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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; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (30)

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)

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)

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; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

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; 08:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

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; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 04:41 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; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

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; 04:41 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; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (9)

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; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 06:00 AM 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; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

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; 05:22 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)

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; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

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)

'Rangers' to Ride in Obama's Parade

Just how presidential are mowers, toilet plungers and broomsticks? It appears we'll find out on Jan. 20. From Mary Ann Akers's The Sleuth blog: [The] World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (Illinois) -- a longtime staple of beer-drenched St....

By Washington Post Editors | December 11, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Money, Money, Money

In case you missed The Post's weekend coverage, we brought you three tales of the way in which money is altering the face of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Nikita Stewart wrote on Saturday about the competition between vendors for licenses...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Chat With the 'Benefactor of the Ball'

Yesterday The Post's Michael Ruane told the story of Earl Stafford, the Virginia businessman who spent $1 million to establish an inaugural ball for the disadvantaged in downtown D.C. If you've got a question for Stafford, today is your lucky...

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $1 Million Man

Here's the story of a high roller who's making sure that the inauguration will be enjoyed by some folks without as much in the bank. From The Post's Michael Ruane: It was billed as the biggest, most eye-popping of the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Will Montgomery County Close Schools? The Plot Thickens...

Last week, Montgomery County, Md. schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast recommended that the county not close its schools for inauguration day. Looks like he has some opposition. According to a story in today's Post by Daniel de Vise: A Montgomery...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Latest Lowdown on Tickets

From today's Post: Swearing-In Ceremony: About 240,000 tickets have been printed, and they are being kept under lock and key. Tickets are free and will be distributed by members of Congress and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, once it is established....

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Day: A Time to Teach, or a Day Off for Students?

Is the inauguration of the nation’s first African American president a day to close schools, or is it a teachable moment in classrooms? Some school systems in the Washington area will be closed on Inauguration Day for various reasons. Others...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Montana: First in Inaugural Partying?

Over at our Sleuth blog, Mary Ann Akers has identified the would-be hosts of the inauguration season's first major throw-down: Everyone wants a piece of the Barack Obama inaugural action. And since Montanans love to party, it's no surprise they're...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hawaii's First-Ever Ball Sells Out

Will Obama be there? Nobody knows for sure, but that didn't hurt demand for Hawaii's first-ever inaugural ball. Here's the story from The Post's Nikita Stewart: Micah Kohono Mossman fears he is the most despised man in Washington right now....

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Three Burning Questions

Three questions we keep hearing are: How do I get tickets to the inauguration? How much of the parade will I be able to see? And, finally: How do I get tickets to an inaugural ball? Over at the Going...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Big Will It Be?

It looking like Obama's inauguration may be the biggest in history. According to a story by Michael Ruane, Nikita Stewart and Joe Heim in Sunday's Post: With the election of the nation's first black president and the enormous interest in...

By Washington Post Editors | November 10, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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