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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)

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; 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)

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; 07:41 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; 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)

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; 03:19 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; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (30)

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)

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; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (44)

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)

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; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

'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; 03:35 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; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

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)

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)

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

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

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

Print 'N' Save: Inaugural Media Guide

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

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on Inauguration: Logistics Will Be 'Very Difficult'

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

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

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

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

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Judge: References to God Okay During Inauguration

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

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama on the (Really) Big Screen

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

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Del. Norton Distributes 600 "Surprise" Inaugural Tickets

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

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (9)

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

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

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

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

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

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

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)

Weather Watch: "Chance of Snow" On Inauguration Day

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

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Reporters Discuss Getting From Swearing-in to Parade, More

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

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Del. Norton Picks D.C. Inaugural Ticket Winners

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

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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; 07:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:12 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)

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; 01:01 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; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

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)

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; 04:47 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; 02:58 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; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's Prohibited Where

Many readers have been writing in to ask us about what they can and can't bring to inaugural events. Prohibited items for inauguration day have been popping up a lot in the news lately, but the reports don’t provide a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Atheists to Challenge Prayer at Inauguration

President George W. Bush bows his head in prayer at the 55th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2005. Behind him are his daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and First Lady Laura Bush. (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg) A group of atheists, led by a...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 30, 2008; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama to Use Lincoln's Bible

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts Barack Obama announced his historic bid for the presidency from the steps of the statehouse in Springfield, Ill., the same spot where another Illinois state legislator, Abraham Lincoln, began his quest. Now, to complete...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

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)

Video: Inauguration Construction

CBS News toured the constructions grounds, where workers have made progress on building the inaugural platform on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. Play Video VIDEO | Inauguration Construction Begins...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Defends Picking Warren for Invocation

Barack Obama fought back against criticism of his selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church to deliver the invocation at this inaugural. Warren has come under criticism from gay rights advocates for his opposition to same sex marriage....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (9)

Human Rights Campaign President Rips Obama in Post Op-Ed

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, chastizes Barack Obama in Friday's Washington Post op-ed page for his appointment of pastor Rick Warren of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., to deliver the invocation at the inaugural....

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 06:42 PM ET | Comments (21)

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)

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)

Obama Pick of Inaugural Pastor Angers Some

Gay rights activists and other progressives are protesting the selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., the largest church in the United States, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural. Warren supported Proposition 8,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:29 AM 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)

Want to See Where Vendors Will Be?

If you're going to be attending the inauguration Jan. 20 and think you'll be hungry or thirsty or want some Barack Obama memorabilia, here's a map that shows you the zones where the licensed vendors will be able to set...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Full Schedule for Inaugural Ceremony Announced

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today the schedule for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20. The ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours....

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (8)

Inaugural Poet Selected: Elizabeth Alexander

After a hiatus of more than a decade, poetry is returning to the inauguration of the American president. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today that Elizabeth Alexander, a prize-winning poet at Yale University who grew up in...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sen. Feinstein's Inaugural Tickets Resale Legislation Fails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation that would make the resale of inauguration tickets a federal crime died in the Senate last night when an effort to gain unanimous support for the measure failed, officials said. Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Joint...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

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)

Authorities: Don't Come to National Mall Until 4 a.m. Jan. 20

Federal and District government officials urged people not to come to the National Mall until 4 a.m. on Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in. Though the Mall grounds are open 24 hours a day to the public,...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Watch the Construction Live

If you just can't get enough news about the construction of the inaugural podium aren't, you can now watch it in real time on washingtonpost.com by visiting our webcam....

By Washington Post Editors | December 5, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Entire Mall Open for Inauguration

For the first time in history, the entire National Mall will be open to the public for an inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. Officials have been in talks for weeks about opening the Mall east of the Washington...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (14)

Sources: Inauguration Organizers to Open More Viewing Space

It looks like organizers are going to be opening up the Mall to accommodate more people, sources tell Inauguration Watch. In the past, the area from 7th Street NW to 15th Street NW was used for staging the parade. But...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More...

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted on its Web site a number of tips to keep in mind for those planning on attending the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony and parade. Among the list of items banned from...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Presidential Inaugural Committee Seeking Volunteers

Interested in getting involved with the inauguration but don't think you'll score a ticket or be able to afford one of the inaugural balls? One way to stay close to the action would be to sign up as a volunteer...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sources: Organizers Considering 'Day of Service'

Amid the talk of superstars and throngs of visitors and hotel rooms costing zillions for the Barack Obama inauguration, there is also thought among organizers of having some kind of "day of service" on January 19th, which is the Martin...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Can't Get Inauguration Tickets? See the Rehearsal Instead

Washington Post staff writer Michael E. Ruane filed this report: Can’t get tickets to the inauguration? No hotel rooms to be had that week? No problem, people. Avoid the crowds and the traffic and the expense, and check out the...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. Sen. Cardin: I Have 400 Tickets and 55,000 Requests

The requests for inaugural tickets keep pouring into congressional offices across the country, but perhaps no more quickly than to the offices of the local Washington area delegation. Take the case of Md. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D), who sent...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Which is the Hotter Ticket: Inauguration or Super Bowl?

The Post's National Football League blog The League asked this Inauguration Watch blogger to contribute to a discussion yesterday about which will be the more sought after ticket: one to see President-elect Barack Obama get sworn-in as the 44th chief...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Handshake Man' Won't Be At Inaugural

One of the fixtures of recent inaugurations won't be making an appearance Jan. 20, reports the Post's David Montgomery today. Montgomery caught up with the man who snuck past security to shake the hands of Bill Cliton and George...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Charles County Schools Closed for Inauguration

Students in Charles County, rejoice! According to a news release, the school board voted to close school on Jan. 20. The bad news? Schools are now open Jan. 23, which had been a holiday. A press release stated that the...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Talks About Inauguration Plans

The District is expecting up to 4 million people to to crowd downtown for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The Post's Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart caught up with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to talk about preparations....

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

No School? No Way, Montgomery County Superintendent Says

Montgomery County, Md., Schools Chief Jerry Weast has rejected an on-line petition from students and parents to declare a day off from classes Jan. 20 for the inauguration, reports the Post's Marc Fisher. Among his arguments: Weast says it's "unrealistic"...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Officials: Obama Crowd Could Reach 4 Million

District and federal officials are preparing for as many as 4 million people for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a crowd that would be three or four times larger than previous big events on the Mall, report the Post's...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nader to Obama: Include Third Parties in Inaugural

This was posted in the Washington Post's Reliable Source section today: You'll never guess who really, really wants to go to the inauguration: Ralph Nader. The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Camp: Hudson Not Invited to Perform

Despite rumors otherwise, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has not been invited to perform for the inaugural, according to mtv.com....

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

 
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