Obama called three namesWASHINGTON — 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 crowdWASHINGTON — 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 onlineNEW 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 awayWASHINGTON — 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.”
Police report no arrestsWASHINGTON — Fifty-eight federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and thousands of cops secured the inauguration of Barack Obama and parade that followed — and no one got busted. There were no arrests or major incidents, authorities said.
Celebrities join crowd at eventWASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s inauguration proved to be a mix of serious reflection and fraternity-like ribbing with a dash of celebrity gazing. Among those in the select group of 400 were boxing legend Muhammad Ali, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, award winning director Steven Spielberg and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Poet echoes Obama’s wordsNEW YORK — Following Barack Obama’s inaugural speech, poet Elizabeth Alexander echoed the new leader’s tribute to daily labor, his call for responsibility and his reminder of the sacrifices that made his election possible. Alexander is the fourth poet to recite at the National Mall in Washington. CABINET
Senate sets vote on ClintonWASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday swiftly approved six members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, but put off for a day the vote on his choice to be secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. A roll call vote on Clinton is set for today. From Wire Services