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Region's Leaders Request $75 Million for Inauguration

Mary Beth Sheridan writes that Mayor Adrian Fenty and governors Martin O'Malley and Tim Kaine have asked the federal government for $75 million to defray costs that will be incurred because of the inauguration. Federal officials said they expect 150,000...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

What's Prohibited Where

Many readers have been writing in to ask us about what they can and can't bring to inaugural events. Prohibited items for inauguration day have been popping up a lot in the news lately, but the reports don’t provide a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Great Inauguration Sweepstakes

Free plane tickets for you and a guest, free hotel, plus tickets to the swearing-in ceremony for Barack Obama, the parade and one of the official balls! All you have to do is write an on-line essay, of any length,...

By Marcia Davis | December 31, 2008; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Maryland's Bash

What: Maryland Inaugural Ball Who: Maryland Democratic Party When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Tickets: $125 Why You Want to Attend: Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover will perform,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Atheists to Challenge Prayer at Inauguration

President George W. Bush bows his head in prayer at the 55th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2005. Behind him are his daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and First Lady Laura Bush. (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg) A group of atheists, led by a...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 30, 2008; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (40)

More Inauguration Transit Advice: Have a Backup Plan

Dr. Gridlock parses yesterday's inauguration committee announcement to carve out the best advice and newest information: We recommend planning ahead, but also caution that any plans made in advance should be double-checked in the days and hours prior to the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Children's Inaugural Ball

What: Children's Inaugural Ball Who: The Every Child Matters Education Fund When: Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Where: Historical Society of Washington, 801 K Street NW, Washington DC Tickets: Free Why You Want to Attend: Live music and entertainment,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bike Valets Provided for Inaugural

If you're looking for a way to beat the crowds on Metro and the roads Jan. 20, you might consider biking. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will be providing free bike valets in designated areas north and south of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Celebrity Inaugural Basketball Game to Feature Clinton Portis, Santana Moss

Washington Redskins' stars Clinton Portis and Santana Moss might have a lot of free time on their hands since the team didn't make the NFL playoffs. But they'll be in action Jan. 17 as part of a celebrity basketball game...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Library of Congress Seeking Sermons, Orations for Posterity

How will future generations remember the inauguration of the country's first African American president? The Library of Congress wants to preserve the voices of the time by collecting sermons and speeches delivered during inauguration week at churches, synagogues, mosques and...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee: Swearing-in Ceremony Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 will begin at 11:30 a.m., with security checkpoints opening at 8 a.m. for the 240,000 ticket holders, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today. The committee recommended that ticket-holders arrive no later...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nebraska Society to Hold Inauguration Brunch

Who: Nebraska Society When: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Where: Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Tickets: $45 available to society members through Jan. 1. Others can buy tickets after that date on a...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Inauguration Volunteers Seeking Free Housing

Have a spare room, couch or basement? The Presidential Inaugural Committee is seeking your help in providing free space for the dozens of volunteers who will be coming to town over the next two weeks. Fill out this form if...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vendors Want To Be Closer

District street vendors gathered this morning in front of the offices of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to bring attention to plans for inaugural vending. Though the vendors' pressure on the agency has resulted in local peddlers getting...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 29, 2008; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Hot Sauce

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. When the holiday leftovers start to taste a little blah, don't lose Hope -- Inauguration Watch can help! Item: Barack Obama Inauguration Hot Sauce Maker: Toodarnhot.com of Owensboro, Ky....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

MARC, VRE Won't Handle Charter Bus Traffic After All

The city has changed it's mind about channeling a large chunk of charter bus traffic through regional mass transit, and instead has allocated more parking downtown, The Post's Lena Sun reports: Previously, officials wanted to park only half of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cell Companies Prepare, Provide Tips for Inauguration Day

What happens when several hundred thousand people in one location simultaneously lift their cell phones and try to send video and photos to their friends? Past experiences with large crowds have turned out reasonably well, The Post's Cecilia Kang reports,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Around the Web

Corporations and lobbyists are some of the biggest sponsors of the unofficial inaugurals, USA Today notes, in what could be viewed as an end run around post-Abramoff ethics rules. "These are lobbyist-sponsored soirees to have a great time and schmooze...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 24, 2008; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Michele King Age: 35 Residence: Chicago Profession: Business manager at a public access television station Getting to Washington: King and three friends have rented an...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 24, 2008; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Virginia Ball and Calvert County Ball

Two more inaugural ball announcements crossed our desk: What: Virginia Inaugural Ball Who: Virginia Democratic Party and Arlington Democrats When: Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203 Tickets: TBA...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Send Us Your Inaugural Ball Memories

The Washington Post is collecting stories from attendees of past presidential inaugural balls. If you went to a ball before 1989 and have memories (pleasant or otherwise) to share, please e-mail Post reporter Monica Hesse or call 202-334-4831....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 23, 2008; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama in 'Chicago-style': Fashionable or Offensive?

