Your 2013 Presidential Inauguration Guide
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
When is metro running? Which stations are closed? How much will it cost? Vienna Patch has you covered.
Inauguration Day 2009 set the all time ridership record for Metro at about 1.54 million trips on rail and bus combined. The rail ridership in 2009 alone was 1.12 million trips. Metro is preparing for a crowded system this year as well, spokesman Dan Stessel told Patch. WMATA estimates 600,000 to 800,000 people will use Metrorail for the 2013 inauguration events. Metro has been working with external partners like the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and other agencies involved in inauguration activities to help alleviate some of the crowding that plagued metro during the 2009 inauguration. The transit agency is doing everything it can to communicate with riders about their best routes and about planning ahead to help reduce congestion …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ahead of President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration Jan. 21, we rounded up historic photos showing presidential oaths of office past.
President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony and celebration Jan. 21 is a far cry from the inauguration of our first president, George Washington. That ceremony was held April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City, where the federal government was headquartered at the time. It was later at Washington's second inauguration, in Philadelphia, where he made the shortest inauguration speech on record—133 words and less than two minutes long. One thing all presidential inauguration swearing-in ceremonies have in common, though, are these words: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Buyers and sellers are now doing business on Craigslist, outside ticket outlets.
People hoping to attend one of President Obama's two official Inaugural balls woke up Monday morning to find out that they are likely out of luck. The Washington Post reported Monday that the tickets sold through Ticketmaster sold out before they even went on sale, blaming the error on a "computer glitch at Ticketmaster." The official Inaugural Committee's Facebook page had nearly 400 messages Monday afternoon from people irate about the incident. "Make this Ticketmaster thing right or lose a lot of volunteers for the festivities," wrote one woman named Barbara. A woman named Judy wrote: "This should have been a fair process in which all who were selected had a chance at the public tickets. I took off work to be home Monday just so I would…
Constituents are waiting to hear whether they received tickets to President Obama's inauguration Jan. 21.
Interested in attending the presidential inauguration across the Potomac in January? There are a limited number of tickets and your best bet is to request them—now—from your member of Congress. Each Senator and Representative receives a limited quantity of free tickets that they may distribute to the public at their discretion. Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) office is accepting requests for tickets and will enter requests into a lottery. You can fill out a form on the congressman's site here. Connolly's Communications Director George Burke said over 2,000 people will receive tickets. Congressman Frank Wolf's (R-10th) office is also accepting requests for tickets. You can find a form to fill out here. Although Patch could not find a…