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Human Rights Campaign Aims for Blockbuster Ball

A group of gay rights groups led by the Human Rights Campaign is trying to put together a blockbuster inaugural get-together, reports The Sleuth: The party, being organized by a large coalition of gay-rights groups led by the Human Rights...

By Washington Post Editors | November 26, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sources: Organizers Considering 'Day of Service'

Amid the talk of superstars and throngs of visitors and hotel rooms costing zillions for the Barack Obama inauguration, there is also thought among organizers of having some kind of "day of service" on January 19th, which is the Martin...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fraudulent Craigslist Ad Asks $300 for Hotel Room "Reservation Only"

The advertisement on Craigslist wasted no time getting to the hype: “Be A Part of History!” It went on: “Be there to witness a moment in history that you won’t soon forget. You’ll be able to tell your children or...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

An Obama Fan Who Isn't Coming

Amid the hysteria over inaugural airfare, tickets and Washington hotels, one woman actually won the entire package -- and then, to her dismay, had to turn it down. Bonnie Podewils, 43, of Knoxville, won a trip to the inauguration after...

By Washington Post Editors | November 26, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Inauguration on the Web

Odetta, singer/songwriter known as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement," is seriously ill and in a New York hospital with kidney failure, but wants to sing for Obama. So do Jay-Z and Beyonce. "Obama was here" is new Hawaii...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch

A flurry of new inaugural ball announcements came across our desk. MTV and ServiceNation's "Be the Change" Inaugural Ball Date: Jan. 20 Place: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Other Details: TBA The President's Ball Date: January 20...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Post-Inaugural Lunch Is Another Hot Ticket

Add one more to the list of things you might have to stand inextra-long lines for during inauguration weekend: tables at D.C. restaurants. Lunch reservations on Inauguration Day are already flying in, downtown hosts and hostesses are telling our Going...

By Washington Post Editors | November 25, 2008; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Presidential Inaugural Committee Sets $50,000 Donation Limit

The Presidential Inaugural Committee today announced that it has set a limit of $50,000 per donor as it formally launches its fundraising effort, far lower than past amounts as high as $250,000. The Committee will not accept contributions from corporations,...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (6)

Can't Get Inauguration Tickets? See the Rehearsal Instead

Washington Post staff writer Michael E. Ruane filed this report: Can’t get tickets to the inauguration? No hotel rooms to be had that week? No problem, people. Avoid the crowds and the traffic and the expense, and check out the...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Who: Kriss and Debbie Gang (pictured at right with Rashmi Bhalla and Sam Saltz [middle], who stayed with them while volunteering for the Obama campaign during...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Young & Powerful

What: Young & Powerful Group Black Tie Affair Who: Y & P is a civic association with chapters in seven cities When: Events from Jan. 17-20; Black Tie Affair is Jan. 19 Where:Black Tie Affair is at the L'Enfant Plaza...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Metro: Don't Ride, Walk---If You're Within 2 Miles of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20th

Here’s the latest from Metro on attending the inauguration festivities for President-elect Barack Obama: if you live or you’re staying within two miles of the Capitol, walk instead of taking the train. “It will be faster than standing in line...

By Marcia Davis | November 24, 2008; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

Housing Options

With the demand for inauguration housing continuing to grow, a number of Web sites have been founded to try to hook up property owners with prospective tenants. Here's a listing of some of the sites. www.inauguralhomes.com Founded by Andre Butters,...

By David A Nakamura | November 24, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Committee Gets to Work

It's time to get busy for Obama's official inaugural committee, reads a post on Mary Ann Akers's The Sleuth blog: Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee begins its work today, though an official announcement of its formation is not expected until...

By Washington Post Editors | November 24, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

GWU Expands Its Ball

George Washington University's inaugural ball has been a hot ticket -- it's sold more than 4,000 tickets, and the waiting list is more than 1,500 long, according to an article in The Hatchet. But GWU has managed to find room...

By Washington Post Editors | November 24, 2008; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: The 'OBAMA-SCOPE'

The man who made and sold 3,800 periscopes for former President Bill Clinton's inauguration is back -- with the "OBAMA-SCOPE." California lawyer and former FBI agent Richard Tosaw, 83, has created a 26-inch-long, 8-ounce periscope made of cardboard that uses...

By Washington Post Editors | November 24, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Officers Vie to Escort VIPs for Inauguration

With all the VIPs expected to attend the inauguration, the competition is on to find military escorts for them, reports the Post's Michael E. Ruane. Ruane writes: It is a once-in-a-lifetime, much-sought-after job, interviewers said, especially this time, for the...

