How Were Inaugural Ceremony Logistics On the Mall?

by Borderstan.com January 22, 2009 at 12:17 am 1,136 3 Comments

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Jan. 20, 2009 – View of the Inaugural ceremony from the statue of President Grant east of 3rd Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstanians: Did you attend the Inaugural ceremony on the National Mall on Tuesday? If so, how well do you think the logistics were handled?

According to The Washington Post, the D.C. government says attendance was 1.8 million… other sources say it was less.

  • No problems at my end.

  • Luis

    It was really nice until the end. When it was time to go back home we found ourselves trapped in The Mall with no way to come back North. We had to walk to the Water Front and then go to 18th St. to go North. Pennsylvania Ave. was all closed.

  • Q-14

    My partner and I and our four house guests left at 6:30 am for an Inagural Parade Party at an office building at 11th & Pennsylvania Ave. By 6:45 am we reached a line at 12th & F Streets. We got past F Street (which was blocked by a Metro Bus) around 7:00 am. We arrived at the intersection of 12th & E Streets a few minutes later. We waited there in a crowd of thousands for over 2 hours. No one was moving. I called 3-1-1 around 9:00 am and they connected me to the Parks Service. I asked them what was going on at 12th & E Streets and I was informed that the security gate would be opening up shortly. After a Frederick County Ambulance tried to get through the intersection (and crushed the crowd) we left for the 13th & Pennsylvania Ave gate. We got through there in 10 minutes. We walked back up Pa. Ave to 12th Street but were told we could not cross there. We were told to enter at 12th & E Street. I explained the problem to the officer and she said to try 10th Street. At 10th Street we encountered the same problem as 12th Street. By this time it was after 10:00 am and we decided to go back home and watch it in TV. I found out the next day that the generators at 10th & 12th Streets were not working and they could not operate the metal dectectors. In the 2 1/2 hours that we were there no one said anything to the crowd. Some of the police officers we questioned didn’t know anything – most of them were out of town police. What a mess.


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