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An unprecedented, worldwide audience is expected to tune in to one of the most anticipated inaugural addresses in modern U.S. history on Tuesday when Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African-American president. Watch a live video stream of coverage and the ceremonies here on, starting at 9 am/ET. Plus, follow us on Twitter, and submit your favorite moments from the many televised festivities for inclusion in our special edition of Top TV Moments.


Here are the highlights to watch:

  • 9 am/ET: Pre-inaugural coverage from the U.S. Capitol
  • 10 am/ET: The swearing-in ceremony begins with music from the Marine Band, the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will issue the call to order and make brief welcoming remarks, followed by the Rev. Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
  • 10:30 am/ET: Aretha Franklin, who also sang at former President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, performs. Joe Biden will be sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
  • 11 am/ET: A musical interlude includes composer John Williams, violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill
  • 11:30 am/ET: Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
  • Noon/ET: Obama gives his inaugural address, followed by a poem composed and read by New York-born poet Elizabeth Alexander. The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery will follow with a benediction and the national anthem will be played by the U.S. Navy band Sea Chanters