Complete coverage on

U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Daniel Ortega marked the beginning of his third term as Nicaragua's president during an inauguration ceremony Tuesday -- an event both buoyed by his pledges of moderation and marred by months of discord over voter irregularities.

Latest Stories

Justices reject appeals on rendition, word 'God' in presidential oathupdated: Mon May 16 2011 13:11:00

The Supreme Court has again refused to review the limits of liability involving the secret detention of a suspected terrorist under the government's post-9/11 "extraordinary rendition" program.

Analyzing Pres. Obama's Tucson speechupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 07:17:00

Doug Brinkley, David Gergen, and Michael Gerson join Anderson to break down the President's performance in Tucson.

Larry King on viewers' top 5 momentsupdated: Tue May 25 2010 17:03:00

I never thought that this show would last 25 years -- I didn't even know it would be a success. I took it on kind of a dare. There was a three-year deal with Ted Turner, but I had an option to get out after a year. I never thought I'd be on worldwide, or we'd have the kind of impact we've had on elections and cable in general.

Will Karzai be able to deliver?updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 02:32:00

Hamid Karzai is sworn in, vowing to root out corruption in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Karzai sworn in to 2nd termupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 02:32:00

Amid intense international pressure for reform, Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed to tackle corruption and drug-trafficking in a speech delivered at his inaugural ceremony Thursday.

Obama urges students to work hard, stay in schoolupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 19:58:00

One of the most unexpected controversies of the Obama administration came to a head Tuesday as the president delivered a hotly debated back-to-school speech to students across the country.

Obama urges staying in schoolupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 19:58:00

President Obama delivers a hotly debated back-to-school speech to students across the country.

In school speech, Obama says education key to country's futureupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 04:40:00

The White House released the text Monday of a controversial back-to-school speech to students from President Obama.

Michael Jackson memorial draws crowds onlineupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 23:56:00

In death as in life, Michael Jackson continues to light up the Internet.

American al Qaeda member acknowledges Jewish ancestryupdated: Sat Jun 13 2009 15:13:00

In a new anti-Israel, anti-U.S. video, an American al Qaeda member makes reference to his Jewish ancestry for the first time in an official al Qaeda message.

Obama's speech to Muslimsupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 18:41:00

President Obama delivers a message to the world's Muslims from the University of Cairo.

Smithsonian exhibit captures history of Obama inaugurationupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 21:30:00

When you think about the Smithsonian, images come to mind of old documents, artifacts and other materials from years gone by. But an exhibit unveiled Tuesday hopes to put forth a snapshot of recent history in the making.

Poll: Expectations high for Obama's speechupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 10:28:00

A national poll indicates most Americans think President Obama will give a good speech Tuesday night in his address to a joint session of Congress, but expectations are not as high as they were for his inaugural address.

Larry King: the economyupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 10:28:00

Larry talks with his panel about what President Obama will say in his address before a joint session of Congress.

Nod to Obama earns suspensionupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 12:59:00

A drum major has been suspended for nodding at President Obama during the Inaugural parade. WEWS' Duane Pohlman reports.

U.S. celebrates as President Obama vows new eraupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 10:09:00

Barack Obama launched his presidency before an estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall on Tuesday with somber yet confident tones, saying the country will overcome its serious economic and international challenges.

Inaugural ticket problemsupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 21:14:00

iReporter Mark Brodsky talks about having a ticket to the inauguration, but not being allowed into the event.

Officials admit big problems with inaugural crowdingupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 21:14:00

The U.S. senator in charge of the Congressional Inaugural Committee has acknowledged there were "significant problems" handling crowds that kept thousands of people with valid tickets from witnessing the inauguration of President Obama.

Online inauguration videos set recordsupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 13:13:00

With many workers stuck at their desks during the late-morning swearing-in of President Obama on Tuesday, more people than ever went online to watch live video of the historic inauguration.

Inaugural tickets not enoughupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 13:30:00

iReporters Rick Haverkate and Dane Borie say thousands were refused access to the inauguration, despite having tickets.

Grandson of slavesupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 17:50:00

CNN's Don Lemon discusses an emotional, upcoming story with's Wayne Drash about a Mississippi man descended from slaves.

WWII vet, grandson of slave: 'I'm speechless'updated: Wed Jan 21 2009 17:50:00

Alfred Bouey, an 84-year-old African-American, still remembers the stories from his grandfather about the scars on his body from the beatings he took as a slave in the South.

