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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)

 
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