Inauguration '09 Briefs: Barack Obama's team sends text message updates to inauguration crowd

Oklahoman Modified: January 21, 2009 at 10:54 am •  Published: January 21, 2009
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photo - A U.S. Military Honor guard marches during the inaugural parade for President Barack  Obama Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A U.S. Military Honor guard marches during the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Obama called three names
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was called three different names during the Inauguration. An announcer welcomed Barack H. Obama to the Capitol’s west steps. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Barack Hussein Obama, who repeated his full name. And the ceremony ended with the Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction for Barack Obama.

Text messages sent to crowd
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s aides sent text messages to thousands of people about crowd control, public transportation and even the weather Tuesday as he took the oath of office. Minutes after taking office and stewardship of the White House Web site, Obama started to build another list to keep people updated about his administration’s efforts.

Millions watch event online
NEW YORK — An unprecedented number of people watched the inauguration of Barack Obama on their computer screens. Akamai Technologies Inc. said 7.7 million people watched video streams carried by Akamai at the same time — a record for the company. Limelight Networks Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., said 2.5 million people watched the event on sites that use it for delivery.

1,000 people turned away
WASHINGTON — At least 1,000 people who held tickets to the swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol couldn’t get in Tuesday. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for U.S. Capitol Police, said that certain ticketholders who hadn’t been screened for the ceremony were rerouted to "prevent crowd overflow that could pose a danger to public safety.


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