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Mad Scramble for Thousands of Discarded Obama Invites

People are picking through dumpsters near the Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings on Capitol Hill to collect some of the thousands of invitations to Obama's inauguration that were discarded this afternoon, a source tells Inauguration Watch. The invitations were...

By David A Nakamura | January 23, 2009; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (7)

Plouffe Wants You

Now that the inauguration is history, Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe is trying to keep the President's army of supporters busy. He has released this video about how supporters can stay involved in the "movement."...

By David A Nakamura | January 23, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Purple Ticket-Holder Planning Ceremony Do-Over

Barack Obama got a do-over of his oath of office. Now, a campaign staff member who got shut out of Obama's original ceremony is planning another try of his own. Gabe Cohen, 29, who spent 20 months on the campaign,...

By David A Nakamura | January 23, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (14)

Poll: Purple Ticket Restitution

As reported yesterday, those who missed the swearing-in ceremony because they were stuck outside the gates of ticketed areas will be receiving souvenir packets as apologies for their disappointment. But is that enough? Vote in the poll below. poll by...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 23, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (39)

Sen. Feinstein: Purple and Blue Ticket-holders Will Receive Special Souvenirs (*Updated)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) will be distributing packages that include a souvenir program, color photos of President Obama and other memorabilia to people with tickets who were not admitted to the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, according to an email sent to...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (44)

Reps. George Miller and Chris Van Hollen Want Answers on Ticket Meltdown

Photo taken by Taylor Barnes in the 3rd Street tunnel off-ramp to D Street on 10 a.m. Tuesday while waiting in the Purple-ticket line. Barnes and Barnes' father never made it into the ceremony. The pressure is heating up on...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

Souvenir Watch: Inauguration Air

Maker: Brother-sister team Gabriel and Frenika Mudd Price: $3 per bottle available on eBay Why: From the product’s Web site: “Get a piece of the inauguration! 100% unfiltered, unadulterated air from the heart of Inauguration Central, Washington D.C., on 1/20/09....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 22, 2009; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Video: The Endless Purple Ticket Line

Reader Julie Dorshkind, who sent us a photograph we used in yesterday's post about Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) investigation into what went wrong with the inauguration ticket lines, also sent us a video. Dorshkind took several short clips that we...

By Washington Post Editors | January 22, 2009; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Takes Oath Again

After Chief Justice John G. Roberts flubbed the order while delivering the oath of office Tuesday, he and Barack Obama redid the oath last night, reports the Post's Michael Shear. This is how it went down: After a flawless recitation...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ticket-gate: Hundreds Call Feinstein's Office After Being Shutout

Here's the latest full story in the Post about Ticket-gate, a front page piece by reporters Pam Constable and Mary Beth Sheridan. The article details people's personal tales of woe, says hundreds have phoned the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (14)

Official Head Count: 1.8 Million on the Mall

A record 1.8 million people were on the Mall to watch Obama take the oath of office, authorities said yesterday in what amounted to a group decision, report the Post's Michael E. Ruane and Aaron C. Davis. They write: In...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Feinstein Launches Investigation into Ticket Fiasco

We told you earlier today that the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies apologized for the problems that kept thousands of ticket holders locked out of the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday. Now, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs that committee, has...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 9:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama for America Staff Ball Right Now Featuring Jay-Z

It's a good day to be an Obama staffer. After a long campaign and transition, about 10,000 staff have been invited to the D.C. Amory for a private party featuring rap superstar Jay-Z. The event, called the Obama for America...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Around the Web

As the city begins the long clean-up process of an Inauguration attended by over one million people, it’s time to take stock of news you may have missed in the midst of transportation delays and potential foreign security threats. In...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 5:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ticket-Holder to Pelosi: Capitol Police Chief's Comments a 'Slap in the Face'

The anger among those ticket-holders who were denied entrance to Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Tuesday is palpable. Emails are streaming in to Inauguration Watch (we're trying to respond to all of you, but please take this as a broad thanks...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

Inaugural Committee Apologizes for Ticket Fiasco

Ticket holder Rev. T.T. Terry, of Dallas, looks into the purple gate area yesterday. Despite arriving at 5:30 a.m., he was denied entry. (AP) The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for planning and executing Barack Obama's...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (138)

More on Purple Ticket Fiasco

People with purple tickets line the 3rd Street tunnel yesterday. (AP) The Post Metro team has been aggressively reporting on the major screwup that kept thousands of ticketholders to Obama's swearing-in ceremony stranded outside the security perimeter, after waiting...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (30)

Video: Western States Ball

Play Video VIDEO | Western States Ball Inauguration Watch checked out one of Obama's 10 official inaugural balls last night to get a first-hand view of what these galas are all about. We prepared by listening to inaugural ball...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Audio: D.C. Police Chief Lanier Reviews Inaugural Security

Police Chief Lanier spoke with washingtonpost.com briefly this afternoon about how security went for Inauguration Day, addressing complaints by those who were stuck outside the blue and purple gates at the Capitol, praising efforts by the law enforcement officers from...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration Cleanup Effort Underway

On the day after America’s biggest yard party, it was all about the monumental cleanup. The city’s trash trucks have already hauled away 90 tons of inaugural garbage with at least 40 more tons left to go, said Mafara Hobson,...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (35)

Video: Voices of the Inaugural Ceremony

According to reports from D.C. police this morning, they estimated a crowd of 1.8 million individuals. Today's Post is reporting more than 1 million were in attendance to see the historic Inauguration, battling lines, traffic and cold weather without too...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Images -- Send Us Yours

The Washington Post had dozens of photographers and videographers throughout D.C. yesterday looking for the best shots from one of the biggest events in the city's history. Check out some of the links below, and send in your photos...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Millions Watch Inauguration on Web

In a milestone for online video, the inauguration became the most-watched event in the history of the Web, with one company saying it streamed coverage to 7.7 million computers simultaneously, the Associated Press reports. CNN said it delivered 21.3 million...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Road Closures Around National Cathedral

The majority of roads closed yesterday have been reopened in the District, the D.C. Dept. of Transportation said, though a few streets will be closed near the National Cathedral from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. for the National Prayer Service...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

For All the Party People

Update: 11:25 p.m.: Check out Inaugural fashion photos and see who showed up where in the District. You can also share your own celebratory photos for other readers to see. Original Post: Now that the swearing-in and parade are over,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 11:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Fire, EMS Receive Record Calls

Update: 11:03 p.m. A D.C. Fire Department press release reports the District Emergency Services received a record number of calls on the day of the Inauguration. According to the release: Approximately 500 calls for service were answered by Fire &...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celebrations Hit District Streets

The inaugural celebration spilled out into the streets of Washington last night, as revelers braved freezing temperatures to toast President Barack Obama and swap stories about how they spent the historic day. Those without tickets to black tie affairs turned...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 20, 2009; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

More Information About Crowd Size

Satellite image taken at 11:19 a.m. from above the Mall. (GeoEye Satellite Image) Our analysis of a satellite image shows about 1 million people were on the Mall 45 minutes before President Barack Obama took the oath of office. Security...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 8:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

Officials Warn of Cold Evening Conditions

As visitors and area residents head out to tonight's balls, galas and events, they should keep warm clothing in mind, according to District authorities. D.C. Fire Department spokesman Alan Etter said about a dozen people were being evaluated at about...

By washingtonpost.com editors | January 20, 2009; 8:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Officials: Too Many Tickets for Blue, Purple Areas

6:40 pm. -- Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer estimated that several thousand people with blue and purple tickets could not get into the designated sections. “It does appear that maybe there were more tickets in purple and blue than bulky...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 6:47 PM ET | Comments (83)

No Arrests, No Violations of Airspace Reported

Military authorities reported no violations of airspace restrictions over Washington. (The restrictions ended at 6 p.m.) A spokesman for the Secret Service's joint information center also reported no arrests as of that hour. "We are certainly pleased with the successful...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 6:31 PM ET | Comments (6)

User Video: Blue-Ticket Holders Shut Out

Despite arriving many hours before the swearing-in, even ticket holders had trouble getting into the ceremony. Congressional staffer Scott Gore sent in this video from outside the gates for the blue-ticket seating area....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 6:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

Photos: Crowds Storm D.C. for Inauguration

Thousands of people storm the streets by the Capitol in Washington, D.C., for a chance to witness the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. See all the photos here Send washingtonpost.com your photos using the Flickr feed or this gallery of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kids Separated From Family, Teachers

The U.S. Park Police said that in all, about 30 children were separated from families or classmates, but that all were reunited without incident. Nathan, a sixth-grader from Warren, Ohio, was one of those lost children. As Obama’s speech ended,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

Video: Obamas Walk Part of Parade Route

Barack and Michelle Obama got out of their limo to walk part of the parade route and were greeted with cheers from parade watchers:...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Many Express Outrage Over Ticket Problem

Update: At least 4,000 ticket holder were denied entry, the Post reports. Original post: When nearly 2 million visitors packed on the Mall for celebrations, many did not get to see the festivities -- ticket or no ticket. Many expressed...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (77)

Post Columnists Discuss Day's Events

Post columnist Eugene Robinson was online earlier today to discuss the historical significance of the day and more. Cincinnati, Ohio: Dear Eugene. Every thing had been said, everything has been pondered, history has been made. My question is simple ......

