"live" means live on CNN, not live on National Mall. It was already around 1AM on 1/21 in Shanghai.
Many Americans take it as turning moments of history. Bush is in his new low, US economy is nowhere better, and the new elected, as the first black President, represents American dream well. Millions of People gathered in the National Mall area between Capitol and Lincoln Memorial to watch this moment, let along those who watched live broadcast all around the world.
It was the first time I watch President of USA inauguration. The whole process is very unique.
The ceremony is hosted by Senator Dianne Feinstein. After her call to order and welcoming remarks, pastor Rick Warren gives the invocation, followed by Aretha Franklin's perform.
After that, the vice-president-elect, Joe Biden, is sworn into office by the supreme court justice John Paul Stevens. Biden has practised it very well.
Yo-yo Ma and other musicians perform.
It has past noon. Obama becomes 44th President of USA by rule (1/20 noon).
Obama takes the oath of office, using Abraham Lincoln's inaugural Bible, administered by the supreme court chief justice John Roberts. Obama is a little bit nervous or excited, so he stumbled a little bit on first sentence.
After the oath, Obama delivers his inaugural speech, urges American to overcome hardship with hope and virtue.
The ceremony wrap up by poem reading of Elizabeth Alexander, and benediction of Reverend Dr Joseph E Lowery.
"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- when yellow will be mellow -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- and when white will embrace what is right."