By David A Nakamura | November 24, 2008; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Releases Sample Housing Lease Agreement

District government officials promised yesterday to draw up a sample lease for those looking to rent out their apartments or houses for the inauguration. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has released this form for residents to use as...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Does the Red Line Run to Philly?

Having trouble finding a suitable hotel room in D.C. for the inauguration? Have you tried the inner suburbs? You have? Have you tried Baltimore? Annapolis? Fredericksburg? You have? What about Pennsylvania? That's the suggestion of U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Metro's Inauguration Web Site Goes Live

Metro announced today that it has a new section on its Web site devoted to schedules, fares, hours and other news related to inauguration week. Here's the site. You can also sign up for special alerts here....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Security: City on Lockdown?

Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security — thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols — to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in, reports the Associated Press....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Options

What: The Emergence Community Arts Collective Where: 733 Euclid St. NW Washington, DC How Much: $30 per person, per night When: Available the week of Jan. 18 What you get: From the Web site: Floor space in two heated rooms...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Sen. Cardin: I Have 400 Tickets and 55,000 Requests

The requests for inaugural tickets keep pouring into congressional offices across the country, but perhaps no more quickly than to the offices of the local Washington area delegation. Take the case of Md. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D), who sent...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball

What: Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball Who: The Creative Coalition, a non-profit social and political advocacy oganization that works on behalf of the entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 by Alec Baldwin, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and other entertainment figures, the...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Which is the Hotter Ticket: Inauguration or Super Bowl?

The Post's National Football League blog The League asked this Inauguration Watch blogger to contribute to a discussion yesterday about which will be the more sought after ticket: one to see President-elect Barack Obama get sworn-in as the 44th chief...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inauguration on the Web

The Post's Anita Huslin details how fierce the competition is to find space for inaugural parties, including at the National Museum Building (at right, photo by Gerald Martineau--TWP). The Springfield (Ohio) News Sun scoops the world on a potential...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty to Suspend Housing Rental Regulations for Inauguration

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed an executive order today to suspend District regulations and allow residents to rent their properties for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama without obtaining a business license or a certificate of occupancy. The move is...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Estimated 1,300 Groups Apply for Inaugural Parade

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee says it is still counting applications to particpate in the inaugural parade, but estimates that there have been over 1,300. For the last inauguration for George Bush in 2005, there were about 400 applications, and...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Expands Hours for Inauguration, Expects Record Rail and Bus Ridership

Metro's commemorative SmarTrip card for Jan. 20. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced today that it will run rush hour service for 15 consecutive hours from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, but the...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Montgomery County Close Schools? The Plot Thickens...

Last week, Montgomery County, Md. schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast recommended that the county not close its schools for inauguration day. Looks like he has some opposition. According to a story in today's Post by Daniel de Vise: A Montgomery...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The Purple Ball, Featuring Lou Gossett Jr.

What: Inaugural Purple Ball Who: Eracism Foundation to end racism, founded by actor Lou Gossett Jr. Host committee includes: Amy Brenneman , Ashley Judd , Brad Silberling , Josh Lucas , Kate Walsh and Patricia Arquette. When: Jan. 20 Where:...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even Hotels in W.Va. Filling Up

Hotels are far away as the Panhandle of West Virginia are booking solid, the State Journal of Charleston reports. "Our hotel and all the hotels in this whole area are completely full, quite honestly,'' said Tom Belfield, general manager...

By Lynn Medford | November 20, 2008; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Oprah-tunities Ahead?

Not only is Oprah Winfrey looking into doing several days of television shows from Washington around the inaguration, writes the Reliable Source blog, but she may be looking into a ball of her own: ...event planners who say they're working...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Housing: A Cautionary Tale

With thousands of people renting out their houses for inauguration week, think that there won't be any problems? Ask Margaret Knox Baum (at right, with daughter Rosa and husband Dan). Baum, of Boulder, Colo., thought she was ahead of...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Handshake Man' Won't Be At Inaugural

One of the fixtures of recent inaugurations won't be making an appearance Jan. 20, reports the Post's David Montgomery today. Montgomery caught up with the man who snuck past security to shake the hands of Bill Cliton and George...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 7:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Charles County Schools Closed for Inauguration

Students in Charles County, rejoice! According to a news release, the school board voted to close school on Jan. 20. The bad news? Schools are now open Jan. 23, which had been a holiday. A press release stated that the...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch

Post reporter Thomas Heath filed this report on his Value Added blog about how one souvenir company is coping with demand for Obama inaugural items. I talked to the guys at Capsco, Inc., in College Park this morning and asked...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are Hotels Really Sold Out for the Inauguration Already?

