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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)

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; 05:29 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; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

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; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

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; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

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)

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; 08:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

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; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (83)

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; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

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; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (12)

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; 04:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

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; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (258)

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; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:04 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; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

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)

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; 03:59 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; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 02:39 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; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

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; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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; 08:00 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)

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; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

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)

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)

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; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

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)

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; 06:30 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; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

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)

Region's Leaders Request $75 Million for Inauguration

Mary Beth Sheridan writes that Mayor Adrian Fenty and governors Martin O'Malley and Tim Kaine have asked the federal government for $75 million to defray costs that will be incurred because of the inauguration. Federal officials said they expect 150,000...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Committee: Swearing-in Ceremony Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 will begin at 11:30 a.m., with security checkpoints opening at 8 a.m. for the 240,000 ticket holders, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today. The committee recommended that ticket-holders arrive no later...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cell Companies Prepare, Provide Tips for Inauguration Day

What happens when several hundred thousand people in one location simultaneously lift their cell phones and try to send video and photos to their friends? Past experiences with large crowds have turned out reasonably well, The Post's Cecilia Kang reports,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Crowd Estimate Cut in Half

Officials now say the number of people expected to gather for Barack Obama's inauguration is more likely to be around 2 million than the initial figure of 4 million provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), according to a...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Giant Map Is Unveiled to Explain Giant Plan

How do you plan for an event that some are calling the largest in U.S. history? You get a map that's almost as big as the city itself. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But at a morning news conference, the Armed...

By Mike McPhate | December 18, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

Del. Norton: D.C. Needs $30 Million to Cover Inauguration Costs

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is asking Congress to cough up more cash to help the District pay for inauguration planning and security costs. The District has received $15 million already from the federal government, but Norton says the...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Portable Toilet Count Tip Off Inaugural Crowd Projection?

No one seems to know how many people will show up for the inauguration. Federal officials appear to believe that the event will set an inaugural record with more than the 1.2 million who attended Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Officials: 5,000 Portable Toilets for Inaugural

Spectators crowded onto the National Mall for President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in will be able to use 5,000 portable toilets, planners said at a briefing this morning at the D.C. Armory by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. There will also be...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

National Gallery to Close East Building on Jan. 20

Due to the crowds and security restrictions expected on inauguration day, the National Gallery announced it will close the East Building, shops, restaurants, Sculpture Garden and ice rink on Jan. 20. However, the West Building's entrance at Sixth Street and...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wireless Industry Boosts Capacity to Handle Phone Service From Inaugural Crowds

With more than 1 million people and up to 4 million expected for Barack Obama's inauguraion, some have been wondering whether cell phone companies will be able to handle the volume of calls, texts and email from people watching on...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 06:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

During Inauguration, Places to 'Go'

If 4 million people come to Washington for the inauguration, where will they all … go? It's that question that Jennifer Lynn, 45, of Washington, hopes will turn into dollars: She's selling a seven-page booklet titled "Where to Pee in...

By Washington Post Editors | December 15, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mayor Fenty: Max Crowds Mean Three Square Feet Per Person

Wonder how authorities came up with the idea that there could be 3 million to 4 million people at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and parade? It appears the number wasn't arrived at by a rigorous analysis of how many plane,...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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