Dodai here. I am watching NBC, where Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams are providing the commentary. BriWi and TomBro have voices to soothe a frazzled and excited soul this morning! The liveblog, after the jump.



12:40 Ok, I am logging off - thanks guys!

12:38 Oh, say — does that star spangled banner yet wave? O'er the land of the free — and the home of the brave.

12:36 SAY AMEN.

12:34 If anyone wants to read a full transcript of Barack Obama's speech, ABC has posted it here.

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12:32 I don't know how these people are not exhausted. Now Prez Obama has to go inside and fix the damn country, though.

12:28 Elizabeth Alexander: "I know there's something better down the road."

12:27 It ain't over! There's poetry!

12:25 Well, folks. Your new President hath spoken.

12:24 "IN THIS WINTER OF OUR HARDSHIP — LET US BRAVE THE ICY CURRENTS...."

12:22 "WE HAVE DUTIES TO OURSELVES, OUR NATION AND THE WORLD."

12:20 "WE WILL EXTEND A HAND IF YOU ARE WILLING TO UNCLENCH YOUR FIST"

12:17 YAY! Commenter Khrushchev points out that the White House Official Site has a new face!

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12:16 "WE REJECT AS FALSE THE CHOICE BETWEEN OUR SAFETY AND OUR IDEALS."


12:11 "OUR JOURNEY HAS NEVER BEEN ONE OF SHORTCUTS"

12:10 "HOPE OVER FEAR"

12:08 Quiet you guys the new prez is talking. Heathcare is too costly. The ways we use energy is funding the terrorists, you guys. And there's a "sapping of confidence" across our land.

12:04 He stumbled! Over the oath! But grinned!

12:02 Yo Yo Ma is there. And Itzhak Perlman. Basically: everybody.

11:56 Biden is being sworn in RIGHT NOW. Against all enemies foreign and domestic!!!

11:54 Well. Okay then. Barack SMILING!

11:53 Do we think Aretha had that hat in her closet, or was it a new and special purchase?

11:53 ARETHA!

11:51 Why does Rick Warren say "Malia" and Sasha" like they are some weird African names he has never heard of?

11:49 Joe Biden looks like he is thinking about something else.

11:48 Rick Warren prays, but I do not.

11:45 Dianne Feinstein: "The freedom of a people to choose its leaders is the root of liberty."

11:44 "Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats."

11:43 "BARACK H. OBAMA" And the crowd goes wild.

11:42 Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein…

11:41 TomBro is talking about barrios, what?

11:38 Lester Holt thinks Barack Obama walking alone to the podium is a "lonely moment." TomBro is talking about fixing the economy, and these unprecedented issues.

11:37 Barack Obama. Red power tie. IT IS ON.

11:36 Just think for one minute what it would be like to be a Secret Service person today. Your entire body is ONE NERVE.

11:35 Cheney is basically Professor X from X-Men now.

11:34 Cheney in wheelchair! I hate to LOL, but seriously.

11:32 Anna says that on MSNBC you can hear people singing "Hey hey, goodbye" for W.

11:31 President Bush. With posse. Oh! Michelle looks good. Is she bling-blingin'??

11:30 Lester Holt reports that things may be running 16 minutes late.

11:29 Epic, EPIC shots of the crowd. And Malia is taking pictures! Love her. BriWi points out that she has "better than average angles."

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11:28 Tom Brokaw is pointing out that Michelle's brother is wearing Princeton colors.

11:27 Okay Laura Bush's gray looks better in the sunlight, okay?

11:26 Hey do not shoot Sasha through the bulletproof glass, she looks like she has a sixhead!!

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11:25 Laura Bush in what others would call "dove gray." I think it's rather somber.

11:24 Michelle's mom has an air of awesomeness.

11:23 Malia and Sasha! Malia is wearing a blue coat with a cinched waist and Sasha is wearing salmon-y pink. THEY ARE TOO CUTE.

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11:22 BriWi says there are "snafus" at the entrance gates and "unwieldy crowds." Noted.

11:22 Bush daughters in the house.

11:21 Bill Clinton, woo! Hillary, woo!

11:20 Jimmy Carter just walked out, and now George HW and Barbara. Is Babs' purple scarf a nod to bipartisanship, or is my TV wonky?