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Transcript of Rev. Lowery's Inaugural Benediction

Rev. Joseph Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr., delivered the benediction at the inaugural ceremony. Below is a transcription of his address, provided by CQ Transcriptwire: [*] LOWERY: God of our weary years,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (44)

Park Police, MPD Report No Arrests

Officer Denise Maradiaga said the U.S. Park Police made no arrests on the Mall today and that things are clearing up nicely. She also reported that 30 lost children were safely returned to their families. As of about 1 p.m.,...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Counterprogramming

Knowing the cable news networks and the broadcast nets would cop virtually all viewers looking for today’s inauguration ceremony coverage, other TV networks struggled to carve out their own slice of the audience with coverage of the ceremony, or creative...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parade Route Never Reached Capacity

Malcolm Wiley, a Secret Service spokesman, said that the parade route never filled to capacity, so it was not shut down, as officials had forecast they might do. He said one of the 13 checkpoints closed because the crowd had...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (12)

Celebrity Spotings: Fox, Carey, Ali and More

4: 25 p.m. (6th and C) -- Michael J. Fox talks to folks around the corner from the Newseum. 11: 15 a.m. (Portajohns)-- Near the Capitol No celebrity treatment for Halle Berry and her ex-husband Eric Benet who waited in...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Video: Pulling Tips Out of a Stovepipe Hat

Decked out in a stovepipe hat a la Abe Lincoln, Post columnist John Kelly solicits advice from inauguration-goers for the next president, in a way that only the Answer Man can. For instance, from Consuelo Tomlinson: "Try to do things...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Transcript of Inaugural Poem

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Yale University, wrote the inaugural poem for Barack Obama. Below is a transcription of her poem, provided by CQ Transcriptwire: (CORRECTED COPY) JANUARY 20, 2009 Praise song for the day. Each day we go about...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Gets Out of Limo and Walks

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in inaugural parade. (Reuters) At 4:04 p.m., President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama got out of their limo at 7th and Pennsylvania, NW, (just past the Newseum)...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tangherlini Says City Dealing Well With Crowds

City administrator Dan Tangherlini said authorities were dealing well with an expected challenge of thousands leaving the mall immediately after the ceremony. He said officials had anticipated a "more staggered exit." "People were just getting out because they were...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

'This Is What America Is Supposed to Be Like'

Post columnist Marc Fisher has compiled dozens of brief sentiments on the inauguration from people from all over the country, and beyond. Needless to say, the mood is euphoric; many describe the event as a dream finally realized. Join Fisher...

By Mike McPhate | January 20, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Excerpts: Bob Kaiser Analyzes Obama Speech

Play Video VIDEO | Obama Sworn-In as 44th President Washington Post associate editor Robert G. Kaiser was online Monday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to take your questions and offer his analysis President Obama's swearing-in ceremony and inaugural...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Purple, Silver, Blue Ticket Holders Turned Away

Play Video VIDEO | Raw Video: Ticketed Inauguration-Goers Refused Entry Update: Many visitors today were turned away before the beginning of the Inaugural events. Even ticket holders had trouble getting into the ceremony. People with purple, silver and blue...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (258)

The Parade Begins

The inaugural parade has begun, with the marching of the military bands. You can watch it live on washingtonpost.com....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

HBO to Air 'Updated Version' of Sunday's Concert Tomorrow

HBO says it will telecast “an updated version” of Sunday’s inaugural-related concert tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time, By “updated,” the premium cable network means it will include the invocation that had been delivered by the Rev....

By David A Nakamura | January 20, 2009; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (8)

Seen in the Crowd: Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson

D.C. Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson are very close friends. Rhee and the former Phoenix Suns star, were spotted among those at the mall, reports Post reporter Michael Birnbaum, who took this photo:...

By David A Nakamura | January 20, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Depart Capitol Soon

We are getting word from someone in the Presidential Inaugural Committee that Obama is expected to leave the Capitol at 3 p.m. -- Nelson G. Hernandez...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Byrd, Kennedy Leave Lunch for Medical Reasons

Early reports say that Sens. Byrd and Kennedy left the Obama Congressional luncheon for medical reasons. Before being taken from the room, Kennedy had begun shaking and convulsing, according to Senate staffer in the luncheon, and appeared to be having...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Parade Announcer Entertains the Waiting Crowds

(2:20 p.m. -- Reviewing stand in front of the White House) As people streamed into the area for the inaugural parade, the parade's announcer kept the crowd entertained by pointing out the notables who were coming into the stands. "Ladies...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

User Photos of D St. Problems, Crowds

There were various reports of ticket holders and other attendees being turned away this morning. Washingtonpost.com user Mark submitted these photos from his vantage point on the tunnel opening at 3rd and D Streets to the ramp from the Southwest...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Post's Midday Edition Hits the Streets

(Near 6th and Pennsylvania, NW, at the Newseum) The Washington Post afternoon edition has been spotted downtown. One man, Mike Ivey, 40, of the District, said he purchased his from a street vendor near 6th and F streets. The $2...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some Treated for Cold Exposure, Alcohol

By early afternoon, local hospitals reported treating several dozen people, most for cold-related ailments and others for partying too hard. Several patients who had drunk too much alcohol were brought to George Washington University Hospital in Northwest for treatment. By...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

MPD Reports No Arrests So Far

As of about 1:00 p.m. MPD said they had not made any arrests during today's celebrations. Asst. D.C. Police Chief Patrick Burke said police made no arrests but dealt with "a lot of medical issues." Law enforcement officials were gearing...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Transcript of Obama's Remarks

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd following his swearing-in.(Bloomberg). If you were on the Mall and couldn't hear President Obama's 20-minute-long speech over the crowd, or if you just didn't catch all of it from your vantage point, you...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

See The Post's Interactive Map of the Inauguration

Experience the events of Inauguration Day through photos, video and text from specific locations through TimeSpace, an interactive map and timeline that allows you to navigate news. Click here to navigate the map....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

American Music Ball Canceled

The American Music Ball has been cancelled, according to a rep for the Marriott Wardman Park hotel where it was to have been hosted. However, some of its big-name entertainers will find a home at another struggling inaugural fete --...

By David A Nakamura | January 20, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Harsh Reception for Bush

President Barack Obama shakes hand with President George W. Bush as Vice President Dick Cheney looks on during the inauguration ceremony. (Getty) Boos echoed throughout the crowd as President Bush, Vice President Cheney and several GOP congressmen were introduced...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (101)

More Treated For Cold-Related Ailments

Two unidentified attendees try to stay warm as they wait for the inauguration this morning. (AP) 12:30 p.m. Hundreds wait outside the Smithsonian Castle for police to open the doors. Some people and kids take turns jamming into the back...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Motorcade Thrills Parade-goers

The slow progress of the presidential motorcade has given some cheer to chilled viewers along the parade route. The line of vehicles, which included dozens of police cars and motorcycles, departed from the White House around 10:55 a.m. and elicited...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Restrooms Are Hot Item Downtown

(10th and E Street) -- At the Cosi at 10th and E the most popular items are the two indoor restrooms. The wait is a mere 40 minutes while a McDonalds a few blocks east reports a 2 hour...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Civil War Era Unit Gathers for Parade, Pictures

(U Street) -- Twenty black men dressed in Civil War era Union blues huddled to stay warm as they awaited a bus that would take them to the parade staging area. They are part of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crowd Estimates: 725k to 2M

Crowds fill the National Mall this morning. (Reuters) Update, 12:57 p.m.: Several agencies are estimating the crowd, including the parade route, at 1.8 million. Update, 11 a.m.: Officials are providing crowd estimates of between 725,000 to 2 million. Original...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

'I Don't Know' Shirt Seems Like a Good Choice

(17th and H Street NW) -- After two hours of trying, in vain, to keep pedestrians to the sidewalk and answer questions from hundreds of befuddled visitors an MPD sergeant says, "I need a big fat 'I don't know' stripped...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crowds Wait for Parade Route to Open This Morning

Here's a picture taken at 6:15 a.m. of the crowds at 7th and D Street NW. These folks are waiting for the parade route to officially open. (Courtesy of Penn Quarter Living) To read more on the early morning crowds...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Man Rides Pole at at 12th and E Street

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By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

Crowds Amass Near D Street Checkpoint

Security personnel are seen along the parade route this morning. (AFP/Getty) As crowds gather near D Street NW, authorities try to get a handle on the mass of people. (6th and D Street NW) -- 9:50 a.m. Officer Denise Maradiaga...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Open Bathroom, Good Business

At an Obama souvenir shop that opened its doors Sunday on E Street between 6th and 7th streets NW, owner Valerie Cunningham willingly allowed people to come in to warm up and use the bathroom. "Good morning, good morning," she...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Red Cross Receives Reports of Missing People, Hypothermia

(14th and C Street) -- In the American Red Cross mobile command headquarters, a bus parked on 14th and C streets, a half dozen staff and volunteers hunch over laptops and radios to monitor reports from law enforcement, homeland...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Celebrity Spotings: Fox, Carey, Ali and More

4: 25 p.m. (6th and C) -- Michael J. Fox talks to folks around the corner from the Newseum. 11: 15 a.m. (Portajohns)-- Near the Capitol No celebrity treatment for R&B singer and Halle Berry and her ex-husband Eric Benet...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Practice Makes Perfect for Sixth Grade Group

(15903 Somerville Drive ) -- At the Shady Grove metro station, 6:50 a.m. Seven children, representing the entire sixth grade at Garfield Elementary School in Eureka, Calif., waited inside the Shady Grove Metro station as their teacher bought fare...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Police Try To Calm Crowds on 3rd Street

(3rd and C NW) -- As crowds gather near C Street NW, authorities try to get a handle on the mass of people. 7:45 a.m. Police are taking about 60 people at a time from the line on left and...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

Yoga in a Parka

(NATIONAL MALL) -- Empty spaces are getting scarce on the eastern end of the Mall, especially in the swaths grass in front of the Jumbotrons. People are dancing and jogging in place in the pre-dawn chill. One group of friends...

