaugural balls


Filed under: Inauguration • President Obama
January 20th, 2009
09:19 PM ET
7 months ago

Scenes from the inauguration: 43 leaves a letter for 44

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Before leaving the White House to return to Texas, Former President George W. Bush left a letter on the desk in the Oval Office for his successor President Barack Obama. (Photo Credit: White House photo)

Related: Bush's final day

Watch: Tuesday 'was a great day for America,' says Bush

January 20th, 2009
09:10 PM ET
7 months ago

Satellite imagery estimate: 1.5 million on the Mall

(CNN) – A million and a half people flooded the National Mall Tuesday for the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States, according to an analysis of satellite imagery provided to CNN by IHS Jane's.

Related: Explore the satellite image of the Mall

The image used by IHS Jane's to estimate the crowd size was taken at 11:19 a.m. and included the areas blocked off for the 240,000 ticket-holders and the rest of the Mall, where the general public gathered for the event.

IHS Jane's is a leading information provider on defense, international risk and national security to governments, militaries, industries and academia around the world.


Filed under: Inauguration • President Obama
January 20th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
7 months ago

'Simple fatigue' caused Kennedy seizure

Sen. Kennedy chatted with the vice president during the swearing in ceremony Tuesday; Sen. Kennedy suffered a seizure later at a luncheon on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Kennedy chatted with the vice president during the swearing in ceremony Tuesday; Sen. Kennedy suffered a seizure later at a luncheon on Capitol Hill.

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy's seizure Tuesday was brought on by "simple fatigue," Dr. Edward Aulisi of the Washington Hospital Center said in a statement.

“Senator Edward Kennedy experienced a seizure today while attending a luncheon for President Barack Obama in the U.S. Capitol," Aulisi siad. "After testing, we believe the incident was brought on by simple fatigue. Senator Kennedy is awake, talking with family and friends, and feeling well. He will remain at the Washington Hospital Center overnight for observation, and will be released in the morning."


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