… some time in the next hour, Barack Obama will have a private ritual that symbolizes that change of power.
He will have his national security briefing, as he has throughout the transition.
But at the end of that briefing, the military aide that carries the briefcase with the nuclear “football” — the codes for launching any kind of a nuclear strike — will instruct the president-elect on how to do that.
That will happen before he goes to the church service at 8:25am this morning. He won’t get the actual card to launch the strikes until after he is sworn in. …
via George’s Bottom Line.
Happy Inauguration Day people. Obama has been sworn in and George Bush can no longer nuke anything.