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Archive: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

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)

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