Comment: Hardship could not diminish historyupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 13:28:00

Washington D.C. will never be Rio de Janeiro but it came as close as it could yesterday.

Press Review: World hails 'United States of Obama'updated: Wed Jan 21 2009 13:21:00

Newspaper front pages around the world were unanimous Wednesday in celebrating the momentousness of Barack Obama's inauguration as U.S. president.

Celebrations for Obama in Nairobiupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 13:21:00

CNN's David McKenzie talks with Obama supporters as they celebrate his inauguration as U.S. president. Lindsay Schnell: Oregon State players feel close connection to historic inaugurationupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 12:25:00

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Because his coach insisted that routine stay the same, Omari Johnson did not get to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama live Tuesday morning. Instead Johnson, a shooting guard for the Oregon State men's basketball team, went to practice.

Commentary: Obama summons ghosts of American historyupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 11:27:00

Sometimes pictures tell a story better than words. On Inauguration Day, we saw Barack Obama, strong and certain, striding purposefully into the presidency.

Grab a piece of Obama onlineupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 09:40:00

The global economy is in the doldrums but the market for merchandise featuring the world's new mega-star shows no sign of tailing off.

AM - Inauguration Blogupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 06:59:00

The American Morning team was in DC for the historic inauguration. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the occasion on our AM Inauguration Blog! Photos, text, and video that you can only find here! Don't Miss: A Witness to History by Kiran Chetry

Security tight, movement slow on Inauguration Dayupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 23:27:00

Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the National Mall crowded Metro stations around Washington on Tuesday, slowing movement to a crawl after the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

Schneider: Tone of Obama speech right for the timesupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 23:01:00

President Obama's inaugural address was cooler, more measured and reassuring than that of other presidents making it, perhaps, the right speech for the times.

Obama inauguration celebratedupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 21:38:00

CNN's Campbell Brown looks at the inauguration of Barack Obama and says it's a night Americans will never forget.

World celebrates Obama's inaugurationupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 21:27:00

Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th U.S. President has been accompanied by celebrations around the world.

Americans celebrate Obamaupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 21:16:00

Americans across the country gather to watch President Barack Obama's historic inauguration.

Inauguration atmosphereupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 21:04:00

CNN's John Roberts hits the street to capture the atmosphere of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

Inaugural crowds test wireless networksupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 14:17:00

Wireless service was spotty in downtown Washington on Tuesday 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.

Bringing song to Obama's inauguration, students savor fameupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 13:18:00

There was no shortage of superstars in Washington this week, including the middle school students of Atlanta, Georgia's Ron Clark Academy.

Kids sing at inaugurationupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 13:18:00

Students from Atlanta's Ron Clark Academy sing "Dear Obama" on the inauguration grounds. Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen Sing Out at Obama Inaugural Celebrationupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 07:38:00

Sheryl Crow, U2 and Garth Brooks offer inspirational performances on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

No moving trucks needed for Bushes on Inauguration Dayupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 03:03:00

On Inauguration Day, there's one scene at the White House that won't be playing out exactly as it has during past transitions: the traditional moving of the outgoing first family's belongings.

Washington locals excited, but bracing for inconvenienceupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 01:33:00

Washington residents are bracing for the estimated 2 million people flocking to Washington to see Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday.

Stevie Wonder speaks on Obamaupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 13:24:00

Larry King speaks to Stevie Wonder about performing at the Lincoln Memorial and his thoughts about the Obama inauguration.

Special Ops: How to move a president in a few hoursupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 11:58:00

Comedian Mark Russell was at a recent event in Chicago, Illinois, when he found himself sitting next to Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President-elect Barack Obama.

White House decoratorupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 11:58:00

See how Barack and Michelle Obama plan to redecorate 24 rooms of the White House with a $100,000 budget.

CNNMoney: Inauguration price tag: $150 millionupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 11:49:00

The total cost of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will likely top $150 million by the time the galas and streamers and porta-pots are all cleaned up.

Inauguration transportationupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 10:55:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve looks at the transportation security plan for the inauguration.

Arrive early, wear comfy shoes on Inauguration Dayupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 10:55:00

So you're in D.C. for the inauguration. Now what?

CNNMoney: Obama merchandise: Bright spot for storesupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 08:14:00

Retail sales have contracted as consumers slow their spending, but gear linked to President-elect Barack Obama is generating sales for many retailers and designers.

