The young members of the P.S. 22 choir have become Staten Island celebrities and a part of American history, and on Monday, they were sharing their memories of performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
After a brief greeting, the superstar asked the audience to stand, and immediately belted out an unaccompanied rendition of the “The Star Spangled Banner” which was received with hoots and applause.
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
If you thought Beyonce’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” was flawless, that’s because parts of it were pre-recorded.
“Honestly when the music started, my heart steadied, I felt the love, the support and prayers of everybody surrounding me and then it just a matter of delivering it,” said Alicia Olatuja.
President Barack Obama took a public oath of office on Monday after he was sworn in during a private ceremony on Sunday. The Constitution requires presidential terms to begin on Jan. 20.
That included a watch party at the Harlem Armory, where applause erupted following the ceremonial swearing-in.
It’s not exactly the Red Carpet ceremony, but President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration has an unmistakable Hollywood look.
President Obama will repeat the swearing-in ritual again Monday on the west front of the Capitol before a crowd of hundreds of thousands.
Numerous inauguration viewing parties and other events have been were planned for Monday in New York, some of them in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama will headline two inaugural balls Monday night, but two nights earlier, the kids were set to get their turn.
More than 6,000 people entered a lottery for tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in Washington Monday at the office of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), and there were 120 winners.
The choir will sing “God Bless the USA,” “Home,” “On Top of the World” and “One Dream.”
The Pfails hadn’t planned for a road trip to the nation’s capital next week, but Sen. Charles Schumer invited them to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
It’s the first time a New York wine has ever been served at a Presidential inauguration and all out in Long Island’s wine country are beaming with pride.
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