The Inauguration Update, January 2009

Barack Obama’s Inauguration as the 44th President of the United States occured on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, and the watch watchers had one question in mind, as they watched the events of the day — would Obama wear the Secret Service chronograph that he had been wearing, during his campaign (and which might have become his “lucky watch”) or would he go back to the TAG-Heuer watch (which might have some sentimental value, from his days as a young law professor, community organizer or newlywed)? The weather in Washington, D.C. was very cold on the day of the Inauguration, meaning that Obama would be wearing long sleeves, an overcoat and leather gloves. It was much easier watching his watch during the hot summer days, when he was campaigning in the Deep South, with his sleeves rolled up.

The photos from the morning prayer service, and the pre-inauguration visit to the White House were inconclusive, as Obama’s cuff, suit jacket, overcoat and gloves kept his watch covered for most of the morning. Then, as he was taking the oath of office, with his right hand raised and his left hand on the Lincoln Bible, we finally saw the watch of the day . . . the “Secret Service” chronograph that Obama had been wearing since August of 2007. (Click on the photograph, for a closer look at the chronograph.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, was President Obama’s first full day on the job. During the day, he signed his first act as President, a proclamation declaring a national day of renewal and reconciliation and calling on Americans to serve one another. [Click on either of the images below, for a closer look at the watch.]

In subsequent days, with each signing of additional executive orders, members of the public saw President Obamas “Secret Service” chronograph, and asked the question: “Which watch is Obama wearing?”

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