'Extraordinary personal moment'updated: Sun Jan 18 2009 23:10:00

Barack Obama describes his thoughts on this historic election.

Obama at concert: The dream of our founders will live onupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 23:10:00

Inauguration revelry began Sunday afternoon as thousands of people packed the National Mall in Washington for a free concert featuring big stars.

Water taxis to ferry hundreds across Potomac for inaugurationupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 21:44:00

While nearly all maritime activity on the Potomac River will be halted on Inauguration Day, a handful of Mall-goers will sail from Virginia to Washington on water taxis.

Chertoff: Inauguration security forces 'ready'updated: Sun Jan 18 2009 20:15:00

If anything were to go seriously wrong at Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is the man who would manage the crisis response. He is trying to make sure everything goes right.

Poll: Obama's popularity grows as inauguration nearsupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 20:11:00

A national poll suggests that President-elect Barack Obama is more popular than ever despite recent speed bumps on the road to his inauguration.

Stars converge for inaugural celebrationsupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 20:08:00

John McCain tried to make Barack Obama's celebrity status a campaign issue last summer, but there's no debate about the president-elect's ability to draw famous and talented Americans to his inauguration.

Inauguration goes high fashionupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 19:56:00

Top designers have helped create a line of shirts and bags in honor of Barack Obama's inauguration.

Inaugural conundrum: controlling the crowdsupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 19:08:00

The 1 to 2 million people expected to pour into downtown Washington for inaugural festivities will pose major challenges for the city, for law enforcement, and for the attendees themselves.

Obama to crowds: 'I love you back'updated: Sat Jan 17 2009 22:17:00

Barack Obama's historic train ride to Washington on Saturday drew large, cheering crowds of people who braved freezing weather and gathered along the tracks in cities and small towns along the way in hopeful anticipation of getting a glimpse of the nation's next president.

Inaugural ticket frenzyupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 14:41:00

The hunt is on for inauguration tickets, and CNN's Jim Acosta looks at how far some people are willing to go.

Obama's whistle-stop tour chugs on to Washingtonupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 14:41:00

With just a few days until his historic inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama will travel by train from the birthplace of the nation's democracy to the city where political power brokers run it.

Officials: 2 million to show up to see Obama being sworn inupdated: Sat Jan 17 2009 08:30:00

Based on their latest estimates, congressional officials organizing next week's presidential inaugural expect 2 million people to brave extra-long security lines in the bitter cold to witness Barack Obama being sworn in as the first African-American U.S. president.

CNNMoney: Stocks stage comebackupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 18:48:00

Stocks rallied Friday, ending a choppy session on a high note as investors eyed the federal bailout of Bank of America, Citigroup's plan to split its businesses and geared up for next week's presidential inauguration.

How to watch Obama's inauguration onlineupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:55:00

More than 2 million Americans lost their jobs last year, the stock market fell by almost 45 percent from its peak, and comparisons with the Great Depression are becoming disturbingly commonplace.

One pricey inaugurationupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:49:00

Hosting history comes with a price, as CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Big inauguration comes with a big price tagupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:49:00

When President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office next month, the nation's capital will be the site of a massive celebration. But local officials are worried they might get stuck with the check.

Another first -- woman to give inaugural sermonupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:48:00

The Rev. Sharon Watkins will deliver the sermon at the traditional National Prayer Service on January 21, the day after Barack Obama is sworn in as president, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Sunday.

Obama wants to invoke God during inauguration oathupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:46:00

President-elect Barack Obama will invoke God when he takes the oath of office January 20, despite a lawsuit filed by atheist and non-religious groups, according to an attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts, who will administer the oath.

President-elect's train trip poses miles of security issuesupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 16:43:00

President-elect Barack Obama's January 17 train trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington is intended to make the inauguration the most open and accessible in history.

Officials shoring up inaugural traffic, security plansupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:55:00

With all the bridges and road closings on Inaugural Day, the problem isn't just about getting people into Washington but getting them back out after Barack Obama is sworn in January 20.

What would Dr. King say?updated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:44:00

CNN's John Zarrella asks what would Martin Luther King Jr. say about Obama's victory?

White supremacists watched in lead up to Obama administrationupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:44:00

Hate crimes experts and law enforcement officials are closely watching white supremacists across the country as Barack Obama prepares next week to be sworn in as the first black president of the United States.

