WASHINGTON, January 20, 2013 — Most people won’t be in Washington, DC watching the 2013 Inauguration in person. They won’t be standing on the Mall and having to watch the Swearing-in on the giant TV screens looming over them. They won’t be on tiptoe along the parade route, trying to peer over the shoulders of the crowds in front of them to catch a glimpse of President Barack and Michelle Obama striding by.
Nope. Most people will hunker down in their homes, watching some or all of the Inaugural events, drinking a favorite beverage (remember Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, a federal holiday), all the while watching 800,000 plus people, bundled against the chill, who will only get glimpses of what is going on. No doubt about it: the best way to see the 57th Inauguration is at home, sweet home.
A Rasmussen poll found that 58% of likely U.S. voters will be watching some part of Inaugural Day on television, including 18% who plan to watch everything and 14% who will watch most of it. Another 41% have made other plans and are not watching any of it. An undecided 2% just can’t make up their minds what to do.
You at home will have a wide array of coverage, starting with the private Swearing-in of President Obama and Vice President Biden on Sunday — since the Constitution requires the oath for the presidency must take place on January 20 — all the way through the balls, and you never have to put on a tux.
Below, in no special or politically slanted order, are the stations covering the Inaugural events and who will be anchoring and reporting. For the exact times of all the events, go to 2013 Inauguration: Official ties and schedule of events. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
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Communities editors and writers will be on hand to chat the event, including a live Google Hangout.
The days events are to include:
Swearing in Ceremony (11:50am)
Big stars are on tap for the big day, including Beyoncé, who will sing the national anthem. In addition, James Taylor will perform “America the Beautiful” and Kelly Clarkson “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” when Obama takes the oath of office.
Inaugural Balls and Kids’ Inaugural Concert
The celebrities keep coming with Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder all part of the stacked lineup performing at Obama’s official inaugural balls and Kids’ Inaugural Concert. Also performing are John Legend, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, Far East Movement, Fun., Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, and the cast of “Glee.”
The Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Ball
The Creative Coalition, which advocates for greater funding of the arts in Washington, will host an inaugural ball at the Harman Center for the Arts and feature a performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. Also expected to hit the scene are Chelsea Handler, Kirsten Dunst, John Leguizamo, Paula Abdul, Omar Epps, David Arquette, Tim Daly of “Private Practice,” “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet, Connie Britton of “Nashville,” Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard, Melissa Leo, Alan Cumming, Ashley Greene, Giancarlo Esposito, Wayne Brady, John Galecki, Matt Bomer, Evan Handler, Marlon Wayans, and Lynn Whitfield.
Artists Making an Impact Cocktail Reception Buffet Dinner
This cocktail party taking place at Oya restaurant will entertain the likes of Lena Dunham and Allison Williams of “Girls,” along with Chris Tucker, Alfre Woodard, Tatyana Ali, Malin Akerman, Sophia Bush, Lynn Whitfield, Jonathan Del Arco, Star Jones, Sandra Fluke, Al Sharpton, Jurnee Smollett, and Kate Walsh.
Plan to Rock! Party
Hosted by Planned Parenthood and Rock the Vote, alongside Alexis Bledel, Tatyana Ali, Aisha Tyler and Kate Walsh, the Plan to Rock! Party will feature a DJ set by Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest fame. Also scheduled to perform is the band Delta Rae.
Musicians on Call Charity Benefit
Held at the 9:30 Club, glitter fiend Ke$ha will be the headlining act and DJ Jazzy Jeff will provide the beats. The benefit is sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Out for Equality Celebration
Held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, the Human Rights Campaign will host this event featuring singer Cyndi Lauper, E! anchor Ross Matthews, and Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Will Swenson and Frenchie Davis.
Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper are the anchors for CNN, starting with coverage on Sunday of the private Swearing-in ceremony at 11:55 a.m., with full coverage starting at 10 a.m. On Monday expect wall-to-wall coverage and maybe a hologram or too as well, starting at 5 a.m. with Soledad O’Brien.