The annual African American Holiday Association Marketplace Festival & Health Fair held Saturday at the Reeves Center in Washington, D.C.'s U Street corridor was also a festival of seasonal Obama gear. One T-Shirt, however, stood out among the piles of...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama to Use Lincoln's Bible

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts Barack Obama announced his historic bid for the presidency from the steps of the statehouse in Springfield, Ill., the same spot where another Illinois state legislator, Abraham Lincoln, began his quest. Now, to complete...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Live Video: Council Chairman Gray on Inauguration Planning

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray will be sitting down with Bruce DePuyt of News Channel 8 at 4 p.m. to discuss the city's inauguration planning and other local issues. You can watch the video live on washingtonpost.com. The video will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 22, 2008; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Lincoln 2.0 Ball

Who: Produced by The American Experience Foundation, in partnership with Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital When: Jan.18, 8 p.m. Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $375...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty Joins Former Presidents On Inaugural Committee

Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, plus D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), is among 16 honorary co-chairs for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Presidential Inaugural Committee...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 22, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Begins Selling Obama Fare Cards

Metro has begun selling commemorative SmarTrip passes and one-day fare cards featuring images of Barack Obama, available at the transit agency's on-line store. The SmarTrip cards can be purchased for $10 without fare or $20, which includes $10 worth...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Rosa Parks' Bus to Participate in Inaugural Parade

A bus commemorating Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in Birmingham, Ala., in 1955 will take part in the inaugural parade, Metro announced today. The is not the one Parks rode when she helped...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Crowd Estimate Cut in Half

Officials now say the number of people expected to gather for Barack Obama's inauguration is more likely to be around 2 million than the initial figure of 4 million provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), according to a...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Officials: New Bar Hours Won't Apply to 100's of Businesses

The District’s decision to extend last-call for bars and nightclubs during the inauguration week has its limits, officials said today: those businesses that have struck agreements in the past with neighborhood groups over hours and rules must honor them. Mayor...

By Mike McPhate | December 19, 2008; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Official: Rihanna to Perform at Charity Inaugural Ball

Pop superstar Rihanna will be performing in Washington on inauguration day. Feeding America and the Recording Industry Association of America are teaming up for a joint inaugural ball for charity and announced today that the "Umbrella"-singer will be the headliner....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Video: Inauguration Construction

CBS News toured the constructions grounds, where workers have made progress on building the inaugural platform on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. Play Video VIDEO | Inauguration Construction Begins...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Inauguration Map-kerchief

Ever wanted to blow your nose on the Lincoln Memorial or clean your glasses with the Verizon Center? Of course you have. And now you can with the Rand McNally's inauguration "fabMAP." The map, which displays the route of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama to Hold Free Inaugural Concert for Youth

Kids will rock at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that a free concert for children will be held at the Verizon Center on Jan. 19, the night before Obama gets sworn in and later treks...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 19, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Official Inaugural Balls = No Fun?

So you're going to buy a new gown or tux, spend a small fortune on a couple inaugural ball tickets and then pay more for alcohol once you're inside the venue of one of the growing number of the official...

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

Obama Defends Picking Warren for Invocation

Barack Obama fought back against criticism of his selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church to deliver the invocation at this inaugural. Warren has come under criticism from gay rights advocates for his opposition to same sex marriage....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (9)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Professor Rich Holtzman and 17 students from Bryant University. (pictured: top row left to right: Holtzman, Heather Miller (freshman), Tom Houlihan (junior), Alexandra Coe (sophomore),...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Different Kind of Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama is a noted hoops enthusiast, known for his election day-pickup games. Now, two groups are honoring his pending swearing in as president by creating inaugural basketballs. The first comes from the Harlem Globetrotters, who sent Obama four of...

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

Human Rights Campaign President Rips Obama in Post Op-Ed

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, chastizes Barack Obama in Friday's Washington Post op-ed page for his appointment of pastor Rick Warren of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., to deliver the invocation at the inaugural....

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (21)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Heroes Red, White & Blue Ball

Who: Citizens Helping Heroes, Inc. When: Jan. 20; cocktails 6 p.m., tribute concert/performance produced by Nile Rodgers at 8 p.m., after party 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring disco/R & B band CHIC Where: Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant Map Is Unveiled to Explain Giant Plan

How do you plan for an event that some are calling the largest in U.S. history? You get a map that's almost as big as the city itself. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But at a morning news conference, the Armed...

By Mike McPhate | December 18, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

Del. Norton: D.C. Needs $30 Million to Cover Inauguration Costs

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is asking Congress to cough up more cash to help the District pay for inauguration planning and security costs. The District has received $15 million already from the federal government, but Norton says the...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Portable Toilet Count Tip Off Inaugural Crowd Projection?

