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Obama's first day on the job


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What did President Obama do on his first day in office? The following is a tick-tock of the day's events based on pool reports and statements from the White House press office

8:35 a.m. President Obama spends ten minutes in the Oval Office alone. Reads a note from former President Bush in an envelope marked, "To: #44, From: #43".

8:45 a.m. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enters the Oval and discusses the president's schedule for the day.

9:10 a.m. The First Lady enters the Oval Office.

9:25 a.m. President Obama and Michelle walk to the presidential limousine (click here to read about the new cadillac) and depart to the National Cathedral.

9:36 a.m. Motorcade arrives at the National Cathedral.

10:00 a.m. Vice President Biden and wife Jill enter the cathedral with the president and first lady behind them and walk to the front row where President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State designee Hillary Clinton are already seated. Roughly 3,200 people are in attendance.

Shortly thereafter, the four stood as the National Cathedral choir sang "My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer."

The Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, welcomed the Obamas and the Bidens stating, "This is his first day on the job. We have come together from many different perspectives to give us the hopes and prayers for the work ahead."

Short invocation and long opening prayer follows.

10:16 a.m. National Anthem is sung. President Obama places his hand over heart and sings.


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