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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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