The reporting and analytic teams consist of John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, John King, Don Lemom, and Piers Morgan. Cooper will be live from the Mall, Morgan and Burnett will broadcast live from the balls, which start at 6 p.m. Doris Kearns Goodwin, the historian, will be sharing her perspective of past and current presidents.
Co-anchoring the coverage for most of Sunday and Monday, Megyn Kelly and Bret Brier will cover the oath of office when it is taken twice to the Inaugural Balls on Monday night. Their team includes regulars Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes, Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Bob Beckel, Dana Perino, Jon Scott, and Jenna Lee.
Holding down the fort, so to speak, Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will be at Lafayette Park across from the White House. James Rosen and correspondent Doug McKelway are to cover the Parade and Molly Henneberg and reporter Peter Doocy will report from the two Inaugural Balls.
ABC News plans extensive coverage of the second Presidential Inauguration of President Obama on TV and its digital platforms including ABCNews.com and ABC’s mobile apps, Yahoo!, and radio.
Coverage will begin on Sunday morning, January 20, with a special edition of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” in which Stephanopoulos and his roundtable will examine the upcoming issues for this President. Just before noon, Diane Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will anchor a special report of the private inaugural at the White House.
On Monday, January 21, live coverage will start at 7 a.m., with “Good Morning America, Special Inaugural Edition,” co-anchored by Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. From 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will anchor the coverage of the entire day as well as reaction from around the nation. They will be joined by the ABC news team of Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, David Muir, Bill Weir, Deborah Roberts, Cecilia Vega, Reena Ninan reporting from the parade route, Terry Moran, and Pierre Thomas.
MSNBC will also present continuing coverage of the Second Inauguration of Barack Obama from Sunday, January 20 through Tuesday, January 22, starting with Chris Hayes at 8 a.m. and Melissa Harris-Perry at 10. Chuck Todd will anchor coverage of the private swearing in of the President beginning at 11:50 a.m.
“Way Too Early” and an extended “Morning Joe” will broadcast live from 5:30-10:00 a.m., with hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist. Guests will include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Sen. Tim Kaine, David Axelrod, Maureen Dowd, Mike Barnicle, Michael Steele, and Alex Wagner.
MSNBC Inauguration Day coverage will continue live from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. hosted by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews with Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton. Correspondents will include Andrea Mitchell and Luke Russert at the Capitol and Chuck Todd from the White House parade-viewing stand. No information on coverage of the balls.
MSNBC online (tv.msnbc.com, facebook/msnbc, twitter.com/msnbc) will be the digital companion to MSNBC TV on Inauguration Day. Viewers are encouraged to contribute their Inauguration photos and reactions via twitter and facebook.
CBS: Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett will be joined by Wyatt Andrews, Sharyl Attkisson, Margaret Brennan, Jan Crawford, John Dickerson, John Miller, Byron Pitts, Bill Plante, and Chip Reid. CBS also plans to have wall-to-wall coverage.
Scott Pelley will anchor Inauguration coverage, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, following a three-hour “CBS This Morning” with hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.
Sold to Al-Jazeera, Current TV will go out with a bang with their real-time coverage and analysis of the Inauguration, starting on January 21 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. with former Governor Jennifer Granholm, John Fugelsang, David Shure, and David Shuster.
Current TV’s will resume at 6 p.m. with live broadcasts of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” at 6 p.m., “The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur” at 7 p.m. and John Fugelsang’s “Viewpoint” at 8 p.m.
A special roundtable coverage of the inaugural balls will continue at 9 p.m., including analysis from Granholm, Uygur, Fugelsang, and Shure.
At this writing PBS and NBC News had not yet announced their lineup of anchors and correspondents, but it is likely to be the men and women who usually preside over the news week nights, and the coverage will include most of Sunday and Monday’s activities.
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