By Washington Post staff | January 20, 2009; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Musical Break Outs

UPDATE: 7:05 a.m. (1525 20th St. NW)-- Revelers crammed their way onto the Metro employing a mix of standard shouts and that familiar campaign slogan. "Double up!" one woman yelled as if it were a normal commute day. That didn't...

By Washington Post staff | January 20, 2009; 6:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Knowing How to Wait

(3rd and D St.) --The District might be clogged with out-of-town visitors, but the natives know how to do the wait right. Richard Coward, 59, a retired District government employee, stretched out in the middle of the street in relaxation,...

By Washington Post staff | January 20, 2009; 6:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crowds Hit the Mall

Thousands of spectators have already packed the mall in front of the Air and Space Museum, throwing down blankets and in some cases jumping right into sleeping bags. -- Steve Hendrix...

By Washington Post staff | January 20, 2009; 5:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Red Line Packed; Checkpoint Crowds Form

Red Line trains already reported packed. At 3:45 a.m., clots of people were forming at checkpoints. Lots groups walking block after block, getting coflicting information from visiting police. "He didn't even know where Capitol Hill is," groused one woman after...

By Washington Post staff | January 20, 2009; 4:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Traffic Alert: Avoid Downtown

Traffic is a mess downtown, including near the Verizon Center, site of tonight's Kid's Inaugural Concert. A Post reporter who came from Capitol Hill to the Washington Post building at 15th and L Streets reports sitting in traffic for 1...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 6:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Here's the Order of the Parade Procession: Army First, NASA Last

The Presidential Inaugural Committee released the order that the parade procession will march down the 1.5-mile path along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House tomorrow. Over 10,000 people from all 50 states will follow Barack Obama and...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 5:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro's Judiciary Square Station: F Street Entrance Closed

Secret Service asked Metro to close one of the Judiciary Square station entrances at 4 p.m. today, three hours earlier than it had previously requested. (Initially, the F Street entrance was scheduled to close at 7 p.m. for an event...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Ticket Price Slash

With so many inaugural balls, this was bound to happen. The People's Inaugural Ball The People’s Inaugural Ball, which is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1000 H Street NW), has slashed ticket prices to $250, a...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suspicious Object at White House Turns Out to be Flying Shoe

Copycat crime? U.S. Park Police investigating reports today of a "suspicious package" near the rear fence of the White House find that the object is a "shoe thrown over the fence." Sound familiar?...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Send Us a Twitter, See It on Television

No one knows what traffic will be like on Inauguration Day -- but the Post will be out in force in the Washington area trying to get as much information out to readers as we can. There are several ways...

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Last Minute Preparations

* There are long lines at the ticket kiosks at Metro's Union Station stop, with people standing 10 deep. The trains are crowded almost as bad as rush hour, reports the Post's Mary Beth Sheridan. * The size of the...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tips on Inauguration Travel and Fashion

Post reporters Eric Weiss and Lena Sun took questions earlier today about the gridlock from Sunday's "We Are One" concert and tomorrow's transportation nightmare. Some excerpts follow: Washington, D.C.: Can you confirm that there will be no street parking from...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pelosi Tours RFK Stadium 'Day of Service' Event

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty opened the gates at RFK Stadium in Southeast Washington this morning to thousands of volunteers who had arrived in force by 11 a.m. to make care packages for U.S. troops as part of the National...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Charter Bus Stuck Under Bridge

Tourists -- sometimes you can't take them anywhere without an embarrassing mishap! A double-decker charter bus from New York that was in D.C. for inauguration weekend got stuck under the CSX rail bridge near the Fort Totten Metro station in...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Answers on Inauguration Access and Banned Items

Post reporter David Nakamura and former Secret Service agent Joseph Funk today hosted online discussions in which they answered readers questions about how to navigate and be comfortable at tomorrow's events. Here are some excerpts: From Post inauguration reporter David...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

National Day of Service: Anacostia (D.C.) High School and River Clean-up

They were beautifying Anacostia Senior High School today in Southeast Washington, and cleaning up the Anacostia River, the city's often-neglected, lesser-known waterway that often gets second-billing to the Potomac. Hundreds of high school students, teachers, college students and other volunteers...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Freebies

Here's a list of free things that you can get tomorrow in celebration of Inauguration Day: For a quick dance move, California Tortilla is offering customers a free taco. Legalforce.com is offering its users free legal advice. Krispy Kreme is...

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Celebrating at The Root Inaugural Ball

Inauguration Watch checked out the inaugural ball scene last night at an event hosted by The Root (the on-line magazine owned by The Washington Post Company) at the National Museum of American History. Biz Markie was the D.J., while Henry...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Long Lines to Pick Up Swearing-in Tickets

People are experiencing long waits to pick up tickets to tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony from congressional offices at the Longworth House Office Building. One man said he had been in line for an hour and was still a half block away....

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Watch the Post's Concert Video and Photos -- And Add Yours

Check out photos and video of the "We Are One" concert from The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com below -- then send your photos to our Inauguration Day and inaugural celebrations photo galleries, or leave a video comment using your Web...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Metro Sets New Sunday Rider Recordship

Metro says yesterday's crowd for the inaugural welcoming ceremony and concert at the Lincoln Memorial set a Sunday ridership record of 616,324 trips, surpassing July 4, 1999 which had 540,945 trips. And the event went relatively smoothly, with no major...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Secret Service Won't Disable Cell Phone Service

You may have heard rumors that the U.S. Secret Service or wireless companies might somehow disable or limit cell phone service on Inauguration Day to preserve bandwidth for emergency government users. Well, yes and no. The Secret Service says that...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

To Honor Obama and King, a Kid-Friendly Service Project

Richelle Fatheree wanted to do something this inauguration week that would capture the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., and salute President-elect Barack Obama’s call to service. She looked around for the right idea -- and then it hit her....

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Snow?

The D.C. Department of Transportation just issued a bulletin saying it has deployed work crews after the National Weather Forecast called for a possibility of up to an inch of snow, beginning around noon today. The agency has sent out...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slew of Online Discussions Today

You can get your questions on a number of inauguration-related topics today answered by experts and Post reporters. At 11 a.m. ET, submit questions or thoughts to washingtonpost.com fashion and beauty editor Janet Bennett Kelly and/or Post transportation reporters Eric...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Latest Coverage from the Post

So how many people showed up to watch yesterday's concert on the Mall? Some are estimating 400,000. And the show is getting good reviews: "Producers had said beforehand they wanted to stage a thematically coherent as well as entertaining show,...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

National Day of Service

Today is the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and it is also the National Day of Service, which marks Barack Obama's bid to inspire a volunteer movement across the country. If you are here in D.C., Mayor Adrian...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Power Outage at Moby's Show

What happens when you pack a club for inauguration week and the power goes out? That philosophical question was answered in the wee hours Monday morning at the 9:30 Club at 815 V. St. NW, when Moby was entertaining a...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 3:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pilot Who Landed Plane on Hudson Will Be at Inauguration

The mayor of Danville, Calif., says town resident US Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his family are going to the presidential inauguration, the Associated Press Reports. Mayor Newell Arnerich said the town is also planning a welcome home...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 8:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Latest Coverage From the Post

The Obamas were treated to the concert of a lifetime. Here is what Obama told the crowd, including "In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 5:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Find Frustration in Inauguration's 'Dry Run'

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Heidi Plott, 46, an IT professional from Alexandria, said she and her friends arrived at about 1:30 p.m. and waited on lines on both sides of the Mall before finally being told that the security checkpoints had...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Video: Post's Nakamura on Concert, Planning

The Washington Post's David Nakamura discusses how concert security and transportation has worked and what plans are for Jan. 20 on the MSNBC set on the National Mall. Play Video VIDEO | Post's Nakamura on Washington's Inauguration Preparations...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Obama Attends D.C. Church

President-elect Barack Obama and his family attended services this morning at one of the oldest historically black churches in Washington, thrilling a congregation that sang, clapped and prayed through a 90-minute celebration of spirit and Scripture. Post reporter Hamil Harris...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Post's Live Coverage

Obama attended church services in D.C. at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church this morning, while crowds have massed on the Mall for the welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Meanwhile, not surprisingly, the concert has caused traffic congestion, Post reporter...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Alert: Bridges Closed For Concert

The Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt bridges are now closed until 5 pm for inauguration activities. Metro trains are already packed in several areas. Keep an eye on the Get There blog for latest reports. Story on getting to the concerts...

By Washington Post staff | January 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jumbotron Count

The Inauguraiton Watch team is out in force today to bring you all the happenings from the concert on the Mall. Reporter Jonathan Mummolo counts at least three Jumbotrons set up to broadcast the show to the crowd, though he...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Public Service Announcement to Air Tuesday on National Mall

A public service announcement calling on citizens to help restore the National Mall will air on Jumbotrons Tuesday before Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, the Presidential Inaugural Commitee said today. The project is co-sponsored by The Trust for the National Mall....

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Scenes from the Mall

The president's parade viewing stand in front of the White House. At left, the traditional "blue line" that shows the parade route. The stage and setup for today's concert at the Lincoln Memorial....

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Water Main Break Forces 90,000 to Boil Water in Prince George's County Through Inauguration Day, National Harbor Affected

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in a wide swath of Prince George's County that includes National Harbor are being told to boil their water through Inauguration Day as officials run tests in the wake of a massive water main...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fallout Boy to Headline Youth Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama's official ball for young people, ages 18-35, will have plenty of top-notch musical talent. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today the Kanye West, Kir Rock and Fallout Boy will headline the Youth Inaugural Ball on Tuesday at the...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clarification: Celebrating a Journey Inaugural Ball to Start at 8 p.m.