No one seems to know how many people will show up for the inauguration. Federal officials appear to believe that the event will set an inaugural record with more than the 1.2 million who attended Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Metro Approves Rush Hour Fares on Jan. 20

Metro will charge customers rush hour fares on inauguration day and require people to pay for parking in its station lots, the transit agency announced today. The Board of Directors approved the measures at the recommendation of General Manager John...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Pick of Inaugural Pastor Angers Some

Gay rights activists and other progressives are protesting the selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., the largest church in the United States, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural. Warren supported Proposition 8,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Live Chat on Inaugural Balls: Today at 1 p.m.

Have questions about the inaugural balls or the celebrities who might attend them? Log on to chat live with the Washington Post's Reliable Source columnist Roxanne Roberts at 1 p.m. today. Go here for the chat and you can submit...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Officials: 5,000 Portable Toilets for Inaugural

Spectators crowded onto the National Mall for President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in will be able to use 5,000 portable toilets, planners said at a briefing this morning at the D.C. Armory by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. There will also be...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball; Inaugural D.C. Ball; Big Shoulders Ball

Three new ball listings crossed our desk today: What: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball Who: Prince George's County (Md.) presidential inaugural committee When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Where: Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 Tickets: $200; see...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Evening Bag

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama evening bag Maker: Flash Bags Price: $52 Why: From the Web site: "Each one is hand numbered and we're only making 2009 of these- a true collector's...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

NASA Crew, Rover to Take Part in Inaugural Parade

NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, Eric Boe, Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough recently completed a 16-day, 6.6-million mile trip in Space Shuttle Endeavor. Now, they'll take a more Earth-bound--but perhaps just as meaningful--journey as members of NASA's...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

U.S. Troops to Be Involved in Inauguration

This morning, Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., head of the United States Northern Command, said about 11,000 troops would be involved in the inauguration, including both assisting local authorities with security and ceremonial roles, reports The Washington Post's Ann Scott...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Want to See Where Vendors Will Be?

If you're going to be attending the inauguration Jan. 20 and think you'll be hungry or thirsty or want some Barack Obama memorabilia, here's a map that shows you the zones where the licensed vendors will be able to set...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Downtown D.C. Street Vendors To Get 'First Dibs' For Inauguration Space

Street vendors already licensed to sell their goods in downtown D.C. will get first preference for the spots during the inauguration Jan. 20, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced today. D.C. vendors had been concerned that they might...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 17, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Full Schedule for Inaugural Ceremony Announced

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today the schedule for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20. The ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours....

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (8)

Inaugural Poet Selected: Elizabeth Alexander

After a hiatus of more than a decade, poetry is returning to the inauguration of the American president. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today that Elizabeth Alexander, a prize-winning poet at Yale University who grew up in...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

NY Sen. Schumer Awards 175 Inauguration Tix Out of 150,000 Requests

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today made 175 people happy and disappointed another 149,825 when he announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. About 150,000 New Yorkers entered the lottery, according to...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

National Gallery to Close East Building on Jan. 20

Due to the crowds and security restrictions expected on inauguration day, the National Gallery announced it will close the East Building, shops, restaurants, Sculpture Garden and ice rink on Jan. 20. However, the West Building's entrance at Sixth Street and...

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

Los Angeles to Send 112 Officers to D.C. for Inaugural

D.C. police say they'll need assistance handling the crowds of more than 1 million expected for the inaugural. One batch of helpers is on the way, courtesy of Los Angeles County. District officials had requested 500 officers from Los Angeles,...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Tells Congress to Butt Out of Inaugural Nightlife Legislating

Local Washington and federal Washington have always co-existed uneasily. The city has no voting representation in Congress and federal legislators mostly act as if District politicians don't exist--except when trying to big-foot the locals by bossing them around. So it...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

D.C. Council Amends Inaugural Bar Hours

District bars and nightclubs will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., not 5 a.m., during inauguration week after the D.C. Council voted to amend the emergency legislation it had approved two weeks ago. Under the legislation approved by...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Wireless Industry Boosts Capacity to Handle Phone Service From Inaugural Crowds

With more than 1 million people and up to 4 million expected for Barack Obama's inauguraion, some have been wondering whether cell phone companies will be able to handle the volume of calls, texts and email from people watching on...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Team Adds Inaugural Email Alert System

After using a massive email network to rally supporters to the polls (and raise money), Barack Obama's team is extending the campaign strategy to the inaugural. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is asking people to sign up to receive email alerts...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Available for Inauguration: $100,000 For the Week

Cost to build the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marden House in 1959: $76,000. Cost to rent it for five days for the inauguration from current owner James V. Kimsey, co-founder of AOL: $100,000. That's what Kimsey's asking for use of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: 2009 Florida Inaugural Celebration

