Enjoy this slide show of Inauguration photographs submitted by Borderstanians James Andrews, Kathleen Carr, Steven Henry, Vince Hurteau, Devika Levy and Susan Volman. “Thank you” to all of you for these 37 photos, most of them from Inauguration Day plus a few from the days just prior to January 20.
We asked readers who attended the Inaugural ceremonies on the National Mall to rate the event’s logistics. In an extremely unscientific and unreliable poll of Borderstan.com readers, 61 respondents (as of Jan. 31) said the following about Inaugural ceremony logistics:
Inaugural ceremony logistics were:
- Excellent: 8% (5 votes)
- Good: 26% (16 votes)
- Fair: 21% (13 votes)
- Poor: 16% (10 votes)
- Really Bad: 28% (17 votes)
Sorry, Borderstanians… I know that this has nothing to do with public safety or events in our neighborhood. But, I have had quite a few Inauguration 2009-related postings here, so that is my excuse for posting this photo: Ms. Franklin sang “My Country, Tis of Thee” (YouTube video) at the ceremony. Then, I saw this photo at the blog, Joe. My. God., and I had to post it. I have always loved Aretha Franklin. And this hat? Well, it’s worthy of passing along the photo. Apparently, the Detroit millener cannot keep up with orders for the hat.
Happy post-Inauguration, Borderstanians. The hordes have left town and today I felt an eerie calm descend on the city. After gonig to the National Mall for the Inaugural ceremony, we had the good fortune to attend the Neighborhood Ball at the D.C. Convention Center last night. It was televised live by ABC and was an “official” ball… the first of 10 balls that President and Mrs. Obama attended.
I cannot say these stories are completely verified (from my online searches) and it will be interesting to see what HBO ends up saying (or doing) about the matter. It seems HBO did two things Sunday:
UPDATE at 11:40 p.m.: Just back from walking the dog. I talked to two groups of the guardsman and the guys here in Borderstan are from Iowa.
I saw National Guard troops in Borderstan this afternoon. These guys were at the corner of 15th and R NW next to the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church; a few minutes later they joined a larger group at 14th and R NW. Anyone know their exact mission?
It looks as if the section of R Street NW through Borderstan will be open only to bus traffic on Inauguration Day. I have seen two signs on R Street (the one at 14th & R was on the ground this afternoon)… one at 14th and the other one at 17th. I haven’t seen an official notice anywhere–this is all I know. Anyone know anything?
UPDATE at 7:30 p.m.: Am I the only one who doesn’t see the concert on HBO (Comcast channel 3)?
UPDATE at 3:53 p.m.: Well, COMCAST is not providing HBO’s live feed of the concert for free. It was my mistaken understanding they would do so. Hope they show it at 7 tonight. But, the live online feed at HBO.com was great.
If you are heading down to the Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, here’s some info from the D.C. Government’s official Inauguration 2009 Web site (below).
Actually, you don’t have to schlep to the Lincoln Memorial because HBO is televising the concert for all cable viewers–you don’t have to be an HBO subscriber. Watch ““We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” live on HBO at 2:30 p.m. or at 7 p.m. tonight.
The line up of mega-stars includes Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Bono/U2 and Stevie Wonder. The rest of the lineup is just about as impressive.
This is from The Washington Post (the map is great):
The bad news: Witnessing this historic occasion in person will require a bit of a schlep. The good news: Officials say pedestrians will be allowed to go just about everywhere. So what about those who have to park their cars and venture over the Potomac and Anacostia rivers on foot for the first time? Put on your sturdy shoes, grab a wind-resistant jacket and climb down into this guide to walking over the 10 bridges into the District of Columbia.