Inauguration Watch was contacted by the organizers of the "Celebrating a Journey Inaugural Ball," who said their event was listed with the wrong starting time in a Washington Post weekend section. The correct time is Monday from 8 p.m. to...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Watch Video: Springsteen Warms up the Crowd

He was barely visible on the stage in front of the Lincoln Memorial today, a distant image who was noticeable mostly for the bright red scarf he was wearing. But when he strummed the guitar and led a chorus...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Visitors Land at Area Airports

REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT -- The first big crowd to hit Reagan National Airport showed up just after 1 p.m., when several hundred students from a youth inaugural conference landed at the same time. They packed into the United baggage claim...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Pass-Through' Town Doesn't Pass Up History

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD -- Nobody in this town expected President-elect Obama's whistle-stop train tour to pause here today -- the slowdown was set for Edgewood, 16 miles west along the honky-tonk ribbon of U.S. Route 40 -- and it...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concert Rehearsal on Mall Now

The A-list musical acts that will perform Sunday in Barack Obama's free welcome concert on the Mall, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder, are reportedly rehearsing now at the Lincoln Memorial....

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

15 Hours, 4 Flights Get 107 to D.C.

It took more than 15 hours and four separate flights for all 107 Centerville Junior High School students and chaperones to travel from California's Bay Area to the District last night and today. After school yesterday, the group met at...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

For U.S. Senator, Inaugurations Recall Past, Inspire Future

As an eight-year-old, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) attended the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961 with his father. He has attended every inauguration since. In this washingtonpost.com video by Rebecca Davis, he reminisces about inaugurations past while...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scenes from the Mall: Saturday

There are 7,000 portable toilets on the mall, lined up shoulder to shoulder and snaking around the grounds. The picture above was taken today in front of the National Museum of American History. There are also a lot of...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Share Your Photos!

You can share your photos of Inauguration festivities, starting with today's train trip and straight through the concerts, ceremonies, balls, parties and aftermath. We have two ways you can provide pics: A special gallery of photos from readers is here....

By Washington Post staff | January 17, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugurating a Weekend of Celebrations

Last night was the first night of what for many will be a five-night weekend of celebrations in the D.C. area. So what was going on? Here's a report from The Sleuth: The Sleuth eased into a five-night spree of...

By Washington Post Editors | January 17, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration in Today's Post: Three Days to Go

How do you celebrate an historic milestone during a troubling time in the country's history? That's the challenge for Barack Obama's inauguration planners, reports Alec MacGillis in a front page story. He writes: "The official welcoming event in the District...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Save Darfur Coalition Planning Demonstration

Three hundreds activists from the Save Darfur Coalition will be demonstration outside Metro stations wearing green caps and yellow t-shirts that read: “End the Genocide: www.addyourvoice.org .” They will have signs and petitions calling on President-elect Obama to take action...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Park Service, City to Provide Aid Stations

Keeping warm on lnauguration will be an issue Tuesday. As a safety precaution against frostbite or hypothermia, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have teamed up to station 16 first aid tents along...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Television Pays $5 Million for Broadcast Rights

This just in from the Associated Press (look for much more about this in tomorrow's Post): Television networks paid more than $5 million for exclusive rights to show events surrounding President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, including Sunday's Lincoln Memorial concert and...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (5)

Dallas Pastor to Give Private Service for Obama

African-American megapastor T.D. Jakes will give the sermon at Obama's private worship service the morning of his inauguration, a source said. The Pentacostal minister pastors the 30,000-member Potter's House in Dallas, is a best-selling author, TV personality and movie producer....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 6:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Beyonce to Sing Etta James's 'At Last' for First Dance

This bulletin just in from the Associated Press about Beyonce, who we told you will sing for the Obamas' First Dance at the Neighborhood Ball Tuesday night. Beyonce has revealed the song she plans to serenade the Obamas with in...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nightlife Update: 273 D.C. Bars Register Stay Open All Night

The final list is out and a total of 273 D.C. bars, restaurants and nightclubs have registered with the city to stay open all night and serve alcohol until 4 a.m. from Jan. 17-21. Here's the complete list with addresses....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

National Prayer Service Lineup Announced

The clergy line-up for the National Prayer Service, a worship service held at 8 a.m. at the National Cathedral the day after president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, has been announced. Clergy members representing six different faith traditions in American life will...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Readers Share Survival Tips

Post reporters aren't the only people with experience attending inaugurations. Many longtime Washingtonians and area visitors who have braved the elements and the crowds over the years responded to our call for advice on navigating an inauguration. Here are some...

By Washington Post Editors | January 16, 2009; 4:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ticket Pickup Begins at Convention Center, Then Bogs Down and Is Postponed

The line to pickup tickets at the Convention Center today. The Presidential Inaugural Committee and Ticketmaster began hand-issuing inauguration, parade and ball tickets at the Washington Convention Center, at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, this morning. While Inauguration Watch...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

Official Inaugural Ball Menus: Italian Chicken Roulade; Tortellini with Roasted Organic Tomato Cream Sauce

Greg Sharpe was hired as the executive chef at the Washington Convention Center shortly before George W. Bush's second inauguration. So he's had some practice with this. But Sharpe is under the gun to prepare a meal for 42,000 ball-goers...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Opens White House Wednesday; Sign Up Now!

President-elect Barack Obama is opening the White House doors Wednesday to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Presidential Inaugural Committee sent out an e-mail today saying "If you are among the first to sign up today, you and...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 16, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (10)

42,000 Expected at Convention Center for Official Inaugural Balls

The cavernous Ballroom B, site of the Western Ball. Inauguration Watch was given a behind-the-scenes tour of preparation at the Washington Convention Center, where six official inaugural balls will be held Tuesday night. Officials from the Convention Center Authority said...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Beyonce to Perform Song for Obamas' First Dance

Setup has begun for the Neighborhood Ball in Ballroom D at the Washington Convention Center. Inauguration Watch was told by a solid source today that Barack Obama has selected Beyonce to sing the song for the traditional First Dance, with...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Remember, Get Survival Mobile Alerts

Sign up here for alerts on inauguration day that will help you get around, provide transportation updates and key logistics advice. You can receive them via SMS, Twitter or e-mail, and you can also provide information so that everyone benefits....

By Washington Post staff | January 16, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Answers from Police Chief Lanier

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier was online Friday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the security risks presented by the inauguration, how the city is preparing for the influx of visitors and what you need...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 16, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Saying Bye to Bush?

Post reporters are hearing rumblings that people are planning to gather outside the White House after Barack Obama's inaugural address to wave goodbye to President Bush, as he and wife Laura leave by helicopter after eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Ask Police Chief Lanier

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will be online today at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the security risks presented by the inauguration, how the city is preparing for the influx of visitors and what you need to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 16, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

Inaugural Ball Watch: T.I., Fall Out Boy, Young Jeezy at Mayor Fenty's Inaugural Celebration

What: D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Inaugural Celebration, benefitting D.C. Public Education Fund Who: Fall Out Boy, featuring performance by T.I. and Young Jeezy When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW Tickets: We are hearing it...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Print 'N' Save: Inaugural Media Guide

Follow all the action next week, with bios of the key players, detailed schedules, historical information and more in the official 121-page Inaugural Media Guide produced by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on Inauguration: Logistics Will Be 'Very Difficult'

Barack Obama met with the Washington Post's top editors and reporters yesterday, and he revealed his plans to push for reform of Social Security and Medicaid programs and to hold a fiscal responsibility summit. But, try as they might, the...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration Stories In Today's Washington Post

Lots to read as we get closer to the big day. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Hull checks in with the good folks in Brinkley, Ark., finding plenty who are not caught up in Obama-mania. A "sense of apprehension prevails in...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

San Francisco Choirs to Sing to Song Set to Obama Victory Speech

Aretha Franklin will sing "My Country Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, while the San Francisco Boys and Girls Choirs wiill perform a half dozen numbers, including a new piece set to the words of Obama's victory speech....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Try To See Obama At Union Station

If you were planning to catch a glimpse of President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday evening when he ends his historic train ride from Philadelphia to the District, forget about seeing him at Union Station. “It’s going to be a closed...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 15, 2009; 6:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Extends Tour Bus Registration

Charter buses now have until Saturday to register with the D.C. government for a parking space in the city during Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday. Bus companies can register here....

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 6:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

RFK Stadium Parking for Sunday Concert to Cost $15

The District will allow cars to park at RFK Stadium for $15 Sunday and provide a free shuttle bus to and from the National Mall for Barack Obama's welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Buses...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 6:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor: I May Stop by Neighborhood Ball

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) dropped by the Washington Post newsroom this evening, about two hours after Barack Obama left, to appear on Washington Post Live, a sports-related television show on Comcast. Fenty was asked about his plans for...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 5:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Faces in the Crowd: Caitlin Ross

Six hundred thirty-four days ago, Caitlin Ross first stenciled Barack Obama's name on a poster before a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In five more, she'll stand on the Mall and watch him be sworn in as president. The 21-year-old...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 15, 2009; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Muslim, Jewish Leaders to Appear at Prayer Service

Lots of details still aren't known about the full list of events for Inauguration Week and even the planning around worship services is top secret at this inaugural. But some details are finally coming out about the national prayer service...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

At First Lunch, the Wrong Cake?

The menu planned for President Obama's first lunch as "The Chief" certainly looks sumptuous, as it features: ... a first course of seafood stew (with sauvignon blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards), a second course of pheasant and duck with sour cherry...