Who: The Florida Congressional Delegation When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets: $200; for more information call (703) 905-9838 or email FL_Inaugural@hayespr.com (net proceeds...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Chief Wants to Charge Rush Hour Fares for Inauguration Day

Metro is now recommending that people who park in its lots on Inauguration Day pay the normal fee instead of parking for free and that those who ride the subway pay rush-hour fares instead of off-peak fares. Metro has said...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Peace Ball

Who: Harry Belafonte, Busboys and Poets & the Smithsonian National Postal Museum When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum Tickets: $165 (sold out) Why: From the Web site: "We have invited peacemakers from all...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Overload? Try Biden Brunches

Call it a case of counter-programming. While most everyone else is caught up in Obama-mania, Nage restaurant is honoring Veep-elect Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware who has almost been lost in the inaugural shuffle. For the first three Sundays...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Committee Spokeswoman: We're Not "Selling" Tickets

A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee is taking issue with the suggestion, made in an Inauguration Watch post this morning, that the committee is "selling" tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. In the post, we noted that the committee is...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

During Inauguration, Places to 'Go'

If 4 million people come to Washington for the inauguration, where will they all … go? It's that question that Jennifer Lynn, 45, of Washington, hopes will turn into dollars: She's selling a seven-page booklet titled "Where to Pee in...

By Washington Post Editors | December 15, 2008; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Proposal Would Limit Alcohol Service to 4 a.m., Require Fee

As we told you last week, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will propose legislation aimed at rolling back some of the provisions in the council's emergency legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Sikh Inaugural Ball

Who: Sikh Community Center When: Jan. 20 Where: Ascot, I-The Indian Experience, 1708 L St., NW, Washington, DC Tickets: General Admission: $150; VIP: $250. Fore more information see the Web site. Why You Should Attend: From the Web site: "Meet...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

People's Inaugural: Popular Name

Of the people, by the people, for the people. When it comes to inaugural events, "people" is a popular name. There's the People's Inaugural Gala, four days of activities being organized by local business leaders and politically active residents, including...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Will Come to Inaugural by Rail

Can't get to the District for the inauguration? You might be able to catch a glimpse of President-elect Obama or Vice President-elect Joe Biden at three appearances the plan to make en route by train to Washington. The Obamas will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 15, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee Has Plenty of Volunteers, Thanks

In keeping with the unofficial theme of "too much of everything but room," the inaugural committee announced over the weekend that it had more than enough volunteer requests and would be turning many away, reports washingtonpost.com's Mary Ann Akers. An...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 15, 2008; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Arab American 2009 Inaugural Celebration

Who: Arab American Institute When: Jan 19, 7 p.m to 11 p.m. Where: 2401 M Street, NW Washington, DC Tickets: $100.00; see Web site for more information Why You Want to Attend: From the press release, "Join the "Decent"...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sure Way to Get Inauguration Tix? Donate $50,000

On Friday, we broke the news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to make it illegal to sell inauguration tickets hit a roadblock when she was unable to gain unanimous consent for her legislation in the Senate. She says she'll reintroduce...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Sen. Feinstein's Inaugural Tickets Resale Legislation Fails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation that would make the resale of inauguration tickets a federal crime died in the Senate last night when an effort to gain unanimous support for the measure failed, officials said. Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Joint...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

PIC Makes Donors Public

The public can easily access contributions of $200 or more to the Presidential Inaugural Committee with the click of a mouse at www.pic2009.org/donors. So far, contributors appear to be going for the maximum of $50,000, the PIC announced today. In...

By Marcia Davis | December 12, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Deconstructing the GWU Parade Float

Not since Izzy of the Atlanta Olympics fame has a design been as hard to figure out as George Washington University's inaugural float, which was invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in Barack Obama's presidential parade...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Polls: Your D.C. Visit

How are you getting to Washington? Where will you stay? What events and attractions are you most excited about? Vote in our polls, or tell us about your travel plans in the comments....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Around the Web

The Secret Service thinks estimates of 4 million inauguration attendees may be a little steep -- but will, of course, prepare for largest possibly crowds. Law enforcement officials would not commit to any notion that security will be tighter or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Hip-Hop Ball

Who: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, hosted by Russell Simmons, Ll Cool J and T.I. When: Jan. 19, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Where: Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $1,000 general admission; $2,500 VIP;...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mayor Fenty: Max Crowds Mean Three Square Feet Per Person

Wonder how authorities came up with the idea that there could be 3 million to 4 million people at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and parade? It appears the number wasn't arrived at by a rigorous analysis of how many plane,...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

The New Green Party

The Green Party is making an impact on the Democrats' big day. No, not that Green Party. We're talking about the Green Inaugural Ball. * The catch-phrase for the big event: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact. The draw: organic food, recyclable...

