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Archive: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

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)

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