Updated 1/20/09

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(Photo by Carter, one of the West Seattleites in D.C.; his reports and related stories are archived here



“Step by step through the day,” from CQ Politics

The main event begins at 8:30 am Pacific Time, the actual presidential oath of office at 9 am, and some peformances and preliminaries before 8:30 am. Here’s the lineup, from the official website

• Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
• Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
• Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
• Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
• Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
• President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
• Inaugural Address
• Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
• Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
• The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony.


Chelan Cafe opens at 6 am and will show inauguration on its 4 TVs (in the bar)

If you don’t mind taking a ferry – the Vashon Theater is showing it live, starting at 6:30 am

West Seattle Democratic Women: 7 am-10 am breakfast/viewing at West Seattle Golf Course (reservations required; full details and contact info here)

Starbucks promises to show it live at stores with video screens (usually showing info related to music) – this list includes the local locations – Alki, Admiral, Morgan Junction

What about the rest of Seattle, you ask? Here’s a roundup from the Times


Many news sites will stream it, including and

Cable TV will have multiple choices – a West Seattleite at NorthWest Cable News (Comcast channel 2) advises they’ll show it too, with a special starting at 7 am

Comcast plans to have many inauguration events available via Comcast On Demand

KING TV (5): NBC coverage starts 7:30 am

KOMO TV (4): ABC coverage starts 5 am

KIRO TV (7): CBS coverage starts 6:30 am

KCPQ TV (13): Coverage at 9 am


Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor): 5% extra off current January sale prices if you stop in and say “Yes We Can!”

West 5: Happy Hour pricing, 11 am-6 pm

Skylark Club and Cafe (WSB sponsor):
Celebrate the beginning of a new era as our new president Barack Obama is sworn in on Tuesday, January 20th. Here at Skylark we will be honoring the occasion all day (and especially delighting in the
long-overdue exit of President Bush). You will already have watched the main events unfold at the crack of dawn Pacific Standard Time. As you get antsy to share the joy with your neighbors, feel free to head down to Skylark for lunch featuring brunchy specials starting at 11:30am. Local television news coverage will be projected on our 7’x7′ screen (okay, painter’s tarp) until 3pm for those of you that need to drink in every drop of the glorious day. At 3pm we will shift gears for happy hour and begin to project clips of all-American black and white Westerns, such as “The Lucky Texan” featuring John Wayne, “King of the Cowboys” with Roy Rogers, and “To The Last Man” with Shirley Temple. Happy hour specials from 3pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to 1am include $1 off wells, drafts, bottled beers and wine and delicious $4 sliders. The party continues with Spin Your Wax open turntables at 6pm, when Skylark owners Jessie and Charlie and West Seattle Blog’s intrepid reporters Patrick and The Young Intern tackle the Technics. Feel free to bring your own vinyl to express how you feel about the new regime! Karaoke follows at 9:30pm with Burning Hearts’ Uncle Bling hosting punk/metal/hardcore karaoke until close. Is there a farewell song to George (“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC or “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath) or a welcome song to Barack (“Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top) you’d like to sing? After a taste of our Pisco Punch–much like the Pisco sour W. was seen drinking recently–you’ll let it all out. To complete the catharsis, we’ll provide a life-sized cardboard Bush cutout and Sharpie markers for your defacing pleasure. Skylark also encourages you to please bring gently used shoes all day long…we’ll donate them to charity for you. Though it’s tempting, refrain from throwing the shoes. The metaphor’s there. You don’t need to work for it. Love, Skylark

Shadowland and Beveridge Place Pub also plan specials

West Seattle Democratic Women: Inaugural Ball, The Hall at Fauntleroy (reservations required; more info here)

Full Tilt Ice Cream: Inauguration Night bash, starting at 6 pm

Redline Music and Sports: Food drive/shoe-tossing event starting at 6 pm