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

Destination DC: Hotel Rooms Still Available

Destination DC, a city tourism group, continues to monitor hotel availability and announced today that nearly 900 hotel rooms remain available in the District for Jan. 19, the night before Barack Obama is sworn-in as president. The organization also has...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jan. 20: Obama Takes Oath; Trash Picked Up

Officials at the D.C. Department of Public Works, yeoman public servants that they are, have announced that Barack Obama's swearing-in won't get in the way of the city's trash pickup. Service will continue Tuesday, Jan. 20. Agency director William O....

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Council Member Aims to Amend Bar Hours

A D.C. Council member filed formal notice today that he intends to propose a new emergency law that would alter the terms of the council's legislation that extended the hours of operation for bars and nightclubs during inauguration week. Tommy...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (19)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Black McDonald's Operators Association Ball

Who: Baltimore Washington Black McDonald's Operators Association When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight Where: City Club at Franklin Square in Washington, D.C.; 1300 I St. NW Tickets: $200 per person, see Web site for more details Why You Want...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Rangers' to Ride in Obama's Parade

Just how presidential are mowers, toilet plungers and broomsticks? It appears we'll find out on Jan. 20. From Mary Ann Akers's The Sleuth blog: [The] World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (Illinois) -- a longtime staple of beer-drenched St....

By Washington Post Editors | December 11, 2008; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Authorities: Don't Come to National Mall Until 4 a.m. Jan. 20

Federal and District government officials urged people not to come to the National Mall until 4 a.m. on Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in. Though the Mall grounds are open 24 hours a day to the public,...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Beth Tarini Age: 33 Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich. Profession: Pediatrician and health policy researcher at the University of Michigan Getting to Washington: Flying from Detroit...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Save the Parties! ... Or Not.

Though D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has pledged to sign the D.C. Council legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to stay open all night from Jan. 17-21, some groups aren't taking anything for granted. They're fighting for their...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simon Cowell's Il Divo to Perform at Inaugural Purple Ball; Sting at Creative Coalition Ball

More headliners are committing to inauguration week performances: Il Divo, the international operatic pop group created by American Idol judge Simon Cowell, will appear at Louis Gossett Jr.'s Inaugural Purple Ball. The ball will be Jan. 20 at the Fairmont...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to Prepare for Beloved Guests/Lucrative Renters

The Post provides advice today on how to make that guest room a home away from home when hosting friends for the holidays, or when offering a weeklong sublet at an exorbitant rate. Getting a request for lodging can be...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 11, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

AP Video: The Bar Hour Debate

AP gets more reaction to the controversy from Mayor Adrian Fenty and the head of the police union, and chats with some average workers in the District. Vote in our poll or leave your comments after the jump....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 11, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

The $50,000 Per Night Inaugural Lodging

It's the mother of all inaugural housing packages--a 550-acre estate in Rappahannock County, with a manor house, a carriage house, a pink house, two private cottages, separate pool/spa complex with a large heated swimming pool, Turkish steam room, Finnish sauna...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Oprah Comes Calling

Ceci Aikens was working at William W. Hall Elementary School in Capitol Heights on Wednesday when the phone rang. Stuck in a classroom full of students, she couldn’t answer. But she could get to a computer – and so she...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 7:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mayor Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21....

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

Gaylord Resort in Maryland Has Hotel Rooms

Many D.C. hotels may not have rooms for next month's inauguration, but one of the pre-eminent hotels just across the bridge in Maryland is still accepting guests, a spokeswoman said. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, located on the...

By Marcia Davis | December 10, 2008; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Planning Party Featuring ... Kanye West?

Everyone's trying to line up big names for inauguration week and sources tell Inauguration Watch that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is planning an inaugural party for Sunday, Jan. 18, at the D.C. Armory and that hizzoner has invited...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Council Chair, Others React to Senators' Opposition of Extended Bar Hours

People continue to take sides in the debate over whether the District's bars and nightclubs should be allowed to stay open around-the-clock (and serve alcohol until 5 a.m.) during inauguration week. Reacting to the letter from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration to Turn an 'Empty Nest' Into a Full House

Talk about change: One home in Cleveland Park will transform from "empty nest" to Obama colony in the days leading up to the inauguration. Mary Warfield, 57, who’s lived alone in her four-story home since her three sons left for...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Around the Web

Cold-weather weenies have an alternative to seeing the new president inaugurated in Washington, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports: The thinking pink crew at the Royal Hawaiian (coincidentally home to the Mai Tai Bar, where former rival John McCain met...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 10, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Church Leaders Join Fight Against Extended Bar Hours

A day after Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members to rescind the emergency law that will let bars and nightclubs stay open around the clock from Jan. 17-21 for...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (24)

'Renewing America's Promise'

