January 18th, 2013
10:19 AM ET
2 years ago

13 reasons to follow the inauguration on CNN's platforms and nowhere else

1) The best TV coverage: Part 1 (Sunday): The inauguration weekend kicks off Sunday, when the president takes part in a private swearing-in ceremony at the White House. In the morning, Candy Crowley will anchor a special edition of "State of the Union" from the National Mall, followed by live coverage led by Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper. And be sure to catch the prime time special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" that night.

2) The best TV coverage: Part 2 (Monday): Then, stay tuned for the most extensive coverage of the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday morning starting at 5.a.m. on "Early Start with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin" and "Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien." At 10 a.m., CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and dozens of other correspondents, analysts and contributors will bring you the sights and sounds during the public swearing-in and inaugural parade in the day and Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett from inside the inaugural balls will take you into the festive balls and celebrations that night.

3) Crowd shots from Instagram: CNN and Instagram have teamed up to offer a multimedia look at the crowds who will gather for the inaugural ceremonies. The network will invite people attending inauguration events to take a photo and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #CNN. The photos will be displayed on TV and in an interactive visualization on CNN.com.

4) From all angles: CNN correspondents and anchors will report live from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue on inauguration day and all throughout the Mall. "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" will be live from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Lafayette Park outside of the White House, Anderson Cooper will anchor the network's coverage from the Mall, and Soledad O'Brien will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan and Jessica Yellin outside the U.S. Capitol.

5) Not near a TV set? Watch live online: Not around a television during the inauguration? CNN will stream the event and parade live on CNN.com with a high quality feed.

6) The best views on your screen: CNN will have nearly 50 HD cameras and field crews deployed throughout the Mall, parade route and White House locations on Sunday and Monday. This includes miles of cable and fiber optics running throughout and nearly a dozen different wireless capture and transmission technologies to get the live signal back to CNN and out to millions of viewers worldwide.

7) CNN + Facebook = Social: The network will again partner with Facebook to surface the most viral moments, photos and terms from the inauguration as they spread across the world's largest social network. CNN will ask viewers through Facebook to identify, rate and react to the viral moments as they happen.

8) CNN's Live Blog - Click here CNN's award-winning Political Ticker team the ongoing discussion events surrounding the inauguration weekend in real time. This includes the latest events, key quotes, notable tweets and minute-by-minute updates throughout the day, as well as a chance for you to take part in an interactive conversation involving trivia, fact-checks, polls and social media.

9) All hands on deck: Nearly a dozen CNN digital journalists and photographers will report from the Mall, parade route and Lafayette Park, sending real-time reports and photos for CNN.com and mobile platforms.

10) The mobile inauguration in your hands: CNN Digital will have a multi-platform experience with the latest updates on CNN.com and via the CNN apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and optimized for all users of CNN's mobile website.

11) CNNPolitics on Twitter: Keep up to date with the most important moments and stories by following CNNPolitics on Twitter.

12) The fun on HLN: CNN’s sister network, HLN, will focus on “people, not policy” during the inauguration. On Monday, Morning Express host Robin Meade will anchor live from our nation’s capital from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with on-location reports from HLN’s Ryan Smith. Kyra Phillips will provide continued live coverage of the day’s events from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

13) Bringing in the world: CNN International will simulcast domestic programming from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CNN en Español will offer live updates starting at 6 a.m. on Café CNN and through the 11 a.m. hour on Actualidad en Vivo. The network will carry the inauguration ceremony and parade live. CNN en Español's afternoon and prime time newscasts Nuestro Mundo, Directo USA, Panorama Mundial and Conclusiones will be broadcast live from Washington, DC.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am so looking forward to this inauguration. I spent watching President Obama's first inauguration with my then 3 year granddaughter and while she was interested in the parades and kept asking where Obama's "girls" were, she was more intent on chattering, coloring, cutting, pasting, and playing hide and seek.

    Hopefully this inauguration will be sans the grandchildren (fingers crossed) ... all of whom but the youngest - now also 3 years old - are in school.

    January 18, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. B

    Although, I cannot be there physically, I will be there in spirit. Congradulations Mr. President.

    January 18, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Woman In California

    I will be watching with just as much hope and anticipation as I had four years ago (even more). The only difference will be I now know we have much work to do in order to keep this country moving in the right direction.

    Sorry CNN, but I will be watching MSNBC (as usual) with no commentary from Ari Fleisher, that trashy Pat Buchanan or David Gergen. Thanks but no thanks.

    January 18, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Woman In California

    I love the new photograph of the president. It shows leadership, style and confidence of the American people and their ability to choose the right person.

    January 18, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. judy

    wonderful the majority of this great country thinks this is the man and he is. Now if we could only get a few intelligent repos to help we could move forward at a faster pace.

    January 18, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Anders Breivik

    I love cnn!

    January 18, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Jules

    So we can see for ourselves that Paul Ryan actually shows up as he says he will. What does it say about the GOP that Ryan showing up is even a story?

    January 18, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. guest

    I dont think I want to watch this and know how much money was wasted on first the election, and then this.. especially in the light that "America can not pay its bills" so he says

    January 18, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Ancient Texan

    I'll pass, but thanks anyway.

    January 18, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |