Entertainment tidbits and headlines from around the ‘net – today with a political turn:

  • It was an historic day today as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was sworn in in front of a record breaking crowd both in Washington and online/on televisions throughout the world. His speech was inspiring, inclusive and powerful – if you were one of the few who missed, you can view the full speech or read it here. The ceremony was followed by a parade and then 10 official Inaugural Balls…which should keep the First Couple out into the wee hours of the morning. For great coverage of the ceremony itself (along with some great images of key moments from the afternoon), check out this fantastic liveblog.
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    Above: With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. Source: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force
  • Change was immediately in the air…or at the very least online…as, mirroring the transition of leadership from this afternoon, the White House website received a complete overhaul. Also, as many social network users noted, the first blog post on the new site was posted less than a minute after Obama took the Oath of Office. Compare old and new below:
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  • Keeping in a political frame of mind, Variety is running a series of excellent articles spotlighting The Daily Show and Jon Stewart. It’s all part of their ongoing coverage of the 10th anniversary of the best fake news program on television.
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  • And yet another sign of the tough uphill climb the new president will have to attempt, Warner Brothers announced today that it was cutting 10% of it’s worldwide staff (equivalent to approx. 800 jobs). Studio heads Barry Meyer and Alan Horn revealed the move in a company-wide memo this morning:

    Based on the global economic situation and current business forecasts, the studio will have to make staff reductions in the coming weeks in order to control costs.