January 20th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Senate prayers for Kennedy after collapse

Senate chaplain Barry C. Black prays for Sen. Kennedy Tuesday.

Senate chaplain Barry C. Black prays for Sen. Kennedy Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday Sens. Dodd, Kerry and Hatch all accompanied Kennedy to the ambulance after he collapsed at the Capitol luncheon held in honor of President Obama.

"He looked like he was going to be ok. We all prayed for him," Hatch told CNN producer Evan Glass.

On the Senate floor, the chaplain offered a special prayer for the Massachusetts senator. "In a special way today, we ask for your healing hands to be placed upon Senator Teddy Kennedy," he said. "Oh god, you are a healer, and we claim your promise that if we will ask in faith, you will respond."

Sen. Patrick Leahy just said that after Kennedy had problems, President Obama went to the area. "He came back and seemed very, very concerned. He spoke to others and asked for a moment of silence," said Leahy.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Scenes from the inauguration: A first-time voter reacts

Ashley Jeter is a student at Virginia’s Hampton University.

Ashley Jeter is a student at Virginia’s Hampton University.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In stands along the parade route, Ashley Jeter shared the moment of Barack Obama's inauguration with her Aunt Collette in Charlotte NC. "I was screaming, excited, joyful. My aunt was screaming too," said Jeter.

Jeter traveled with her friend Courtney to Washington from Hampton University in Virginia where they are freshmen. Both young women were first-time voters in this presidential election, and dedicated Obama supporters who got up at 4 am on Election Day. After celebrating all night Monday, they set out set out at 5 am Tuesday morning to get to their spot on the parade route.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
02:55 PM ET
7 years ago

European leaders line up to befriend new American president

LONDON, England (CNN) - Almost everyone wants to be the friend of newly inaugurated U.S. President Barack Obama - none more so than his fellow European leaders.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Many claim he has already had his first meeting with a foreign head of state.

Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon last week, afterwards telling media that there was an "extraordinary relationship."

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January 20th, 2009
02:23 PM ET
7 years ago

U.N. head to Obama: Prioritize Mideast

GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) - As Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday, the head of the United Nations was touring war-ravaged Gaza and southern Israel - and taking the opportunity to send a message to the new U.S. leader.

A Palestinian man throws debris out of his destroyed house in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip on January 20, 2009.

"I sincerely hope that President Obama will take as a matter of priority these Middle East policies," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told CNN, when asked his advice for Obama.

Speaking during a visit to Sderot, a city in southern Israel that has endured rocket fire from Hamas for years, Ban said the Bush administration "has been leading and heavily engaged" in the region, and he noted the "Annapolis peace process." But, he added, "Unfortunately, we have not achieved the goals."

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
02:16 PM ET
7 years ago

Inaugural crowds test wireless networks

(CNN) - Wireless service was spotty in downtown Washington on Tuesday morning as hundreds of thousands of people tried to share Barack Obama's historic inauguration through cell-phone calls and text messages to family and friends.

"I got some photos through earlier. But now they're just not going through," said Barbara Talisman of Chicago, Illinois, standing on the National Mall about 10 a.m. "People want to know what's happening, so I'm trying to send them live pictures."

Wireless carriers beefed up their Washington-area networks in anticipation of heavy cell-phone traffic, and as of 11 a.m., their efforts appeared to have paid off. Despite handling three to five times the usual volume of calls from the mall on Tuesday morning, Verizon Wireless reported few problems.

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January 20th, 2009
01:29 PM ET
7 years ago

Crowds head for Pennsylvania Avenue; the president heads for lunch

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Very few security issues cropped up this morning, say officials. There were issues at a few checkpoints, including one at the Capitol where processing was slow.

Still, CNN staffers reported crowds of several hundred - including many angry ticketholders - who were shut out of the event at various checkpoints because officials could not clear them in time for the start of the inaugural ceremony.

Only one checkpoint to the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route has closed. They haven't yet reached capacity on the route, which can accommodate 300-350,000. Many visitors did not realize there was a two-hour gap between the swearing-in ceremony and the parade. At Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, crowds are getting restless.

In the meantime, the president and vice president, along with their families and senior aides, have joined members of Congress for a private lunch in the Capitol, a relatively new tradition.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama aides head for White House moments after oath of office

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Quickly after the moment of Obama's swearing-in, the president's top aides bolted to get to waiting vans and race to the White House. White House counsel Greg Craig and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina left before the inaugural address ended, although White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stayed through whole speech.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

John Podesta told CNN he bolted in 1993 during former President Clinton's inaugural speech - and when he got to the White House, the old drapes were still being taken down.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Former President George W. Bush has left Washington

(CNN) - President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saw former President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush off Tuesday afternoon as the Bushes left Washington.

Former president George W. Bush waves before departing the U.S. Capitol by helicopter after the inauguration of Barack Obama.

They are now en route by helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base, where they will board a flight to Midland, Texas. The plane was used by the former president as Air Force One, but does not have that designation for this flight, since he no longer holds office.

Watch: President Obama escort former president George W. Bush to a waiting helicopter


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
12:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Rev. Joseph Lowery delivers benediction at inaugural ceremony

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a leader during the civil rights movement and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered the inaugural ceremony's benediction Tuesday on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

Reverend Joseph Lowery.

"We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we've shared this day," Lowery, 87, said in delivering the prayer.

He asked that Americans cling to the spirit of fellowship embodied at the inauguration.

"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right," Lowery said.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 20th, 2009
12:53 PM ET
12 years ago

In case you missed it: Here's the presidential oath of office

(CNN) - Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to have some trouble administering the presidential oath of office Tuesday. Here is the actual oath in full, as laid out in Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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."


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