The District has 29,000 hotel rooms and the number swells to 95,000 in the greater Washington area. For people looking for places to stay for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, the trick is finding a vacant room. Stories have...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

'I Was Summoned by My Country'

What will Barack Obama say during his inaugural address to the nation? Nobody knows, yet, but maybe there's a clue in the inaugural addresses of the past. The headline of this post comes from George Washington's first: Among the vicissitudes...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Government Relaxes Some Tax Laws for Inauguration Rentals

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will suspend its sales tax on property rentals to transients for residents who want to rent their apartments or homes to out-of-towners for the inauguration. The city usually assesses a 14.5 percent tax...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Local 'Couchsurfers' Find They Have Popular Pads

At a time when some Washington residents are trying to rent their homes and apartments for hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a few days during the inauguration, Michael Barge is giving his to strangers. For free. Barge, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Sabrina Russo Age: 26 Residence: Living in London since 2005; born in Raleigh, N.C.; also lived in Europe. Profession: Public relations consultant at London-based corporate...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

President-elect Barack Obama needs to raise money to pay for the inaugural. How much? President Bush raised $42.8 million in 2004, says CNN. Which musicians should perform at the inaugural? will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Hank Williams Jr.? Chicago charter buses in...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Historical Society: Don't Call Us About Inaugural Ball

Last week, Inauguration Watch posted an item about plans for a People's Party inaugural ball at the old City Museum site downtown. We told you that the three-day celebration from Jan. 16-18 was being planned by a conglomeration of grass...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Talks About Inauguration Plans

The District is expecting up to 4 million people to to crowd downtown for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The Post's Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart caught up with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to talk about preparations....

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

No School? No Way, Montgomery County Superintendent Says

Montgomery County, Md., Schools Chief Jerry Weast has rejected an on-line petition from students and parents to declare a day off from classes Jan. 20 for the inauguration, reports the Post's Marc Fisher. Among his arguments: Weast says it's "unrealistic"...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Eight D.C. Public Schools Apply for Inaugural Parade Spot

Today is the deadline for high school marching bands to apply to be in the inaugural parade, and eight D.C. public schools are applying, said Jennifer Calloway, a school system spokeswoman. Calloway said the following high schools will compete for...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Soap on a Rope Maker: Dugshop, a collective of artists who specialize in vegan-friendly novelty soap. Cost: $15 plus $5 shipping; proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Parody on Craigslist Leads to Real Offers

The room that Grabow jokingly put up for rent. The advertisement was mixed in among more than 2,000 housing listings on Craigslist posted by apartment and condo owners hoping to make a few bucks by renting out their Washington-area...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Officials: Obama Crowd Could Reach 4 Million

District and federal officials are preparing for as many as 4 million people for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a crowd that would be three or four times larger than previous big events on the Mall, report the Post's...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

ANSWER Coalition Still Fighting Parade Bleachers

An anti-war group, whose 2005 lawsuit is freeing up a majority of the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue so that more people can see Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, won’t be satisfied until it gets the entire street. The ANSWER Coalition...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Feinstein Introduces Anti-Ticket Scalping Legislation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would prohibit the counterfeiting and sale of inaugural tickets that are supposed to be free. There are 240,000 prized tickets to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama, and the craze over them...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Pearl Gala

Who: Sponsor is Asian Americans for Obama; gala open to everyone When: Monday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. What: Dinner, auction, party; also includes admission to a morning conference...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Names: Jamie Elizabeth Terry, Nelson C. Anthony, and twin sons Canann and Coulson Ages: Terry, 46; Anthony, 53; Canaan and Coulson, 11 Residence: Pearland, Texas (suburb...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

Arkansas's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is staging bus trips to the inauguration for up to 1,200 people. N.Y. Sen. Schumer will hold a statewide internet lottery for 350 inauguration tickets. Expedia, the on-line travel agent, has a special...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Star DJ ZTrip to Appear at Inaugural Event?