By Washington Post Editors | January 15, 2009; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anne Arundel County (Md.) Bars Could Stay Open Extra Hour

An emergency bill is making its way through the Maryland legislature to allows bars in Anne Arundel County to stay open an hour later than usual in the early morning hours after President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday. The legislation was...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Need a Limo Ride? Get a Permit

VIPs stars will jet into Washington and politicians and corporate big-wigs will glide about town for dozens of Inauguration events. That is, if their hired drivers get permission to drive them around. Hundreds of out-of-state limousine drivers are waiting outside...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Help Us Help You Survive Inauguration Day

Area officials expect big crowds and lots of traffic on Inauguration Day. We'd like to make surviving the day as easy as possible, so we're asking for your help. The T-Mobile G1. (AP Photo.) On Jan. 20, we're hoping that...

By Washington Post Editors | January 15, 2009; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

Judge: References to God Okay During Inauguration

A federal judge moments ago cleared the way for government officials and ministers to pray and make references to God during the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton refused to grant an injunction...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (5)

More Federal Buildings Open as 'Rest Stops' on Inauguration Day

Federal officials today announced that several government buildings along the inaugural parade route will remain open to the public on Tuesday, providing warmth and restrooms. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Old Post Office Pavilion (at 12th and Pennsylvania)...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Visits Washington Post

Barack Obama visited the Washington Post to meet the editorial board and national staff, but his tour of the 5th floor newsroom nearly stopped the presses. Staff writers, photographers, editors and employees from other departments lined the hallway after word...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (9)

Talent Lineup Released for Official Balls

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released the lineup of musical acts for Barack Obama's official inaugural balls Jan. 20. Here's the list: President Obama Home States Ball Common Jack Johnson Don Cagen Orchestra Vice President Biden Home States Ball Maroon...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Discussion Excerpts: Logistics, Transportation and More

Several online discussions today tackled the inauguration. Here are some excerpts from them. Martin Bond, spokesman for event planning company Hargrove, Inc., which is managing the parade, the official balls and other events: Arlington, Va.: Which ball are you most...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 15, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Can Use the Virginia Bridges? Here's Who...

Virginia officials added some details to inauguration transportation rules including the definition of what exactly is an “authorized vehicle” that will able to cross the Potomac River Bridges. They include emergency vehicles, taxicabs, for-hire limos and car service, buses (defined...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Georgetown Metro Connection Bus to Operate on Inauguration Day

Though bridges will be closed to private vehicles from Virginia to D.C. on Tuesday, the Georgetown Metro Connection has received approval to keep continue operating across the bridge. The shuttle serves all Metro bus stops in Georgetown and operates express...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather Watch: Wind Wreaks Havoc on Mall Preparations

It's cold in Washington today, temps falling below freezing, and about to get worse, headed into the low 20s tomorrow and Saturday. But it's the wind that's become the issue for construction workers preparing the National Mall for Barack Obama's...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nationals Stadium Parking Garage Open for Inauguration

Planning on bringing your car for Inauguration Week and looking for places to park? Nationals Park, the stadium for the city's professional baseball team, is opening one of its garages for the public at a cost of $20 for the...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Mayor: City Residents to Make Care Packages for Troops

A heated tent will be at RFK Stadium for volunteers Monday. (Photo by Lateef Mangum, courtesy of D.C. Mayor's office.) Braving 31-degree temperatures and stiff winds, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty came to RFK Stadium today to announce a way...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Ball Caps

Maker: New Era Price: "approximately $35" Why: the Barack Obama-Inspired collection features designs and definitions drawn from the phrases that made his campaign one to remember including "Hope", "Dream", "Change" and "Progress." Also included in the line will be...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Chief Gives Advice on Crowds

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier urged people today to regularly check Web sites for the latest news about inaugural events, saying that information could be changing right up until the activities take place. Lanier said officials are doing their...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Upcoming Discussions: Event Planning, Transportation

Two discussions today will answer your inauguration-related questions. Marvin Bond of Hargrove, Inc., the company handling the planning and logistics for the parade and the official balls, will be online at noon ET to take your questions about how the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 15, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Republicans John Warner, Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham to Appear at Bi-Partisan Dinners

Barack Obama will try to begin making good on his pledge to bridge the ideological divide with a series of bi-partisan dinners Monday honoring Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Colin Powell and former rival John McCain. Today, Obama announced that a...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Neighborhood Ball Likely Sold Out

We're hearing reports that tickets to the Neighborhood Ball, featuring a bevy of big-name musical stars, quietly went on sale this afternoon to the general public for $25 apiece--with a maximum purchase of four tickets. But they appear to already...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 6:53 PM ET | Comments (104)

Want to See a Protest?

Some will celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration. Others will use the occasion as a chance to protest various causes. If you're interested in where the protesters plan to rally Tuesday, here's a list compiled by Post reporter Lori Aratani: National Japanese...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Announces Whistle Stop Tour Sites, Access

On Saturday, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and their families will depart a train station in Philadelphia for a whistle stop tour that will bring them through Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Today, the Presidential...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama on the (Really) Big Screen

In case the 21 Jumbotrons on the National Mall won't be enough for you to watch Barack Obama's inauguration, here's a chance to see him in another larger than life setting: The Navy Memorial’s Naval Heritage Center, at 701 Pennsylvania...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Holocaust Museum Closed on Tuesday

The Holocaust Museum will be closed on Inauguration Day, officials said, due to security plans that will make it difficult for patrons to reach the building. The museum will reopen on January 21 with normal hours of 10 a.m. to...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 5:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotel Rooms Still Available

If you thought Washington's hotels were booked up for the Obama-thon, think again. The District's official tourism office, Destination DC, reports that there are 15,000 rooms available in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District. A total of 800 rooms remain...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (20)

HBO Will Broadcast Concert Live, Free, Online

HBO announced today that they will broadcast Sunday's We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration live beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET, rather than only tape-delayed at 7 p.m., as previously announced. The tape-delayed broadcast still will be shown, and a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 14, 2009; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Watch on NPR

Inauguration Watch blogger David Nakamura was on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation yesterday to discuss inaugural planning. You can listen by going to this page and clicking the "listen now" link....

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee Gives 1,000 Free Tickets to Local Groups for Neighborhood Ball, Kids' Concert

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is distributing the first tickets for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball Jan. 20 at the Washington Convention Center. That event will feature performances by Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Free Phone Application for BlackBerrys, iPhones to Help Navigate Washington

Coming to Washington from out of town and worried you won't have enough real-time information to make your way around town? Two local companies--Qorvis and Patton Boggs--have developed a cell phone software application to help you. The software is designed...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial, Roosevelt Bridges To Be Closed Sunday

Memorial Bridge will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles Sunday afternoon when President-elect Barack Obama officially opens inaugural festivities at the Lincoln Memorial with a 2:30 p.m. concert that will feature Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and several other celebrities, according to...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dramatic Constitution Reading at Newseum Sunday

A mix of politicians, writers, historians and celebrities will participate in a dramatic reading of the U.S. Constitution at the Newseum at noon Sunday. The event, sponsored by People For the American Way Foundation, will be held in a television...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

Senate Passes Anti-Ticket Scalping Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bid to ban the sale of inauguration tickets moved a large step closer to becoming law when the Senate approved the legislation last night. The bill still needs House approval before the law would go into effect,...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Del. Norton Distributes 600 "Surprise" Inaugural Tickets

Last week, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the District's closest thing to a real, live voting member in Congress (Norton can participate in subcommittees, but she cannot vote on the House floor), held a lottery to give out 198 tickets...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (9)

Tickets Hard to Come By for Kids' Concert

Looking to see Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, et al at the Verizon Center Monday? Won't be easy to get one of the 20,000-or-so seats, reports the Post's Richard Leiby. The inaugural committee is handling ticket distribution, and "they have told...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (4)

Stan Lee Explains Why Obama is in Spider-Man

We told you last week that Barack Obama will make his debut in Spider-Man. So how why did creator Stan Lee decide to bring the President-elect into Spidey's world? The Post's Michael Cavna asked him that very question in an...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: 'This Inauguration is Not About Me. It's About All of Us.'

How bad could the crowds and long lines be Tuesday? So bad that the President-elect felt the need to issue a statement talking about way to participate without attending his inauguration. In a video posted on youtube, Obama also...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Welcome Concert Begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Doors Open at 8 a.m.

Barack Obama's free concert at the Lincoln Memorial will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and people will be allowed to begin gathering at 8 a.m. that morning, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today. The event features a wide array of...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

Washington Post to Print 1.72 Million Copies for Street Sales

Barack Obama's election has been a boon to many a business, including newspapers such as this one. Now comes word from the Poynter Institute that the Post will print 1.72 million copies of special inauguration-related editions on Tuesday and Wednesday...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Upcoming Discussion: The Root on Day of Service

Natalie Hopkinson, associate editor of The Root, and Steve Coleman, founder of Washington Parks and People, will be online Wednesday, January 14 at 12 noon ET to discuss plans for a day of service Monday, January 19 in Northeast Washington's...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 13, 2009; 7:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

Around the Web

Not only may the inauguration clog up local roads and highways, it will also be crowding the airwaves. HBO will air the opening ceremony, which will include Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and other acts. Beyonce, true to her promise, also will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 13, 2009; 7:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

National Gallery to Be Completely Closed

Looks like the security restrictions have proved too difficult to navigate for the National Gallery of Art, which had planned to keep some wings open to the public Tuesday. Today, a gallery spokeswoman announced the entire museum will be closed...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 7:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginians: How Will You Get in?