The official theme of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration will be “Renewing America’s Promise,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. “At this moment of great challenge and great change, renewing the promise of America begins with renewing the idea that in...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 10, 2008; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Los Angeles to D.C.: It's Too Costly to Send Our Police for Inaugural

District government leaders say they're counting on an additional 4,000 police officers from across the country to help patrol the streets during inauguration week. But where will they come from? Not Los Angeles...unless the District is willing to pay more...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch: The Obama Pin

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Inaugural Pin Maker: D.C. jewelry designer Ann Hand Price: $75 (available in 18-carat gold and diamonds by special order) Why: From the Web site: "The designs of...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

See Local Inaugural Bands in Action

Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the first group of organizations chosen to march in the inaugural parade. Since then, still more has been revealed about the participants -- and of special interest to many in the area are the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 9, 2008; 9:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breaking News: Sens. Feinstein, Bennett Object to D.C. Inaugural Nightlife Legislation

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) are objecting to the emergency law approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow city nightclubs, bars and restaurants to remain open all night and serve alcohol until 5...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 5:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

Montgomery County School Board Votes for Inaugural Holiday

The Montgomery County school board voted today to declare a holiday on Inauguration Day, the latest in a wave of actions that will close most of the region’s public schools Jan. 20. School systems in Charles, Loudoun, Prince George’s, Prince...

By Marcia Davis | December 9, 2008; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Best and Worst From Past Balls

Thousands of people dressed in their finest attire flock to Washington for inaugurations, vying for the chance to attend an inaugural ball. The major event at any ball is typically the new president's appearance -- at the balls he chooses...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 9, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

Alternative Transportation: Bike to the Inaugural!

Not on one of the 10,000 buses that might show up Jan. 20? Don't want to brave the record ridership expected on Metro's trains that day? Not interested in walking two miles to see Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony? Well, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Battle of the Bands?

Marching bands of historically black colleges and universities have long been known for their rivalries. Forget about which football team is better. Sometimes, it's all about the bands. There have been major motion pictures made about the phenomenon. Now, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Rashad Brown (pictured with author and professor Cornell West) Age: 23 Residence: Tallahassee, Fla. Profession: Recently graduated from Florida A&M University with master's in education...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Here's a Rental 'Candidate' for You...

There are places to rent for the inauguration -- and then there are places to rent that are being rented by folks who actually ran for president. It seems that former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who lost out to Sen....

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Virginia Groups Invited to Inaugural Parade

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has asked three Virginia organizations to participate in the parade after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20: the T.C. Williams High School Army JROTC, the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets, and the...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Sleuth: 35,000 Want to Volunteer Jan. 20

Mary Anne Akers reports that the inauguration committee's request for a hand in January got a pretty big response: Since posting a "volunteer" option on its Web site 13 days ago, the committee -- as of late this morning -...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 8, 2008; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Oprah' Taping Tickets All Gone in 105 Minutes

It may go down as one of the hottest tickets of the entire inauguration season. Tickets to Oprah Winfrey's D.C. television taping, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19, in the Kennedy Center's 2,300-seat Opera House, were available online today -- and...

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Sources: 10 Official Inaugural Balls and 45 Unofficial Ones

At a briefing this morning by Destination DC, a tourism organization, officials said that the Presidential Inaugural Commitee is planning on announcing 10 official inaugural balls. They also said they have a list of 45 unofficial inaugural balls so far....

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Opening Up

Still looking for a place to stay on Inauguration Weekend? We reported last week that there would be more hotel rooms opening up. And today, we're able to be specific. A fresh batch of several thousand hotel rooms for the...

By Marcia Davis | December 8, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Smithsonian Exhibits Celebrate Inaugurals Past

What did Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural look like in 1865? How about Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade, which featured chiefs Buckskin Charlie (Ute), American Horse (Oglala Sioux), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Hollow Horn Bear (Brule Sioux) and Little Plume...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Around the Web

The Maryland Transit Administration announced today that it would run trains and buses both for Inauguration Day and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday preceding it, the Baltimore Sun reported. MARC trains do not typically run on federal holidays,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 8, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Aloha Ball

What: Aloha Inaugural Ball (this is separate from and unaffiliated with the Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball) Who: Obama volunteers When: Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $300...

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

Money, Money, Money

In case you missed The Post's weekend coverage, we brought you three tales of the way in which money is altering the face of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Nikita Stewart wrote on Saturday about the competition between vendors for licenses...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mount Up: U.S. Border Patrol to be in Parade

Inaugural officials have started selecting applicants to march in the big Jan. 20 parade, and sources said among the first to be notified is an outfit from the U.S, Border Patrol, that will include horses, bagpipes and drums, and a...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 7:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Attending Prayer Service on Jan. 21

The Washington National Cathedral says President-Elect Barack Obama will attend the traditional inaugural prayer service at there on Jan 21. The tradition of an inaugural prayer service dates to George Washington. In more recent times, it has usually been held...