President-elect Barack Obama has promised to bring change to Washington, and he might already be making good on the promise, at least on the party circuit. A Washington Post spy was at the ZTrip concert at the Rock and Roll...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

How to be an Inauguration Day Landlord: Be Careful

Looking to rent out your house or apartment for inauguration week in January? Hoping to score a quick buck or two? The Post's Elizabeth Razzi writes in the Real Estate section today on how to be prepared and make sure...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Housing Options: The Great Outdoors

The Post's Fredrick Kunkle reports today on a rather unique housing option for people attending the inaugural. Kunkle writes: With hotel rooms booking up fast, visitors who want to witness President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration are snapping up spots...

By David A Nakamura | November 15, 2008; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Emmett Beliveau in the News

There aren't a lot of fully fleshed out news stories on the Web about Emmett Beliveau, tapped by Barack Obama to be run the Presidential Inaugural Committee. But here are a few mentions to introduce you to the 31-year-old. Here...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 10:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Taps Emmett Beliveau to Run Inauguration Committee

President-elect Barack Obama has plucked the director of advance for his campaign to run the Presidential Inaugural Committee, according to sources close to the planning operation. Obama's choice for the committee's executive director, Emmett Beliveau, is a former attorney at...

By Marcia Davis | November 14, 2008; 6:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nader to Obama: Include Third Parties in Inaugural

This was posted in the Washington Post's Reliable Source section today: You'll never guess who really, really wants to go to the inauguration: Ralph Nader. The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

Luxury Apartments Offered for Inauguration Week

A luxury apartment company is taking advantage of the influx of people expected for the inauguration. One and two-bedroom units that are sitting empty are being offered up as an option to hotel rooms that are hard to find these...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Ilinois Gala

A U.S. president or president-elect has never attended the Illinois State Society Presidential Inaugural Gala since the group upgraded its inaugural reception to a ball, starting in 1989 with the first Bush. But the society, which now has one of...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Trading Cards

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Trading Card Maker: Topps Company Inc. Price: $1.99 for package of six foil-wrapped cards, plus one sticker Why: The "90-card set will document, in colorful photos and...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

D.C. City Leaders Bicker Over Bleacher Tickets

Work has begun on the inauguration viewing bleachers outside the White House. It’s like an SAT question: If everyone wants to watch Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, but there is a finite number of seats, who gets the precious tickets?...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Update: Marching Band Deadline Extended

Want to march in the inaugural parade? You and your band now have until Tuesday to apply. Friday was supposed to be the big day for those bands that want to join the Barack Obama inaugural parade. The application deadline...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Marching Band Application Deadline for Parade Is Friday

Friday is a big day for those bands that want to join the Barack Obama inaugural parade. The application deadline for groups interested in marching in the Jan. 20 event is 5 p.m. Friday. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

eBay to Ban Resale of Inaugural Tickets

UPDATE: 4 p.m. eBay Inc. is banning the sale of coveted free tickets to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama after a U.S. senator said she was crafting a bill to make such online sales a federal crime. Representatives of...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Camp: Hudson Not Invited to Perform

Despite rumors otherwise, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has not been invited to perform for the inaugural, according to mtv.com....

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Webb to Sen. Feinstein: More Tickets for Va. Please

Virginia Sen. James Webb (D) is lobbying for his state to get a larger share of the 240,000 inaugural tickets that have been printed. He sent this letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is overseeing the inaugural planning committee: November...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The People's Party

Bringing you the latest on inauguration celebrations. Don’t think you’ll be able to score -- or afford -- a ticket to one of the fancy inaugural balls? Never fear. A number of grassroots groups are planning more affordable, less ostentatious...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural on the Web

Mediatakeout.com floats unsubstantiated rumor that Obama's camp has offered a grieving Jennifer Hudson a chance to sing at the inaugural. JetBlue will add extra flights to Washington from Long Beach, Calif., New York and Oakland for the week of the...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Role for Reston?

Reston Town Center (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post) Patrick Kane loves Reston so much that his email address begins with "reston1". The 72-year-old retired urban planner has been living in the diverse, planned community for 40 years, and...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hungry For Tickets, They Like the Wolf

Fresh from reelection as Virginia's representative from the 10th district, GOP Congressman Frank Wolf has been besieged with requests for inauguration tickets, according to an item from LoudounExtra's Erica Garman. Requests for Jan. 20 inauguration tickets are pouring in, said...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Latest Lowdown on Tickets

From today's Post: Swearing-In Ceremony: About 240,000 tickets have been printed, and they are being kept under lock and key. Tickets are free and will be distributed by members of Congress and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, once it is established....

