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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)

 
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