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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  | Category:  Swearing-in Ceremony
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Have the experiences and planning for Pope Paul's funeral been incorporated into the planning for 4 million people?


For example: Tent cities, organized by Rome's government, have been established in fields, stadiums and the park downtown that was once the Circus Maximus, the ancient city's chariot racing track.

Emergency medical tents were set up all over the city.

More than 14,000 police and other security personnel have been deployed around Rome and within the walls of the Vatican City, and the army was assisting with medical care and distributing water and blankets to visitors.

Posted by: glm04 | November 19, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I think the first comment is right on. If we actually are planning for so many people for an outside event in January in DC medical care provision is crucial. Warming tents and buildings around the mall should there be snow or below freezing temperatures.

Places for people to stay inside for the night should there be plane and rail delays or problems with busses getting back out of town because of rain or snow.

Many people come to such events unprepared and without plans and the City will have to be prepared with those plans.

In addition Washington is clearly a target for a terrorist attack and what potentially better time in the minds of a terrorist. How to make sure that people are safe and yet have the ability to move around is a major issue and I hope that the federal government is working closely with DC on this.

I also hope that Barack Obama as one of his first orders as President will make the City whole for the costs of this inauguration as we have not been made whole in the past.

As these tight economic times continue the poor and those who rely on City services in DC should not be short changed with cuts to our budget to make up for those who will come into town for the inauguration.

Posted by: peterdc | November 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Both of my parents live in the Gulf Coast region and they have told me about a backlash against Black people down there since Nov 4. Every die-hard racist in this country is going to be at the Mall on January 20th. I would have to be crazy to go there. I'm staying my pigmented behind home.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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