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not An Ordinary Field Trip

We all remember those dreadful U.S. History classes when we had to memorize the presidents, including all those unmemorable guys who ran together in the middle: James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce. And what the heck was...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

National Park Service: Fewer Bleachers, Better Viewing for Parade Watchers

Workers have started construction of the viewing stands on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. The Post's Nikita Stewart and Michael E. Ruane are reporting that the National Park Service will build just 8,700 bleacher seats for...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Day: A Time to Teach, or a Day Off for Students?

Is the inauguration of the nation’s first African American president a day to close schools, or is it a teachable moment in classrooms? Some school systems in the Washington area will be closed on Inauguration Day for various reasons. Others...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Montana: First in Inaugural Partying?

Over at our Sleuth blog, Mary Ann Akers has identified the would-be hosts of the inauguration season's first major throw-down: Everyone wants a piece of the Barack Obama inaugural action. And since Montanans love to party, it's no surprise they're...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

State Societies Handling Inaugural Balls

People keep asking Inauguration Watch whether it's too early to get tickets to the inaugural balls. Easy answer: no. If you want to be sure to get in somewhere, you better get moving. As we reported Monday, the Hawaii ball...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tourism Industry to Welcome ... Reporters?

They are expected to show up in droves, descending on Washington for the big day, so many that Washington’s tourism industry is planning to create a special center just for them. Enthusiastic Barack Obama supporters? No, we’re talking about another...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Odds of Scoring an Inaugural Ticket? About as Good as Vegas

The Capitol, where Obama will be sworn in Jan. 20. (By Brendan Smialowski -- Getty Images) So just how hard will it be to secure one of the 240,000 tickets to Obama's swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol? Rep....

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inauguration 2009 on Facebook: 9,260 Friends and Counting...

Some pundits are predicting the largest-ever inauguration crowd--1.5 million people, perhaps--will descend on Washington Jan. 20. What are all these out-of-towners going to do when they get here (aside from the inauguration and the balls, that is)? How are they...

By David A Nakamura | November 11, 2008; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (3)

Capitalizing on the Moment

So let’s say you’re an African American Republican who lives in Washington and you did not vote for Barack Obama. What do you do now? If you’re Deana Bass, you put your free-market, capitalist philosophy to work. Bass, 35, who...

By David A Nakamura | November 11, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Allie Thomas Age: 38 Residence: Oakland, Calif. Profession: Graduate school researcher/second-year PhD student at University of California-Berkeley Getting to Washington: Thomas will be in Beijing,...

By David A Nakamura | November 11, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Volcanoes? Waterfalls? Hawaii Party Planners Thinking Big

As the Post's Nikita Stewart reports, Hawaii's first-ever inaugural ball is one of the hottest tickets in town. Already, Micah Kohono Mossman, 26, and Tom Penland, 61, the co-organizers of the Aloha State bash, have sold out their 750 tickets....

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Feinstein to eBay: Selling Obama Tix a No-No

You can buy pretty much anything on eBay, except tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. At least if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has her way. Feinstein said she is writing to eBay and other on-line sites, warning them not to sell...

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 6:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginians Angling for Obama Tickets

The race for tickets to Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony has already overwhelmed the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in Washington. Now, Virginians are getting into the act. The Post's Tim Craig reports that as of this morning,...

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 5:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browsing the Inauguration

From wallet-busting apartment rentals to Oprah's ball gown and party planners, here’s Inauguration Watch's first collection of what's being written, reported and otherwise posted on the Web ahead of the inauguration. Locals are making quick money by renting out their...

By washingtonpost.com editors | November 10, 2008; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hawaii's First-Ever Ball Sells Out

Will Obama be there? Nobody knows for sure, but that didn't hurt demand for Hawaii's first-ever inaugural ball. Here's the story from The Post's Nikita Stewart: Micah Kohono Mossman fears he is the most despised man in Washington right now....

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Burning Questions

Three questions we keep hearing are: How do I get tickets to the inauguration? How much of the parade will I be able to see? And, finally: How do I get tickets to an inaugural ball? Over at the Going...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Big Will It Be?

It looking like Obama's inauguration may be the biggest in history. According to a story by Michael Ruane, Nikita Stewart and Joe Heim in Sunday's Post: With the election of the nation's first black president and the enormous interest in...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Welcome to Inauguration Watch!

Welcome to Inauguration Watch, your one-stop shop for all things inauguration. Between now and Jan. 20 -- when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States -- this blog will keep you up to date...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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