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Obama / Inauguration Day #919031

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009
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(Washington: Charles Gibson) The transformation of America with the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African American president reported; scenes shown of the people in Washington, DC, the Obamas and Bushes at the White House, the political dignitaries, Vice President-elect Joe Biden taking his oath and Obama being sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. [WOMAN - comments.] [OBAMA - repeats Roberts' words.] [In address, OBAMA - speaks about the challenges in a new era of responsibility; states we will not waver in the defense of our way of live: that we will defeat you.] [Rev. Joseph LOWERY - gives the benediction.] Obama at a signing ceremony and a luncheon, the inaugural parade and Obama walking the parade route shown.

(Washington: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) Obama's speech with the theme of responsibility, how it was a briefing speech, the references to President Bush, the crowd and the collapse of Senator Edward Kennedy at the luncheon discussed.

(Washington: Charles Gibson) The 1.9 million estimate of the crowd noted.

(Washington: Bill Weir) The view from the crowd in Washington featured; scenes shown of the visitors. [Several PEOPLE - comment on their experience.] [1960s Freedom Riders Joan MULHOLLAND, Reginald GREEN - recall Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches.]

(Washington: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Washington and White House: Jake Tapper) The first official acts of President Obama featured; scenes shown of him signing a presidential order; details given about the issue of Hillary Clinton's confirmation as Secretary of State and about his early executive orders. [OBAMA - talks about the signing.] Photos shown of the three staffers who arrived for work at the White House early. [Press secretary Robert GIBBS - recounts the message from {predecessor} Dana Perino.]

Gibson, Charles;
George, Charles Gibson,;
Weir, Bill;
Tapper, Jake

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