Watching 2009 US Presidential Inauguration Online

Today is an historic day.


You may be stuck in a place with no TV or at work. No worries. There are plenty of ways to catch the inauguration ceremony online and here is a quick run through.

The Swearing-in Ceremony is at 11:30AM and at 2:30PM the Inaugural Parade will move down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

At 7PM, the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with performances by some of the music world’s best. ABC is casting this live from 8-10pm EST.

Inauguration Streaming Video

  1. Official Site
    First, check the official Inugural Schedule to learn what time is different events scheduled at. The Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) website will stream live video of the official swearing-in Ceremony beginning at 11:30AM.
    Just make sure you have Microsoft Silverlight installed to view this stream in your computer.
  2. Live Feed & Virtual Flight over D.C.
    Harris Corp will be streaming live high definition views of the parade route and 3D virtual views of downtown DC. You can also see a live video feed of the parade route via a webcam positioned atop the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown D.C. (this didn’t open in Firefox/linux)
  3. is already live streaming the inauguration proceedings here. You can also view past inaugural ceremonies, interviews, speeches in the Obama Presidency page.
  4. UStream.TV is also live streaming the Inauguration proceedings and it gives you a chance to voice your excitement via the interactive chat. In fact, Ustream just released an iPhone app that will let you watch this live stream right from iPhone or iPod Touch.
  5. C-SPAN
    C-SPAN is using Mogulus to webcast a multichannel grid of these activities
  6. LiveStation
    if you are looking for an international perspective, Livestation will be offering content from BBC World News, Euro News & France 24.
  7. CNN
    Broadcasting live and will be using Facebook status updates from users logged onto Facebook Connect at
  8. MSNBC/Fox News
    MSNBC & Fox News are streaming live as well.
  9. Joost
    Joost will be live streaming CBS new’s feed.
  10. USA Today is also live streaming.

Inauguration on Twitter
If you will be on Twitter today, here are a few Twitter accounts worth following:

I am not sure if Twitter is going to be able to handle the slew of tweets people live-tweeting from DC and the rest of us tweeting about this and the rest. I really don’t want to see the fail whale today!

Enjoy watching this historical event! :-)


Wow, that was an awesome speech! If you missed it, you can read the Inaugural Speech Transcript at NPR.

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15 Responses to “Watching 2009 US Presidential Inauguration Online”

  1. Atniz January 20, 2009 at 11:42 am #

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  2. chip January 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

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    I have great hopes for Obama. I supported him in the election and I think he was the best choice even though I am a registered Republican. I hope the current administration hasn’t screwed up this country and world so bad that anyone in the job will be unsuccessful.
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  5. iPhone 3G January 20, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    One of the greatest speeches I will ever hear… important moment for the world.

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  6. JBO January 22, 2009 at 5:30 am #

    From here in the UK I find it fascinating how one man can have such an impact in all countries all over the world!

    I wish him and the US the best of luck!

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  8. Chelle@Addiction Help January 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    We were able to watch most of it on tv until I had to leave to take my little brother to school – from there we listened to the radio! It’s nice to know that there’s places online you can watch stuff though – I wonder if anybody watched it from their phones?

  9. JR @ Cheap Laptop Computers January 24, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    It certainly was a historic and magnificent event, it’s actually the first one I ever actually watched.

  10. viral videos January 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I’ve got to say I wondered if there was any real substance behind the hype, but the first few days of his presidency have set an impressive tone. I’m beginning to believe.

  11. ajay@Christian Counseling Dallas January 28, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    I have great hopes for Obama. I supported him in the election and I think he was the best choice.

  12. enggar January 28, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    i didn’t watch obama inauguration because i am being not in front of television or internet.
    whereas i want to see it. :-(

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    Hello ,
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  15. Chris @ iPhone Free February 10, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    It was an unbelievable and life -changing speech. I believe Obama will set a barrier for which every president that will come after will have to climb over and above.

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