President Obama’s First Day

Congrats to President Obama on his first day in the White House.  His schedule is interesting.  Here’s what it looked like.

8:35 a.m. Obama enters the Oval Office for the first time as chief executive. Alone only briefly, he reads a note left to him by former President Bush.

8:45 a.m. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enters the Oval Office to brief the president on the day’s proceedings.

9:10 a.m. First Lady Michelle Obama joins the president in the Oval Office.

9:25 a.m. The Obamas walk to the presidential limousine, on the White House’s south side.

9:36 a.m. The presidential motorcade arrives at Washington National Cathedral for a prayer service.

10 a.m. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, enter the cathedral, with the president and first lady directly behind them. The four sit in the first row with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton.

10:16 a.m. As the cathedral organ and choir perform the national anthem, Obama places his right hand over his heart and sings with the congregation.

11:17 a.m.: Service at the cathedral ends after the Obamas, Bidens and Clintons join the congregation in singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

11:27 a.m. The presidential motorcade leaves National Cathedral.

11:36 a.m. The motorcade arrives back at the White House.

1:18 p.m. Obama addresses staff members and Cabinet secretaries in Room 450 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

1:26-1:31 p.m. The president signs two executive orders and three presidential memorandums. Biden administers oaths for White House senior staffers.

2:30 p.m. Obama attends a White House open house. The president and first lady shake hands with the 200 guests in the Blue Room, which faces the Washington Monument.

3:15-3:45 p.m. Obama meets with economic advisors in a closed meeting in the Roosevelt Room.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Obama meets with military commanders on Iraq in a closed meeting in the Situation Room.

7:35 p.m. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administers the oath of office to Obama, at the White House. On Inauguration Day, Roberts — and Obama repeating him — had said the words of the oath slightly out of order. To make certain the oath met the constitutional requirement, they redid it. Both got it right this time.

8:30 p.m. Obama attends a party for White House staffers.

Source: White House press pool reports.

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