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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 Monument so that more people could participate in the inauguration. The expansion means moving the staging of the inaugural parade off the Mall. In the past, the parade has been staged between 7th and 14th streets NW before marching bands and Boy
Scout troops make their way to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Today’s announcement makes it official.

"We’re grateful to local, federal, and military officials for their efforts to open up the National Mall to Americans who want to participate in this historic occasion,“ inaugural committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau said in a statement. “These arrangements represent our committee’s continuing commitment to make next year’s historic inauguration as accessible as possible to citizens in Washington, D.C., and across the country.“

JumboTrons and an audio system will be placed throughout the Mall so that the public can see the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama.

In the past, the swearing-in viewing area has been bounded by 4th Street NW for ticket holders and to 7th Street NW for the general public. The ticketed area is limited to 240,000 people.

Last week, the committee, which is in charge of inaugural festivities, said it wanted to create “the most open and accessible inauguration in history.”

“This will be an Inauguration for all Americans,“ D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said in a statement. “And so we are dedicated to opening it up so that people from across the country can gather together in America’s front yard. We remain hard at work to ensure the day’s festivities are safe and accessible for visitors, residents, and businesses alike.“

By David A Nakamura  |  December 4, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee , Swearing-in Ceremony
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It is hard to imagine there will ever be an inaugration for an unqualified candidate since SCOTUS is likely to thwart any electoral votes for someone who is unwilling to prove they are a natural-born citizen.

Since Barack refuses to conjure up a legitimate birth certificate showing where he was born, or; that he was born in Hawaii as he IMPLIES with his COLB, it's highly unlikely he will be inaugurated.

Posted by: Archarito | December 4, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Archarito:

I'm delighted to report that the only unlikely thing on this page is your ever being taken seriously by anyone who reads your pointless and irrelevant post.

Posted by: Orsalia | December 4, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

You should really check your facts before you post something which has been rebutted and laid to rest a while ago.


Posted by: Matt_75 | December 4, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Archarito: Please go crawl back under rock.

Posted by: mmp2 | December 4, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to imagine there will ever be an inaugration for an unqualified candidate since SCOTUS is likely to thwart any electoral votes for someone who is unwilling to prove they are a natural-born citizen.

Since Barack refuses to conjure up a legitimate birth certificate showing where he was born, or; that he was born in Hawaii as he IMPLIES with his COLB, it's highly unlikely he will be inaugurated.

Posted by: Archarito | December 4, 2008 1:00 PM

Jeez you people just WON'T go away. I take it you are of the Palin intellgencia. For the umpteenth time:

From the Hawaii Department of Health and Fact Check-

The truth about Obama's birth certificate.
In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document's authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is "fake."

We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

Update, Nov. 1: The director of Hawaii’s Department of Health confirmed Oct. 31 that Obama was born in Honolulu

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 4, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear Archarito:

Re-posting your silly post will not make it true.

Posted by: Orsalia | December 4, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Poor Archarito, must be a leftover spindoctor from the Palin camp. Giving this individual facts is not going to solve his problem, perhaps a visit to his proctologist should help him find his brain.

Posted by: herbf56 | December 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Why do people still bring up the Birth Certificate as if it was an ISSUE? Leaving aside the factcheck.org conclusion... here are my thoughts on why this is NOT AN ISSUE.

I worked for one of the big three credit bureaus for three years, and I also have almost a decade of experience as an administrator at two different universities. I have probably seen tens of thousands of sets of identity documents, both foreign and domestic, in my lifetime. Certificate of Live Birth is not an unusual term. When someone presents fake documents, believe me, the authorities take it seriously.

President-elect Obama has a US Passport. Do you really believe the State Department would issue a US Passport to someone they were not able to validate as a US CITIZEN?

When I applied for my US Passport, I had to request a copy of my birth certificate, and when I received it I was surprised that it was very different from the original (which I lost years before). THE STATE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTED IT. Does this mean that there is something wrong with my birth certificate, my passport, or my citizenship? Of course not. It's the same for Obama.

Obama won. Obama won by a landslide in a historic election where the majority of the AMERICAN PEOPLE told the dittoheads where to go. Obama is a US Citizen, and the President-elect. Either get over it or, as the more radical members of your party are so fond of saying, move to another country.

Posted by: maximumverb | December 4, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see the ceremony in person,but it is going to be the biggest cluster fu_ck in history. 4-5 million people! And metro insists on collecting fares. the scenes at the ticket machines will put the Valley Stream Walmart stampede to shame. Mark my words. I'm staying home and watching it all from the Comfort of my easy chair.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | December 4, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

YOU should check your facts first before engaging your fingers and talking down to someone...

Posted by: CommonSense60 | December 4, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I am interested in knowing about the list of prohibited items and whether or not that list will be extended to the mall. I certainly hope not, because we plan on bringing chairs and snacks...

And for those like commonsense60 and archarito...
A person is a natural-born citizen if they have a parent who is a citizen. It doesn't matter where they were born. Obama could have been born in China (though he was born in Hawaii) and it wouldn't matter because his mother was a US citizen.
Just because the case is heading to the Supreme Court doesn't mean it has any merit. The article linked by commonsense basically says this...

Posted by: 39aka94 | December 4, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, 39aka94. American parent = American citizen. Nothing else matters. Get over it.

For prohibited items, etc., go to inaugural [dot] senate [dot] gov. Click on "'09 Events" and then on "Plan Your Trip," and then scroll down to the item list. (Nice how they buried it, huh?)

In a nutshell, they're banning weapons (obviously), plus large bags, umbrellas, strollers, thermoses, coolers, signs, posters -- and anything else that security screeners decide to "at their discretion."

They say "don't bring any food except a small sandwich or snack." There will be no food items for sale inside the perimeter. Lastly, they say "A vast majority of attendees will be in standing room sections and should be prepared to be on their feet for several hours."

Sounds like fun. I think I'll watch on TV.

Posted by: muskratinator | December 4, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear Commonsense and Archa-
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Posted by: silverspring25 | December 5, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

'I Was Summoned by My Country'

I would conclude that maybe Obama will speak on grounds surrounding the need to incorporate a plan to be exercised via the words included in our Constitution. Preferably he would reiterate the significance of exercising protocol in a more unified and solidifying effort to make manifest the change that we awaits under his administration. Speak firmly about the significance of being on one accord and with a mindset to perfect our union with efforts from all starting with the bottom and working our way up. A renewal of faith that our land can warrant us a better today and tomorrow should we the people do the right things and those things which are for the good of all with no respecter of persons, culture or nationality. Incorporate a plan that will include all with no exceptions, yet allow us the choice to engage in the manifestation of his vision. Be real to the nation concerning his overall vision to combat the many crisis that our nation now faces, not to exclude the fact that time will tell what no man knows and it will take time to secure physical changes to be seen with the naked eye with the surmountable problems that we will inherit from the past administrations, yet we can restore and regain our country. Reiterate the fact that despite the damage done, we can and we will expeditiously focus on make manifest and strive to perfect our nation as soon as possible. This will not be an easy journey, yet a worthwhile and much needed journey to restore and regain our nation that we may be able to accommodate and assist ourselves and those less fortunate.
Yes We Can” and in love, unity and good faith , I conclude “Yes We Will” under my leadership as your choice of your newly elected commander in chief. Just a few thoughts that I kinda think he may speak on in his inaugural address , but I do know for sure, that his speech will be truly dynamic and accommodating to a wide range of the American people’s interests at present. You go, President Elect Barack Obama. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | December 11, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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