Catamaran? Parasail? Trebuchet? With all the bridges closed down and the Metro likely packed to the roof, Post reporter Brigid Schulte is looking for creative methods Northern Virginians are planning to use to get to the Mall on inauguration day....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 13, 2009; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Faces in the Crowd: David Rupert

David Ruppert grew up in Detroit, where cars and politics were family staples. His father was a Chrysler lineman and active in the United Auto Workers union. Ruppert remembers riding through city streets in his father's Chrysler New Yorker and...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 13, 2009; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Announces Some Stations Will Be Entrance or Exit Only

Several Metrorail stations will have entrances that are restricted to exit-only or entry-only access on Inauguration Day to move as many people as possible into and out of the train system, officials said. For a complete listing of stations designated...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

George Mason University Cancels Classes Tuesday

George Mason University officials announced today that all classes will be canceled at its Northern Virginia campuses on inauguration day Tuesday because of transportation concerns. Classes will be held on May 5th in order to complete the academic calendar; and...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

After-Party Watch: Welcome to 1600 Hosted by Spike Lee

Who: Hosted by Spike Lee, presented by Mike Muse, Unik, and Pantera Sarah; featuring will.i.am as special guest DJ; with sounds by Music Maestros: DJ M.O.S and DJ mOma Where: Josephine's, 1008 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC When: Tuesday, Jan....

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 6:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Column: The Million Things We Don't Know March

Post columnist Marc Fisher exposes in an online essaay the Big Lie about the planning for the inauguration: That despite the projections and estimates, no one knows what to expect for the big day. Fisher writes: Ten thousand buses. Or...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Montgomery County (Md.) Releases Transportation Information

Planning to make your way from Montgomery County into the District for Tuesday's inaugural festivities? Montgomery government officials today put out some tips on parking, bus schedules and Metro access with a new Web site that will be updated with...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting Rights Group: Use 'Taxation' Plates in Parade

Today, the voting rights group DC Vote distributed an "Open Letter to President Obama," which included the following inauguration-related requests: Change the license plates on the presidential motorcade. President Bill Clinton added the DC license plates, which bear the revolutionary...

By Washington Post Editors | January 13, 2009; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Extends Service on Inaugural Eve Until 2 a.m.

Metro announced today that it will stay open two hours later Monday night to meet demand, running service until 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (The normal closing time would have been midnight.) Trains will run during inaugural week on the...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Morning Prayer Service to Take Place at St. John's

U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush leave St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Luis Leon on inauguration day in 2005 (Reuters/Rick Wilking). President-elect Barack Obama will attend a private prayer service the morning of his inauguration...

By Washington Post Editors | January 13, 2009; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Declares State of Emergency for Inauguration

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for the District during the Inauguration Jan. 17-21, Press Secretary Dana Perino said. The move will allow the federal government to provide funding to District government agencies, which have been swamped with...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Weather Watch: "Chance of Snow" On Inauguration Day

The National Weather Service, in its first detailed weather prediction for inauguration day Jan. 20, is forecasting a cloudy, overcast day with “a chance of snow." ACCUweather had been hinting at snow, but said Tuesday that it was too far...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tickets to Obama's Official Regional Inaugural Balls Available for $150

We've heard reports that people are buying tickets to Barack Obama's seven official regional inaugural balls for the face value of $150 apiece. Last week, we reported that the Presidential Inaugural Committee was selling tickets to the seven balls for...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (54)

Musical Talent Announced for Neighborhood, Kids' Inaugural Balls

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced the musical lineups for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20 at the Washington Convention Center and the Kids Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19 at the Verizon Center: Musical performers scheduled for the Neighborhood...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

No Jumbotrons on Parade Route

Contrary to information provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty this morning, official sources tell us the Presidential Inaugural Committee has decided not to place Jumbotrons along the parade route on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The idea to wheel several of...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Sign Up for Inauguration Survival Alerts

Going to the inauguration? Or will you be trying to navigate your way around the masses on Jan. 20? washingtonpost.com is offering special mobile alerts to help you navigate your way. We'll use the power of combined information from our...

By Washington Post staff | January 13, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: HBCU Gala

What: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Gala Who: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education When: Jan. 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: National Postal...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Crayon Sculpture on Display Saturday

Obama sculpture image courtesy of Herb Williams It sounds like an elementary school art project gone haywire, but the sculpture of Barack Obama made entirely with Crayola crayons by artist Herb Williams is high concept art. Or so thinks...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Map of Jumbotron Locations

We told you an hour ago about the locations for more than 20 Jumbotrons that will be broadcasting the inauguration and parade on the Mall and along the parade route. Click the image at right for a view of the...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Charter Bus Watch: 3,000 Registered So Far

As officials try to predict how big the crowd will be at the inauguration, one obvious place to look has been at the number of charter buses. At one point several weeks ago, officials and media accounts placed the number...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jumbotron Locations Revealed on Mall

City and federal officials today announced the location for the more than 20 Jumbotrons that will be set up on the Mall for people to watch Barack Obama's swearing-in Jan. 20. With large crowds expected, officials said some people might...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (11)

2,000 Bike Valet Spots Available on Mall

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association announced that its free valet service will be able to park 2,000 bicycles near the National Mall on inauguration day. There will be two bike lots, one on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Metro's Obama SmarTrip Cards Available at CVS Pharmacies

Metro has made its commemorative SmarTrip cards with Barack Obama's image available at CVS Pharmacies throughout the Washington region. They cost $10 for the card without any fare balance, and can be used before and after Jan 20. Previously,...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Capacity Crowd Will Close Checkpoints

Security officials will count the number of spectators arriving for the inaugural parade, and when the crowd reaches capacity, they will turn people away, reports the Post's Lena H. Sun. Officials warned that could happen well before the parade begins...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Gay Bishop to Deliver Prayer at Inaugural Concert

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose ordination helped touch off a worldwide struggle within the Anglican church over homosexuality and Scripture, will deliver the invocation Sunday at a concert to kick off...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virginia Offers Free Bus Service

Virginia transit officials announced they will be providing free bus service to Metrorail stations, Potomac River bridges and pay for four Metrobus lines that will go into the District. Bridges from Virginia into the District will be closed to regular...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Medical History Card for Inaugural Visitors

The crowds will be big and, despite the best efforts of city and federal officials, there could be chaos around the inauguraion. To prepare for the worst-case-scenario --out-of-town visitors coming to Washington without their medical histories handy -- Suburban Hospital...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

District to Paint "Blue Line" For Parade Tonight

The traditional blue strip that is used to guide participants along the inaugural parade route will be painted tonight by the D.C. Department of Transportation. The line will run from the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and 3rd Street NW to...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memo to Senate Staff: Don't "Cash In" on Tickets

With the competition increasing by the hour for tickets to all things inaugural, a memo was sent out to Senate staffers warning them not to sell the tickets they receive. (Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has offered legislation to make the...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama's Sunday Inauguration Concert to Begin at 2 p.m.

We told you earlier about the musicians who will headline Barack Obama's welcome concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. Now we're hearing the concert will begin at 2 p.m. It will be broadcast on HBO on tape delay from...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

Michelle Obama Talks About National Day of Service

We told you earlier today about the video Barack Obama put out encouraging people to get involved with the National Day of Service on Monday. Now First Lady-to-be Michelle Obama adds her own video call to service:...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Celeb Ogling for the D.C. Novice

The Going Out Gurus' Fritz Hahn provides a rundown of what likely will be the most star-infested hot spots during the inauguration rush. Cafe Milano "D.C.'s culinary equivalent of a red carpet," according to the Post's Reliable Source column, is...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 4:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where You Can Eat Jan. 20, Drink Until Late

Washingtonpost.com's Going Out Gurus today posted their latest list of which restaurants will be open for breakfast and/or lunch on inauguration day. The Gurus' Julia Beizer also chats up some downtown restaurateurs about their plans. "We're going crazy," said Spike...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Muhammad Ali to Appear at Kentucky's Bluegrass Ball

Organizers of the Bluegrass Ball on Monday at the Marriott Wardman Hotel 2660 Woodley Road, N.W., said today that Muhammad Ali will apear at their event in celebration of his 67th birthday. The ball is being staged by the Kentucky...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: Bruce Springsteen to Headline Obama's Sunday Concert

As The Post's Lena H. Sun first reported last week, Bruce Springsteen will be among the headliners at Obama's welcome concert on the National Mall on Sunday. The event will be from 7 p.m to 9 p.m near the Lincoln...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (17)

More Metro Station Closings For Inauguration

Metro riders please take note. Two more rail stations will be closed for much of the day on Inauguration Day. The Judiciary Square Metrorail station on the Red Line and the Mt.Vernon Sq/7th St Convention Center Metrorail station on the...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 12, 2009; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Metro Doubling Bus Passenger Service for Airports

Metro is doubling the number of passengers it can carry on its buses that serve the Washington region’s major international airports for Inauguration Weekend, the agency announced. Metro will run additional buses from Friday, Jan. 16, through Wednesday, Jan. 21,...

By Marcia Davis | January 12, 2009; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reporters Discuss Getting From Swearing-in to Parade, More

Post Inauguration Watch bloggers David Nakamura and Nikita R. Stewart were online Monday, Jan. 12 at noon ET to discuss all the events, hype and hoopla surrounding the swearing-in of Barack Obama and how the city is preparing for Jan....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: The All Pro & All Stars Inaugural Celebration

Who: Redskins running back Clinton Portis, Wizards forward Antwan Jamison When: Jan. 17, 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Where: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Tickets: $100; $200 for VIP; order tickets here. Why You Want to Attend:...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Del. Norton Picks D.C. Inaugural Ticket Winners

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) today selected through a lottery the 100 District residents who will receive tickets to the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama Jan. 20. The names were drawn by Maj. Millard Pooran, M.D., of the Air National...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Renegade' Advice for Obama

In his early 1980s dancefloor hit "Renegades of Funk," hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa said men such as Chief Sitting Bull and Martin Luther King, Jr., were renegades -- or, as he put it, “people with their own philosophy; they change...

