Inauguration Weekend

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All is ready for the inauguration ceremony

It’s been quite an Inauguration Weekend for the Washington, DC, region. I didn’t travel down to the National Mall for Inauguration Day 2009, but watched the proceedings on TV. 

Federal, state, and local government offices, schools, banks, and libraries throughout the region were closed for Inauguration Day. Many coworkers took advantage of the extra holiday to leave town. One went to London for the week and another on a Caribbean cruise.

I have to admire those who made the effort to be there in person for the historic day. The temperature was 16F (-9C) overnight when people began to gather and only reached 28F (-2C) during the day. A local TV weather forecaster had given advice during the preceding week on dressing for prolonged cold weather exposure.

Closed area
His final tip:  bring a folded sheet of plastic bubble wrap to stand on for ground insulation.

Bridges across the Potomac River from Northern Virginia to Washington, DC, were closed to private vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles on Inauguration Day. Metro was the only transportation option as train tickets northbound had been sold out before the weekend began. (Metro ridership topped 800,000 passengers on Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday, and had passed 900,000 for Tuesday, Inauguration Day, with the count still going on. One friend tried to go into town on Monday, but was turned away by long lines at Metro that ran from the ticket machines out of the station and onto the street.)

The TV coverage was excellent, though, with many memorable images of the ceremony, the new President and First Lady, and the surroundings. I was inspired by the wide view down the National Mall from the Capitol to see the entire two miles filled with people gathered for the occasion.

Here are a few before and after photos.

Andy99 says:
There were about 250,000 tickets distributed, seating and standing room. (The lines were so long, not everyone made it in time!)
Posted on: Jan 29, 2009
FishAtHeart says:
Was a statistic kept on how many folding chairs were used? HAHAHA
Posted on: Jan 29, 2009
missandrea81 says:
Thanks for this! :)
Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
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All is ready for the inauguration …
All is ready for the inauguration…
Closed area
Closed area
Sea of folding chairs
Sea of folding chairs
Traditional Inauguration pin and r…
Traditional Inauguration pin and …
Visitors are dressed warmly
Visitors are dressed warmly
Visitors buy inauguration souvenir…
Visitors buy inauguration souveni…
Inauguration souvenirs
Inauguration souvenirs
President Obama souvenirs
President Obama souvenirs
News organization trailers
News organization trailers
CNN TV satellite truck
CNN TV satellite truck
TV techs set up for inauguration c…
TV techs set up for inauguration …
Necessaries
Necessaries
Directional sign and the Library o…
Directional sign and the Library …
Directional sign for inauguration …
Directional sign for inauguration…
Orange ticket entrance
Orange ticket entrance
Blue ticket entrance
Blue ticket entrance
Signs of support for the new Presi…
Signs of support for the new Pres…
The Newseum was decorated to welco…
The Newseum was decorated to welc…
The Newseum welcomes the new Presi…
The Newseum welcomes the new Pres…
Passerby view inauguration newspap…
Passerby view inauguration newspa…
The inauguration made headlines ar…
The inauguration made headlines a…
Passerby view newspapers inaugurat…
Passerby view newspapers inaugura…
Time to depart
Time to depart
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photo by: b93sp