By Marcia Davis | December 5, 2008; 6:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

King III to Speak at 'People's Inaugural' Lunch

Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights leader, has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Stafford Foundation’s inaugural luncheon on Jan. 19, a foundation spokesman said today. The foundation is hosting a Martin Luther...

By Marcia Davis | December 5, 2008; 5:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kanye to Reprise DNC Role at Impact Film Ball

Hip-hop royalty Kanye West is the latest star making inauguration plans, according to The Sleuth: Kanye is a "99.9 percent done deal" to perform at the unofficial ball hosted by the Impact Film Fund, a not-for-profit organization run by the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 5:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

What Will and Won't Be Open Along Parade Route

Following the Newseum's announcement that it would welcome visitors during the Inaugation Day parade, the Going Out Gurus checked in with other sites on the route: As of now, many other museums plan to be open that day including all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Hotel Rooms, Home Rentals Still Available in Loudoun

Many areas well beyond the Beltway are seeing a run on hotel rooms, and Loudoun County is among them, Loudoun Extra's Erica Garman reports. Some options remain for latecomers, though: The Goodstone Inn and Estate, also in Middleburg, has several...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: D.C.'s 51st State Inaugural Ball

The D.C. government is throwing its own inaugural ball and the ultra, super-fancy, ritzy location is ... city hall! Lest anyone suggest D.C. pols aren't of the people, council member Harry Thomas Jr. tells Inauguration Watch that the city's party...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Tourism Group: Hotels Rooms Still Available

Destination D.C., a tourism organization, says reports of hotel rooms being sold out in the Washington area aren't exactly accurate. In fact, the group says, there are roughly 1,400 rooms still left within a 30-mile radius and you can have...

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

Watch the Construction Live

If you just can't get enough news about the construction of the inaugural podium aren't, you can now watch it in real time on washingtonpost.com by visiting our webcam....

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Chat With the 'Benefactor of the Ball'

Yesterday The Post's Michael Ruane told the story of Earl Stafford, the Virginia businessman who spent $1 million to establish an inaugural ball for the disadvantaged in downtown D.C. If you've got a question for Stafford, today is your lucky...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Post's Inauguration FAQ

Need to know exactly what to expect during Inauguration Week -- and the big day itself? Here's your starting point: Inauguration Watch's list of frequently asked questions. (We'll be adding to this document over time as more information becomes known...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Stafford 'People's Inaugural' Gets Big Response

The Stafford Foundation officially launched its million-dollar project yesterday morning to bring scores of disadvantaged people to Barack Obama’s inauguration next month. Amid what organizers said was a deluge of phone calls and emails from potential supporters, volunteers and participants,...

By Marcia Davis | December 4, 2008; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Newseum Offers Warm Spot to Watch Parade

The Newseum, which reopened in its new location near the Capitol in April, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Inauguration Day, the Associated Press reports. It should offer great views -- and warmth -- to visitors...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Police Union Chief Questions Inaugural Deployment Plans

The leader of the D.C. police union is concerned about the department’s plans for police deployment during Inauguration weekend, especially in light of a recent decision by the D.C. Council to extend the hours of operation for bars and restaurants....

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Entire Mall Open for Inauguration

For the first time in history, the entire National Mall will be open to the public for an inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. Officials have been in talks for weeks about opening the Mall east of the Washington...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (14)

Kennedy Center to Host Oprah Taping

Oprah confirmed Wednesday to "Access Hollywood" that she will be producing her show at the Kennedy Center's Opera House on Jan. 19. The Post's Reliable Source first reported on the negotiations Nov. 20. Oprah.com will post information later this week...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $1 Million Man

Here's the story of a high roller who's making sure that the inauguration will be enjoyed by some folks without as much in the bank. From The Post's Michael Ruane: It was billed as the biggest, most eye-popping of the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Is on a Roll

The story about the guy who printed the president-elect's face on a roll of toilet paper sounds like the start of a thousand punchlines -- or worse. But Jeremy Rupke insists it's only business; nothing personal. "I am not picking...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Inauguration Organizers to Open More Viewing Space

It looks like organizers are going to be opening up the Mall to accommodate more people, sources tell Inauguration Watch. In the past, the area from 7th Street NW to 15th Street NW was used for staging the parade. But...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: American Music Inaugural Ball

What: American Music Inaugural Ball Who: Dionne Warwick will host When: Jan. 20; there will be two balls--the Legends Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and the Urban Ball from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Where: Wardman Park Marriott,...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Officials Expect 10,000 Charter Buses

Metro officials said they are expecting 10,000 charter buses, carrying an estimated 500,000 people, to arrive in the Washington area for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20. But the transit agency will only be able to handle parking for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 5:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Does More Inauguration Revelry = More Cops?

