Thursday, January 8, 2009

DAT Inaguration Celebration at Roadhouse -- 8:30 p.m. -- 20 Jan 2009

DAT will be holding an Inauguration Celebration on Tuesday, January 20, to welcome our new President, Barack Obama, starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Roadhouse Barbecue in Bangkok (map at It’s free, and all are welcome! Come to cheer with your friends and fellow Democrats and share all the excitement of the parades, crowds, ceremonies, oath of office and the (soon to be) President Obama’s Inauguration speech that will be showing live on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Roadhouse.

The official Inauguration schedule (see website states that the official Inauguration ceremony will start at 10 a.m. in Washington, but there will be plenty of news coverage prior to that, because as many as 3 million Americans are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. for the celebration, making it possibly one of the largest public gatherings of Americans ever. By law, the oath of office must be taken before 12 noon (i.e. 12 midnight, Bangkok time) and following the Inauguration speech, the official Inauguration parade will start, taking us to right up to closing time in Bangkok.

DAT will also have our "greatest hits" of political humor and videos (courtesy of Elizabeth and Andy Boname) running on some of the monitors as the Inauguration approaches. To get us in the mood, and keep us hoppin’, Chef Dana is promising a roast beef special and other delicacies who want to come eat, plus 100 baht margaritas all night long. He is also promising to invent a special Obama cocktail for the night, which will be available at a special price, but won’t reveal the recipe just yet!

A limited number of the Obama Thai-English t-shirts, and other DAT t-shirts, will be available in exchange for a donation to the organization, which will make sure we are able to be one step ahead to get out the vote for mid-term elections in 2010 and beyond!

Please RSVP if you think you can make it to the historic Obama-Biden Inaugural watch party by sending an email to

Phil Robertson
Chair, DAT

The Inauguration ceremony schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day
The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

* Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
* Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
* Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
* Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
* Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
* Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
* President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
* Inaugural Address
* Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
* Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
* The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.

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