The Obama inauguralupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:07:00

Barack Obama's inaugural planners carefully stage a celebration for tough times. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Q&A: Presidential inauguration 2009updated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:07:00

The 2009 presidential inauguration is looking to be historic and, frankly, headache-inducing for the throngs of people descending on the nation's capital to watch Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president.

Fife and Drum practiceupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:01:00

The U.S. Army Old Guard's Fife and Drum Corps practice for January's inauguration parade.

Fife and drum extravaganza set for Inauguration Dayupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:01:00

The Army is making sure it impresses its next commander-in-chief when he is sworn in next month. It is planning to honor President-elect Barack Obama with the biggest fife and drum corps that the Army has ever put together.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Presidential Inaugurationsupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 22:27:00

Use this resource as a brief history of presidential inaugurations and the traditions associated with them.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Presidential Inaugurationsupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 22:25:00

Students will embark on an inauguration scavenger hunt to learn about some of the unique moments in U.S. presidential inauguration history.

Grandson of slaves: Obama is our Mosesupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 16:08:00

James Presley stands amid chopped cotton, the thick Mississippi mud caked on his well-worn boots. A smile spreads across his face when he talks about voting for Barack Obama and what that might mean for generations to come. His voice picks up a notch. He holds his head up a bit higher.

Commentary: For Obama's poet, poetry 'is the human voice'updated: Mon Jan 12 2009 14:28:00

When Barack Obama is sworn in as president January 20, there will be music -- by, among others, Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and the U.S. Marine Band. There will be prayers and speeches -- including Obama's inaugural address. And for the fourth time in the nation's 56 inauguration ceremonies, there will be poetry -- by someone far less well-known.

Inauguration may be traffic, security nightmareupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 17:44:00

Planning to attend the presidential inauguration this month in Washington? Expect a fortress-like city bursting at the seams.

Obama's new rideupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 17:44:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on President-elect Barack Obama's new ride and how it compares to past presidential rides. HBO to Broadcast Obama Inaugural Ceremony for Freeupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 12:58:00

Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the performers tipped to appear

Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inauguralupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 12:41:00

A number of atheists and non-religious organizations want Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony to leave out all references to God and religion. Rihanna Ready to Rock Obama Inaugural Ballupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 10:59:00

The singer will be benefitting the group Feeding America at the Jan. 20 gala

CNNMoney: Big inauguration equals big price tagupdated: Sat Dec 20 2008 21:39:00

When President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office next month, the nation's capital will be the site of a massive celebration. But local officials are worried they might get stuck with the check. Barack Obama Set for Star-Spangled Inaugurationupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 14:39:00

A-Listers are flocking to what may be the biggest inaugural event in history

Officials plan for massive inaugural turnoutupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 01:04:00

Federal and local officials are bracing for an expected massive turnout for the January inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, but say predictions of 4 or 5 million visitors to Washington are too high.

For the inaugural crashersupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 01:04:00

Brian Chesky, creator of Crash the Inauguration, talks with CNN's Errol Barnett about the guide for ticketless people.

Businessman plans inaugural party for the peopleupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 08:18:00

As Washington gears up for January's presidential inauguration with high-priced tickets to fancy affairs, one businessman is making sure that some of the less fortunate will have a chance to share in the festivities. Oprah to Host Show in Washington During Inauguration Weekupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 20:59:00

She will air a live episode from the Kennedy Center Opera House

Inaugural planners must consider tone, given tough timesupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 07:17:00

President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural planners have a difficult task on their hands: how to put together a celebration, given the tough economic times. Five Ways to Get Tickets for Obama's Inauguration updated: Mon Dec 01 2008 21:51:00

Oprah, Beyoncé and Anne Hathaway are said to be going, so why not you?

Obama inauguration could take on subdued toneupdated: Sun Nov 30 2008 20:55:00

Millions of people are expected to go to Washington to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, but with a troubled economy and pocketbook issues on the mind, the president-elect must be careful to set the right tone.

Unseemly inaugural ballsupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 10:47:00

Given the struggling economy, how extravagant will Obama's inauguration ball be? Carol Costello reports.

Commentary: Washington getting ready for event of a lifetimeupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 09:27:00

Is it just me or has everyone living within a 120-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol Building heard from his or her fifth cousin lately?

Inaugural tickets hot hot hotupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 11:11:00

Inauguration tickets are free, but some people are paying top dollar. CNN's Brianna Keilar explains.

We recommend