Hi everyone from Washington, D.C., where I'll kick off our Inauguration coverage tonight. Americans are also commemorating the 80th birthday of civil-rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., and Washington is brimming with people celebrating the convergence of historic events. Chip Reid begins our coverage at the Capitol.
The crowds started arriving in the nation’s capital over the weekend, packing the National Mall and jamming the Metro subway system. Sharyl Attkisson spoke withsome of the millions who’ve traveled from far and wide to witness the inaugural ceremonies.
We'll also look ahead to President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address by taking a look … back. Jeff Greenfield, a former presidential speechwriter himself, has a short history of the best – and, well, the worst – of the memorable inaugural speeches given by our country's leaders.
Finally tonight: when Mr. Obama is sworn in tomorrow, he'll place his right hand on the famed "Lincoln Bible." It is the same bible the great emancipator used in 1861 – but you might be surprised where it actually came from. Bill Plante has this bible story.
Also, just a quick note about our plans for Inauguration Day tomorrow. In addition to daylong coverage on CBS, I'll be anchoring a live prime time special, “Change and Challenge, The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” beginning at 9 p.m. And then, it's time for what we call our “after party,” our live Webcast. It begins at 10 p.m. Check it out here, and be sure to submit any questions you have about the inauguration. We’ll answer some of them during the Webcast.