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The Inauguration Event - Over 2-million People Expected to Attend

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Three days to go and President-Elect Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. Attendance at the inauguration is expected to top 2-million people. Most likely the attendance will shatter all previous records of past inaugurations. Of course, security will be a top priority, and there will be long lines just about everywhere you go. The weather is expected to be pretty cold, but so many people have been anticipating to attend this event that the bitter cold would not even keep these people away. As informed, the forecast on inauguration day is supposed to reach a high of only 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Standing in this bitter cold for an extended period of time can be dangerous.
Just in case of bad inclement weather, there are plans to take the inauguration indoors and have the swearing-in inside the Capitol. Regardless, I would believe that only in extreme circumstances that the inauguration would be held indoors, because there are so many people that will arrive that will be standing outside to brave the cold. It would be highly unlikely that it will go indoors except for an extreme weather occurrence. Out of the 2-million people that most likely will attend, only 240,000 will hold official inauguration tickets.Only 28,000 of these ticket holders will get to sit down.
This is such a big inaugural event, and for public safety and sanitation, there will be five thousand portable bathrooms scattered around the area. The cost for an event like this is staggering. Just the inaugural platform along with rented chairs, and strategic fencing will cost $3.5 million.

After the ceremony, there will be an inaugural luncheon that will take place in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. Only a few people for this event will be invited, but those who are lucky enough get to chow down on a three-course meal, including wine. The first of the three courses will include "seafood stew served with Duckhorn Vineyards, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley." The second of the three courses will be "a brace of American birds (pheasant and duck), served with sour cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes; served with Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley."
The final course will include "apple cinnamon sponge cake and sweet cream glace served with Korbel Natural 'Special Inaugural Cuvee,' California Champagne."

For all the people who attend, once the inauguration ceremony takes place, it will be pretty swift. Historically, the swearing-in ceremony is purposely studied "so everything is according to historical procedure."

This event, is historical in a way because this event - Inauguration 2009, will be the first time an African-American was ever sworn in as President of the United States. People who won tickets to this event should be especially proud to be able to attend such a historical event. After the inaugural ceremony, celebration after celebration will begin. It is believed that President Barack Obama and the new First Lady Michelle Obama will attend no less than a dozen inaugural balls throughout the evening. I guess it is only fitting that Barack Obama comes in office with a bang and he should enjoy himself and celebrate the history he has made to become President. After that evening, he will be expected to pull this country back together again, and the job he vowed to do as President is a far cry from having fun at the inauguration activities.
As expected, the security at the inauguration will be extremely tight. Most roads around the city, including airspace will be closed down until the new President leaves the area. TV coverage is expected on ALL networks


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