Saturday, January 17, 2009

CBS News Sunday Morning: The Torch Is Passed

Friday, Jan. 16, 2009

There are only a handful of days left before Barack Obama will take the oath of office in one of this nation’s most historic presidential inaugurations. This Sunday, Chief White House Correspondent Bob Schieffer will be taking a look back at some of the more memorable and forgettable inaugurations in our Sunday Morning cover story.


Have you ever noticed how presidents seem to age during their time in the White House? One theory holds that they age twice as fast as the rest of us. Correspondent Tracy Smith looks at this latest wrinkle in presidential aging.


One of the most remarkable things about an inauguration is what it represents, the strength of a nation that for 220 years has seen a peaceful transition of power from one elected leader to another.  But the handoff of the presidency also is a great time of vulnerability, because while we’re celebrating the workings of democracy, the world goes on, creating problems the new president will need to confront on day one. As Correspondent Rita Braver reports, there are high-level Bush administration officials working to prepare the incoming Obama team for what only can be described as a worst case scenario.


The whole world will be watching the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama and we’ll have reports from across the globe: in Europe, Asia and the Middle East as billions of people await the much anticipated ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.  


President-elect Obama is no stranger to the New York Times best-seller list, putting him at the top of the game as an author. Singer Mariah Carey who will be singing at one of the inaugural balls celebrating his presidency is also a person who’s at the top of her game with more No. 1 hits than any other solo artist in history. Correspondent Troy Roberts talks with Carey about some of the ups and downs of her extremely successful music career, her marriage to actor-comedian Nick Cannon, and her chance to sing for the Obamas at Washington’s Neighborhood Ball.


President Harry S. Truman once said, “If you’re looking for a friend in Washington, then get a dog.” Well, the president-elect is certainly looking into that but, there is no question the presidency can be like an isolation chamber, separating its occupant from the places and people he or she knows and loves. Bill Geist knows what Mr. Obama will be missing in his hometown of Chicago and takes us on a tour of some of his old haunts.


All this and more this Sunday Morning.

Listen for the trumpet.   


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