The Internet is bustling with news of yesterday’s inauguration of President Obama (it feels strange writing that) and I feel somewhat guilty adding to the overabundance of news. As a compromise I’m going to limit myself to this single roundup post.
- One intrepid soul has compiled a collection of videos of every inauguration speech from the past 100 years. (via Kottke)
- If audio-visual isn’t your thing (or you want to go further back than 100 years), Bartleby has the text of all inauguration addresses in U.S. history. (via Raul Gutierrez)
- As expected, the inauguration ceremony was polished and passed without problems. However Obama did make one mistake in his speech: forty-four Americans haven’t taken the presidential oath, only forty-three (although there have been forty-four Presidents). See why on the newly updated List of Presidents of the United States of America entry on Wikipedia.
- The new design for the White House website was updated moments after the oath was taken… and it looks a lot nicer than the old one (as this comparison of 12 years of WhiteHouse.gov shows). (Thanks to @wilstephens for alerting me to the change in a very timely fashion). Promisingly, third-party content on the site is Creative Commons licensed.
- Flickr’s Inauguration 2009 pool has some great photos available and The Big Picture doesn’t disappoint with its high-calibre offering.
- Newseum has a large collection of newspaper front pages following the inauguration, a nice complement to this collection from November 5th, following Obama’s election win.
- For those interested, Jason compares WhiteHouse.gov’s robots.txt file from before and after the inauguration. Geeky but amazing: hopefully a sign of things to come.
- Hungry? The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is offering the recipes from the inaugural luncheon (pdf). Now where can I get my hands on 6 Maine lobsters… (via Lifehacker)
- The New York Times analyses the text of inauguration addresses past, revealing the most prominently used words. (via Seed)
Welcome, President Obama.