Monday, January 14, 2013
Locals willing to rent their houses list exorbitant prices online.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Monday, January 14
While a significantly lower number of people (according to a WJLA report) are expected to visit Washington, DC, for President Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21, hundreds of local residents have offered their houses, apartments and condos for rent, with some rentals priced as high as $10,000 for a rental starting Friday, Jan. 18, and ending Tuesday, Jan. 22. Craigslist featured more than 100 inauguration listings on Thursday morning, Jan. 10. The listings were found by searching for the term "inauguration" under the "apts/housing for rent" section. One Capitol Hill resident is seeking $10,000 for a three-bedroom, two-full bath, fully-furnished 1,500-square-foot town home, with payment by cashier's check required upfront. By comparison…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Plan your commute carefully on Jan. 21.
While fewer people are expected to attend President Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21, projections still show between 600,000 and 800,000 people will be there. That alone would cause an increase in traffic on Washington, DC's roads, buses, trains and sidewalks. For safety and security reasons, a number of roads surrounding the National Mall will be closed on Jan. 21. Some Metrorail stations and Metrobus routes will be affected as well. The District of Columbia's Presidential Inauguration 2013 website details the status of road access into Washington, DC, on Inauguration Day: The following roads will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21: The website also lists all of the "emergency no parking zones" in effect between 7 a.…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Historic photos depict presidential oaths from bygone times.
President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony and celebration Jan. 21 will be 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. Washington made the shortest inauguration speech on record—133 words and less than two minutes long—at his second swearing-in, in Philadelphia. 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 the United States…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Students will support Hargrove, a trade show management company, with event logistics.
Students from the hospitality and tourism department at Prince George’s Community College will get the job experience of a lifetime when they lend their skills to President Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration. “In addition to being a part of history, participating in the presidential inauguration will give our students a tremendous professional opportunity to work on a large scale event in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Joanna Lanzirotti, assistant professor of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. From Jan. 14-21, 12 students will support Hargrove, a Prince George’s County-based trade show management company, in placing and preparing signs at the inauguration, among other tasks. Hargrove was selected as the official general services …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The group was selected from a pool of more than 2,800 applicants.
The Mighty Sound of Maryland—the University of Maryland's vaunted marching band—is set to participate in the inaugural parade following Barack Obama's Jan. 21 swearing-in ceremony. The band is one of about fifty organizations to receive an invitation to march out of a pool of more than 2,800 applicants (see the full list here). It's not the first time the band's services have been called on for an inauguration. According to WUSA, members previously appeared in Ronald Reagan's (1985), John F. Kennedy's (1960), Dwight Eisenhower's (1953), and Woodrow Wilson's (1917). The parade is expected to start around 2:30 p.m., shortly after the administration of the oath of office and an inaugural luncheon with congressional leaders.
Monday, January 7, 2013
If you haven't been invited to an official ball, there are plenty of other inaugural balls you can attend.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend just two official inaugural balls—the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military and the Inaugural Ball. Both official balls are at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ticketing period for both events has closed. But, if you still want to get dressed up and dance the night away, there are a number of “unofficial” Inaugural Balls—ones that are sponsored by state parties or societies, non-profit organizations or other groups. While there won’t be a presidential visit, they can be a lot of fun. The Maryland Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the Maryland Democratic Party and a host of local unions and companies. It will be …