The Note: Bipartisanship in Washington?

This historic day full of pomp and circumstance got underway at 9:00 am ET with a bipartisan interfaith prayer service attended by the House leadership and rank and file members in honor of American military men and women.

At noon ET, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) becomes the first woman Speaker of the House and partakes in the swearing-in ceremony with all the members of the 110th Congress. Later this afternoon, Speaker Pelosi partakes in ceremonial swearing-ins in the Rayburn Room at the US Capitol.

Tonight, a celebration concert takes place at the National Building Museum at 6:30 pm ET where Speaker Pelosi is expected to make remarks.

Be sure to tune into ABC News' live coverage of the Capitol Hill events at 2:00 pm ET and all day on, ABC News Now, and ABC News Radio.

In the other body, Senators participated in a closed press bipartisan caucus meeting at 9:00 am ET. The new Senate convenes at noon ET for Vice President Cheney to administer the oaths of office in groups of four before heading over to the Old Senate Chamber later this afternoon for individual reenactments of the Senators being sworn into office.

President Bush meets with the Chancellor of Germany in the Oval Office at 5:00 pm ET and then the two leaders plan to make statements to cameras at 6:20 pm ET.

Fresh from filing paperwork yesterday with the Federal Election Commission to form a presidential exploratory committee, outgoing Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) plans to hold a 1:45 pm ET photo-op/media availability outside of his campaign headquarters (instantly well stocked with BlackBerries and working phone lines for his brand new campaign staff) in the North End of Boston.

Romney has not yet decided when and how to formally "declare" his candidacy. But money raised by Romney's "exploratory" committee can be used on his White House bid. In fact, it's the same account.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has a packed schedule today attending many of his colleagues' swearing-in receptions. Yesterday, per the Chicago Sun Times' Lynn Sweet, he stopped by the Chicago offices of his media strategist, David Axelrod. LINK

Sen. Obama, now in the majority, also plans to preside over the Senate for the first time today at 3:15 pm ET.

In Boston, Gov.-elect Deval Patrick (D-MA) takes the oath of office today. Gov. Lynch (D-NH), Gov. Douglas (R-VT), and Gov. Heineman (R-NE) also all participate in their inaugural events today.

US Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas Donohue briefed reporters on the organization's 2007 policy objectives and priorities at 9:30 am ET.

An era of bipartisanship?:

"I think you are looking for a lot more gridlock than common ground," said ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" when sizing up the new Congress and its relationship with President Bush.

". . . behind the talk by both Republicans and Democrats about working together lie competing agendas and principles that may be at fundamental odds," write ABC News' Jake Tapper and Toni Wilson. LINK

Tapper also blogs on the "leaked" memo from the office of incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to his Democratic colleagues. LINK

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein lays out how "early signs of bipartisan corporation have all but evaporated on Capitol Hill." LINK

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