Might the D.C. Council's decision to keep bars and nightclubs open 24 hours a day during Inauguration weekend mean more cops hitting the streets to keep late-night partygoers in line? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Government Launches Inauguration Web Page

District government leaders have devoted a page on the city's Web site to all things inauguration. Not much on there yet, but you can find a copy of the sample lease agreement the city created for those trying to rent...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars Open 24 Hours -- Good or Bad? Vote Here

As we've reported, the D.C. Council approved legislation to allow bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17 until the morning of Jan. 21. What do you think about this...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Expects 500 Temporary Street Vendors for Inauguration

As if there aren't enough places to buy Barack Obama memorabilia, the D.C. government now says it expects to issue 500 temporary licenses for street vendors good for just one day--Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office....

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

VRE Plans Full Service, May Handle Bus Traffic

It appears the inauguration committee may have found one solution for the bus parking problem. Virginia Railway Express spokesman Mark Roeber says they'll be running a full slate of trains on Jan. 20, and that inauguration committees may try to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch

What: African Inaugural Ball Who: Sponsored by the African Foundation, open to the public When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. until midnight Where: Silver Spring Hilton, 8727 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Maryland Tickets: Starting at $150 apiece. See Web site for...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Party Planners See New Events, a Bit Less Glitz

Special Events magazine takes a look at inauguration parties in its latest issue, and finds that economic woes will result in higher turnover in ball hosts, and a lower-key tone overall: As for private events, the dour economic outlook is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 3, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Bars, Nightclubs to Be Open 24-hours A Day for Inauguration Week

The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation this evening that will allow District bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. — three hours later than usual — and remain open for food around the clock from Jan. 17...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 6:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. to Obama: Use "Taxation Without Representation" License Plates

So many decisions for a president-elect. Who to pick for the Cabinet? Where to send your kids to school? And now ... what license plates to use on the presidential limo? If the D.C. Council has any say, Barack Obama...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

More on Landlord Liability for Inauguration Rentals

On Nov. 20, The Post's David Nakamura explored some of the possible risks for landlords and residents renting out their properties for the inauguration. Christopher J. Boggs of Insurance Journal goes into a little more detail: Homeowners' policy forms specifically...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 2, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Customer Call Center and Sales Office to Extend Hours

We told you two weeks ago that Metro would expand its service hours for the inaugural, staying open from 4 a.m. Jan. 20 through 2 a.m. Jan. 21. It will offer rush-hour service for 15 consecutive hours that day. Now...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More...

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted on its Web site a number of tips to keep in mind for those planning on attending the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony and parade. Among the list of items banned from...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

D.C. Officials Considering Opening Bars 24-7

The D.C. Council is considering legislation today that would allow bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours longer than current regulations allow -- and remain open 24 hours a day from Jan. 17 through 21 to serve...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (12)

New Obama Souvenir Store Opens In D.C.

The Treasury Department and the White House were on one side of 15th Street. But the tourists stopping to take photos were aiming their lenses at a new presidential souvenir shop on the other side. Hoping to capitalize on...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Seeing Green Over Inauguration

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the potential problems in the inauguration housing market in which thousands of Washington-area residents are trying to rent out their homes for the week of Jan. 20. In today's Metro section,...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Campaign's Heavy Hitters Give to Transition

CORRECTION: This previous version of this post incorrectly stated what the fundraising was paying for. The money helps pay for transition costs, augmenting $8.5 million in taxpayer funds that are provided. President-elect Obama's transition team today released its first batch...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Construction Begins on Viewing Stands Outside D.C. City Hall

Construction began today on the bleachers in front of the John A. Wilson Building, D.C.'s city hall, where Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and council members will watch Barack Obama trek down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celeb Bash Chases Untapped Lobbyist Cash

The Creative Coalition's ball is pricy for those wanting to attend -- and pricier for sponsors, says The Sleuth. Luckily there's a big, untapped pool of potential donors: The dismal economy isn't stopping the Creative Coalition from throwing one of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Schools Close on Inauguration Day?

That's the question washingtonpost.com On Parenting blogger Stacey Garfinkle asks as more school districts decide that, yes, they should. The Post's editorial board opposes the closures; one Walt Whitman Senior High School student wrote a letter to the editor defending...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Presidential Inaugural Committee Seeking Volunteers

Interested in getting involved with the inauguration but don't think you'll score a ticket or be able to afford one of the inaugural balls? One way to stay close to the action would be to sign up as a volunteer...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration on the Web

USA Today notes that Delta and Southwest have joined five other airlines increasing traffic into and out of Dulles, Reagan National and BWI for the inauguration. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that while many buses are being chartered to bring...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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