8:47: Obamas emerge. Networks show. A band playing "America the Beautiful" can be heard on some channels. Motorcade. CNN notes they are running late. But it is literally a couple of minutes to the church. NBC's Brokaw has more than once brought up Mrs. Obama's clothes; he attributes it to "living with four women. ... I pay attention."
"Now the day is basically out of the Obama's control," says Matt Lauer. Since the church service is a private, several networks go to commercial.