By Washington Post Editors | January 12, 2009; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Lesson Plans Available for Teachers

Are you a teacher and want to take advantage of the inauguration to help inform students of history? Then check out the lesson plans developed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers. The lessons...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faces in the Crowd: Gulshan Gachoke

When a Barack Obama campaign volunteer offered to help Gulshan Gachoke attend the Sikh Inaugural Ball in Washington, her response was: What is an inaugural ball? Although it has been more than 30 years since Gachoke and her husband left...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spike Lee to Host Symposium at Howard University

Spike Lee will appear at a day-long symposium at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium on Jan. 19 to discuss topics including education, the economy and the impact of Barack Obama on Black America, according to the Hilltop, Howard's student newspaper. Moderators...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Metro: Access Tough for Those With Disabilities, Seniors on Inauguration Day

People with disabilities and senior citizens might find riding Metro difficult on Inauguration Day because of the large crowds, Metro officials said today. Boarding crowded trains could prove challenging and many escalators will be turned off that day to help...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Launches Public Service Announcement

Barack Obama is trying to translate the excitement surrounding his historic election and pending inauguration to rally volunteers to public serivce. Monday will be a National Day of Service, Obama's attempt to redefine the meaning of Martin Luther King...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have a Question About the Inauguration? Ask Us on Our Online Chat

Inauguration Watch bloggers David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart will be online today at noon to answer your questions about the inauguration. Ask a question here and read the chat here....

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spider-Man Comic Book Creating All the Buzz

It's Inauguration Day, and mass bridge closures on the D.C.-Virginia border have not stopped the likes of the Chameleon from infiltrating the president-elect's swearing-in ceremony. In fact, the villainous shape shifter has not only braved the colossal crowds to get...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 11, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Watkins Selected for Prayer Service

The Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been selected to give the sermon at the National Prayer Service Jan. 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said today. She will be the first woman to lead the...

By David A Nakamura | January 11, 2009; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather Watch: First Look at Jan. 20 Forecast: 38 Degrees, Sunny

weather.com has its 10-day forecast available for the Washington area and shows, at this point at least, that Inauguration Day will be cold but sunny, with little chance of rain or snow. The service predicts a sunny day with a...

By David A Nakamura | January 11, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Committee Issues 5 Color-Coded Sample Tickets, Capitol Map, Instructions

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies today issued instructions for how the 240,000 ticket holders for Barack Obama's swearing-in should access the Capitol grounds for the ceremony Jan. 20. The tickets will come in one of five different colors...

By David A Nakamura | January 11, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (7)

Big Rehearsal of Swearing-In, Parade

Officials are staging a large-scale rehearsal of the upcoming presidential inauguration and parade this morning -- and even practiced the swearing-in at the Capitol with a stand-in for Barack Obama. The activities began before dawn, with thousands of people gathering...

By Washington Post staff | January 11, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Host McCain Dinner

Barack Obama talks a lot about changing politics as usual and crossing the ideological divide. He'll make good on that promise the day before he is sworn-in -- at least for dinner. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that Obama...

By David A Nakamura | January 10, 2009; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (4)

District to Test Alert System Jan. 11

The District government will test its new mass notification system near the National Mall between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, including four generic test voice messags and one tonal test, the city's homeland security and emergency management...

By David A Nakamura | January 10, 2009; 3:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bridge Rules Eased for Non-Driving Virginians

Security and transportation officials today eased rules on pedestrians walking over bridges from Virginia on Inauguration Day. The Virginia State Police announced the “clarifications and additions” to the original plan this afternoon. Pedestrians will now be able to use all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Swearing-in Rehearsal Slated for Early Sunday

Post reporter Michael Ruane, who in November wrote about past swearing-in rehearsals provides more details about Sunday's faux ceremonies in Saturday's edition: The weather is expected to be fittingly cold for tomorrow's full-scale inauguration rehearsal. There will be much of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 7:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Secretary of State Powell Announces Call to Service

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell held a press conference today to announce "Renew America Together," a service initiative that will take place Jan. 19 to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Two activists with Year Up Washington D.C.,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Alexandria Offers Water Taxi Service on Inauguration Day

Yeah, yeah, the bridges from Virginia to the District will be closed to drivers from the Commonwealth on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. But the water is open. How about a water taxi? The U.S. Coast Guard approved such that very...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 6:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Entertainment Roundup

The Lou Gossett Jr.-Purple Ball falling-out that Inauguration Watch reported this morning appears to have been short-lived, The Reliable Source says: By mid-afternoon, a rep for party organizer Asal Masomi was insisting that Gossett back on board. "All disagreements ......

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

InauguralFest to Feature Air Force One Replica Plane, Exhibits

(Photo courtesy of Jim Warlick.) This weekend, a plane will touch down in the center of Washington. Actually, it will be half a plane, a Boeing 727 replica of Air Force One that will be the highlight of InauguralFest, a...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Releases Parody to Help With Safety

Metro expects record ridership on Inauguration Day Jan. 20. It will be running rush hour service from 4 a.m. through 9 p.m, then regular hours all the way till 2 a.m. Jan. 21 after the inaugural balls. The transit authority...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pop Quiz: Inauguration Math

Michael Alison Chandler's x = why? blog offers up these inauguration-themed brain-teasers, which should be good for killing part of a slow Friday afternoon: 1. As mentioned above, when January 20th falls on a Sunday the public ceremony is moved...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Parade Tickets Sell Out in Minutes

5,000 tickets for the bleacher seats for the inaugural parade went onsale at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today and, according to reports, sold out within minutes. Or less than a minute. Here are some of the comments on our...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (37)

Officials: Swearing-in Tickets to Congressional Offices on Monday

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will distribute the tickets for Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony to congressional offices at noon Monday. The tickets will then be available for pickup from the various offices sometime next week, though the announcement...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

How Businesses Should Prepare for Inauguration

The Small Business Blog, via the Greater Washington Board of Trade, provides suggestions for downtown businesses caught in the eye of the Jan. 20 storm on how to keep operations as smooth as possible: Create an internal task force to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official "Be the Change" Inaugural Poster Unveiled

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has unveiled the official inaugural poster, designed by street artist Shepard Fairey, whose Obama image during the election became an iconic symbol. The 24" x 36" print costs $100, with 1,000 signed by the artist going...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama's 'First Lunch'

Today the inaugural organizers announced details of one of what will be one of President Obama's first "official" duties after taking the oath of office: lunch. In a long-standing tradition, Obama, Vice President Biden and about 200 others will gather...

By Washington Post Editors | January 9, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tips for Renting Out Your Property for Inaugural Week

We reported in today's Post about the sluggish inaugural housing market. But for those who do score last-minute deals to rent out their properties, the National Apartment Association in Arlington, Va., has issued a number of tips for homeowners to...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Catfight: Lou Gossett Jr. Pulls Out of Purple Ball

Actor Lou Gossett Jr. and his Eracism Foundation were one of the first groups to announce plans for an inaugural ball, the Purple Ball we told you about back in November. But what a difference two months makes. Now Gossett...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Obama Anthem

TV writer and producer John Donley is hoping the Presidential Inaugural Committee will take a listen to a song he co-wrote for the inauguration. "This song just popped into my mind," said Donley. "The whole idea was to embody the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Get Your Official Inaugural Ball Ticket Here (And Parade Tickets, Too)

We've been following the saga of how to order tickets to official Barack Obama inaugural balls, and now comes word that they are available on the Presidential Inaugural Committee Web site for a minimum donation of $500. The tickets are...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (22)

Faces in the Crowd: "Granny Gobama"

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Lois Jeavons. (Family Photo.) Name: Lois Jeavons, or "Granny Gobama" Age: 85 Residence: Ventura, Calif. Profession: Retired Getting to Washington: Jeavons is scheduled to fly to...

By Washington Post Editors | January 9, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Housing Market Goes Bust

In today's Post, we bring you the latest on the inaugural rental housing market, which isn't what many expected it to be. Seems like the initial demand from out-of-towners to rent apartments, condos and houses led Washington-area homeowners to flood...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: African American Church Inaugural Ball

When: Jan. 18 Where: Grand Hyatt Washington; 1000 H Street Northwest Washington, DC Tickets: $500 VIP tickets ($250 tickets are sold out); see Web site for details; proceeds benefit The Balm in Gilead, which provides health education and services through...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

More than 200 Bars Register To Stay Open All Night

Ready to party 'til you drop for the inaugural? You're in luck. A total of 213 bars, restaurants and nightclubs formally registered with the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration by yesterday's deadline to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. and, possibly,...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Survive Hurricane Obama: Lie Under a Table!

The crowds will be large, historic, overwhelming--whether it's 4 million who descend on Washington for the inaugural, as Mayor Adrian Fenty first predicted, or a mere 1 million as some are now saying, the event promises to be one of...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

'Sleuthing' Oprah's Party Plans

What will media megastar Oprah Winfrey be doing after Obama's inauguration? According to a report from Mary Ann Akers at The Sleuth: She's widely expected to attend The Root Inaugural Ball, being co-hosted by her dear friend, Henry Louis "Skip"...

By Washington Post Editors | January 8, 2009; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Watching Inaugural At a Special Gathering? Tell Us Your Story

Are you a Washington-area resident who does not want to venture to the Mall to watch Barack Obama's swearing-in -- but still plan to watch it on television at a special gathering, party or venue? The Washington Post wants to...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Celebrating a Journey Gala

Who: The gala’s "Mistress of Ceremony" will be the actress, director and producer Mary Major. When: Jan. 19th Where: DC Galleria, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets: $200 (general admission), $300 (VIP reception0, $500 (meet host Idris Elba, open...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Why Such a Chilly Date?

