This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Ed Henry) The decision behind the oath do-over and the issue of transparency on the part of the Obama administration with this second oath not being covered by television discussed; White House photo shown. [Vice President Joe BIDEN - jokes about Roberts.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Jeffrey Toobin) The constitutional law behind the presidential transition with the oath being irrelevant and the question of whether executive orders will be redone discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen and John King and BET's Pamela Gentry about Kennedy. [GERGEN - comments on the circus-like atmosphere about New York stories about Kennedy pulling out.] [GENTRY - speculates on why Kennedy might withdraw.] [KING - calls this story bizarre; comments on source reports and rumors.]
(White House: Ed Henry) Obama's first day in office reviewed; details given about executive orders to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison, ban torture in interrogation and starting a review of all detention policies, a pay freeze for White House staffers and phone calls about the Middle East. [OBAMA - says transparency will be the touchstone; promises to make information known.] [January 12, President BUSH - talks about the responsibilities for the president.]
(Washington: Candy Crowley) The confirmation hearings for Clinton, Treasury nominee Tim Geithner and Attorney General designate Eric Holder examined; scenes shown from Senate committee hearings. [Senator John CORNYN- comments on the State job.] [Senator John McCAIN - says we should work together.] [GEITHNER - says his tax mistakes were careless, unintentional and he regrets not doing it sooner.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - comments on the Holder nomination.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Obama's first day including retaking the oath of office noted. Live strategy session held with David Gergen and John King and BET's Pamela Gentry about Obama's first day. [GERGEN - says the retaking of the oath was not really necessary.] [KING - says it was important for this Democratic president to have a good day; talks about questions about transparency with new lobbying restrictions; notes he will get the second installment of the bailout money.] [GENTRY - explains how Obama was different today with his unhappiness with Vice President-elect Joe Biden's crack about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his statement about lobbying.] [GERGEN - comments on the "warming" relationship between Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the larger point of Obama getting off to a running start and getting trust back in the government with restrictions on lobbying.] [KING - says Obama needs the trust.] [GENTRY - predicts Eric Holder and Tim Geithner will be confirmed.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) The discovery in the Hudson River of the engine from the plane; the product recall of peanut butter stemming from the salmonella outbreak and a report that President Obama will be able to keep his BlackBerry reported.
(Studio: Erica Hill) The first night in the White House for the presidential daughters Malia and Sasha Obama reviewed; details given about the White House scavenger hunt for the girls and from a letter to them from the Bush daughters. [Michelle OBAMA - says she is mom-in-chief.] [First lady historian Myra GUTIN- says this signals she will not be involved in public policy; predicts she will have an effect on American families.] [On "Good Morning America," Michelle OBAMA - calls it surreal and exciting.] [On "Larry King Live," Michelle OBAMA - comments on her role.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with "Breakthrough" author/"Washington Week" host Gwen Ifill about the Obamas and "breakthrough" black leaders. [IFILL - says we have not yet transcended race in America; comments on the new generation of black leaders and their relationship to the traditional civil rights movement; speaks about the controversy about her book and hosting a debate: that she became a lightning strike; explains the tightrope of keeping black support while not alienating the white vote.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) Last night's celebrations featured; scenes shown of the Obamas at the balls with Beyonce singing "At Last," members of the Illinois National Guard in Afghanistan talking baseball with the president, the first couple dancing with two sergeants, at the Youth Ball to thank the youngest voters, an "old school" dance, the Western States ball, the Eastern States ball and other stars at the balls.