Robert Henson of the Capitol Weather Gang explains today how it came to be that the U.S. president takes the oath of office in an often-cold Jan. 20 ceremony: Most of our nation's presidents have taken the oath of office...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 8, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: Want an Inaugural Ticket? Donate Now!

Barack Obama famously used the internet to raise money for his campaign and he's been keeping up the tally for his inauguration, already raising more than $27 million. Today comes another email message asking for donations of at least $5...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Amtrak Still Has Open Seats on Inauguration Day

Live along the Northeast corridor and still looking for a way into Washington on Inauguration Day? Amtrak said today that it has a limited number of seats available during peak periods Jan. 20. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Local Inaugural Celebrations Will Also Be Fundraisers

Washingtonpost.com's D.C. Wire and Maryland Moment blogs posted some new information about chances for residents of the two jurisdictions to celebrate Obama's election. For Marylanders, the official party is sold out, but a fundraiser this Friday offers an alternative. The...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 8, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Police, National Guard to Step Up Inauguration Security Detail

D.C. residents will start noticing a stepped-up police presence for inaugural events on Jan. 16, when the city’s cops will go to 12-hour shifts, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. She added that more than 10,000 National Guard members will...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Sign Up For Service

President-elect Barack Obama is asking everyone to give back to their communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Day of Service. On the eve of his inauguration, Obama, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and others will participate in service...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 8, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Answers: Biking Across the Potomac

Have a question about the inauguration that you want answered? E-mail it to us and we'll do our best to answer it in this space. Here's one to get started. A reader asks: Will bicycles be allowed across the Potomac...

By Washington Post Editors | January 8, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball and Event Cheat Sheet?

There have been so many announcements of inaugural balls, parties and events that it's difficult to keep track of everything that's going on. That hasn't stopped some from trying. Qorvis Communications, a D.C.-based corporate communications firm, has compiled a "working...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Student Conference Video Winners

We told you in November about the 15,300 students, ranging in age from 5th grade through college, who are scheduled to attend the 7th Congressional Youth Leadership Council Jan. 17-21 in Washington, which is designed to coincide with the inauguration....

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Post Commemorative Editions Available for Pre-Order

Some readers had asked about ordering The Post's inauguration editions ahead of time; that option is now available at www.washingtonpost.com/store. Readers can order either the Jan. 20 special edition, which will come out in the late afternoon that day, or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 7, 2009; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Day Bike Valet Locations Announced

Those looking to bike to the inaugural can park their two-wheelers at two valet stations -- one on the south side of the Jefferson Memorial and the other on 16th Street NW between I Street and K Streets NW, the...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

PIC Spokesman: Inaugural Ball/Parade Ticketing Not Complete

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee confirmed an Inauguration Watch report that some supporters of Barack Obama have been offered tickets to the inaugural balls, parade and swearing-in ceremony. But spokesman Kevin Griffis stressed that the ticketing has not...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Street Closings Announced by Secret Service

The Secret Service has released the full list of street and bridge closings for Inauguration Day Jan 20. Here is the full list to help you plan your day. We know you can't really see the map above, so click...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Inaugural Security Briefing for Residents

The Washington Convention Center Authority recently issued this announcement for a meeting to inform District residents about road closings and security checkpoints near the convention center: “U.S. Secret Service & MPD Inaugural Briefing” Thursday January 8, 2009 6:30 pm ~~~...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 3:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Potomac River Bridges Expected to Be Closed to Personal Vehicles

The U.S. Secret Service is expected to announce this afternoon that all Potomac bridge crossings from Virginia into the District will be closed to personal vehicles on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, report Post staff writers Eric M. Weiss and Lena...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jay-Z Tix at Warner Theatre = Expensive

Inauguration Watch posted the notice yesterday that Jay-Z will be performing at Warner Theatre Jan. 19. But we didn't have information about ticket prices. Now we do, according to some sources who tried to get tickets. They're going for $375...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Latino Inaugural Gala

Who: Sponsored by national Latino organizations including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), the Democratic National Committee Hispanic Caucus, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Association of Latino Elected and...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Excerpts: Live Discussion With Post Inauguration Reporters

Post reporters David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart were online earlier today to discuss inauguration planning and take questions from readers. Here are some of their answers. NW Washington: Have you heard what time the Lincoln Memorial concert is scheduled for...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 7, 2009; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Online Chat Rescheduled for Noon

Due to technical diffficulties, Inauguration Watch bloggers David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart have rescheduled their online chat at washingtonpost.com for noon today. If you have already submitted an email question, we will be able to read them so you do...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Are Inaugural Ball/Parade Tickets Available -- For the Lucky Few?

Everyone's been waiting for the word on how to buy tickets to the official inaugural balls and the parade--but so far the Presidential Inaugural Committee has not issued any instructions on when they'll be available and how to buy them....

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (16)

Get Answers for Your Inauguration Questions

Washington Post Inauguration Watch bloggers David Nakamura and Nikita R. Stewart will be on washingtonpost.com today at 11 a.m. ET to discuss all the events, hype and hoopla surrounding the swearing-in of Barack Obama and how the city is preparing...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 7, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

18 Ordinary Citizens to Join Obama, Biden on Train Trip

When President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden travel to Washington by train from Wilmington, through Baltimore, 18 ordinary Americans will be with them, courtesy of an invitation from the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The group includes a workers' rights...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Springsteen to Perform at Inaugural Welcome Event

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has been mum, but sources tell the Post's Lena Sun that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Barack Obama's inauguration week welcome event Jan. 18 on the National Mall. The event will be on the steps of...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 6:02 PM ET | Comments (19)

Report: Obama to Use GM Limo

General Motors might be on hard times these days, but Barack Obama apparently plans to ride in a GM-build limosine for the inaugural parade, the Detroit News reports. According to the article, the limo, which will replace a 2006 model...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro to Provide 60,000 Parking Spaces at Stations

Metro will provide 60,000 parking spaces at its train stations on inauguration day Jan. 20, far more than the initial figure the transit authority had expected. The extra space became available because the agency, which had planned to provide parking...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Raises $27 Million for Inaugural

The Associated Press reports today that the candidate who dynamited fundraising records during the election is still going strong as president elect: The inaugural committee has raised at least $27 million, donor information on its Web site Tuesday showed. Most...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 6, 2009; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Roadtrip Web Site Hacked

An independent Web site devoted to organizing large roadtrips to Barack Obama's inauguration was hacked last night by pranksters who sent out a profane e-mail announcing the trip was canceled, site organizers said. The site, obamainauguration2009.com, has been taken off...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Picks First Inaugural Guest

Cynthia Russell, a builder from Newberry, Florida, has been selected as the first of 10 winners of an essay contest held by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. She and a guest will be invited to the welcome ceremony, Barack's swearing-in, the...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Inaugural Ball Watch: African Diaspora Inaugural Ball

Who: African Diaspora for Change, in partnership with Africa Aspire and The National Peace Corps Association. When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. until midnight Where: Harman Center for the Arts, 6th and F Streets NW Tickets: ranging from $150 to $500,...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jay-Z to Perform at Warner Theatre

More celebrity performance confirmations for inauguration week: rapper Jay-Z will perform at Warner Theatre on Jan. 19. No word on ticket prices, but they can be purchased at Warner Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at LiveNation.com or charge-by-phone...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Will Attend D.C., Regional, Youth Balls

UPDATE: Phone number for ticket information added below. The presidential inaugural committee today announced the full slate of official inaugural balls -- all of which the new president will attend-- and there's one in there for every American. The slate...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 6, 2009; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (18)

Atheists Granted Hearing on Inauguration Prayer

Michael Newdow, a Sacramento man known for trying to get "under God" removed from recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, has been granted a hearing on his motion for a preliminary injunction to stop President-elect Barack Obama from saying "so...

By Nikita R Stewart | January 5, 2009; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Inauguration Day Forecasting Faceoff

The Capital Weather Gang is doing meteorological combat this month to predict exactly how miserable inauguration-goers will be outside on Jan. 20, and you're invited to join the melee. While predicting the weather out past a week is dicey at...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 5, 2009; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official Obama Inaugural Store Open Online

A piggy bank ($10). A tote bag ($30). Cufflinks and a tie bar ($50). The official Barack Obama inauguration collectibles store has launched online at the Presidential Inaugural Committee's Web site. In case there was any doubt, a note on...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: D.C. Presidential Inaugural Gala

Who: District of Columbia Presidential Inaugural Committee When: Jan. 19, 8 p.m. until midnight Where: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE Tickets: $244.51 call 202-363-9164 for more information...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feinstein to Try Again on Inaugural Ticket Resale Ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will reintroduce her legislation tomorrow that seeks to ban the resale of inauguration tickets to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Feinstein, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, had announced in November that she...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama to Host Neighborhood Inaugural Ball

President-elect Barack Obama's planning committee announced today that he will hold a Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Jan. 20, with tickets either free or at a low price. This will be one of the 10...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (6)

Inauguration News Roundup: Wireless Capacity, Security, Boring Inaugural Balls

We're just about two weeks out from the big day, the holidays are over and President-elect Barack Obama has arrived in Washington. Expect a lot of inauguration-related news daily and check back here at Inauguration Watch frequently as the clock...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Students Can Win Top Parade Seating With Essay Contest

District middle and high school students can write their way into a front row seat to the inaugural parade of President-elect Barack Obama. More than 100 students will be selected to sit in a viewing stand in front of the...

By Marcia Davis | January 3, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Scalpers Making Killing on Ball Tickets

While Congress has had some success on getting online ticket brokers to delist swearing-in tickets (although they weren't able to make selling the tickets a crime), a lucrative market remains for tickets to inaugural balls -- including at least one...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 2, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

 
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