Inaugural: D.C. is primed like never before

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2009 - 12:33 AM

Washington is used to big crowds, but the dawning of a new era is creating intense excitement and the likelihood of a record throng.

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foobarxyzJan. 11, 09 3:29 AM

Expect a speech in the spirit of John F. Kennedy's poignantly powerful Inauguration speech of 49 years ago to the day. It's ironically fitting that the torch is being passed to a New Generation of Americans much as it was in 1960. This is OUR TIME now. Let's shine brightly as we take on the challenges ahead!

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iamcatholicJan. 11, 09 8:05 AM

here we are in the midst of a global economic meltdown, people loosing their jobs, families really hurting, the homeless, worst since 1929 and BO is about to have the most expensive Inaugural in history. All Hail the new KING. (pun intended)

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memorylaneJan. 11, 09 8:49 AM

She is the face of the GOP and I do think she should be entitles to say a few words at this event.

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bowl35Jan. 11, 09 8:50 AM

I relocated to The Commonwealth this past summer from Minnesota. Many of us are planning to work from home on 1/20/09. Most of the schools in the Beltway have made this day a teacher work day. This article failed to mention that many of the apartment and condo associations banned subletting during the Inauguration. Additionally, many resorts and airline company have "inauguration vacation" packages available. For myself, we will be watching from our roof top in Arlington with out friends and neighbors, with our work laptops in tow.

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bowl35Jan. 11, 09 8:52 AM

There is a misspelling in my last sentence. It is too read "...in Arlington with our friends and neighbors..." I apologize.

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swannyriversJan. 11, 09 9:08 AM

It is about BO. It's not about the country or the Presidency.

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mnhusker4Jan. 11, 0910:28 AM

Does anyone really care?

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kcreeckJan. 11, 0912:31 PM

There's reason to celebrate? Why, because the millions of people sucking off the government now get to reach down into my pocket? Bring on the confetti and kazoos I guess.

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sausageJan. 11, 09 1:20 PM

That is even more ironic today. Just because the sacred cow being sworn in is a person of color this year, there are more idiots going to Washington DC than ever before. I hope that the money spent is helping the poor and needy and is paying off the national debt.

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Marina29Jan. 11, 09 1:41 PM

If 3 million people go to DC for this event, then one percent of the population is going to attend the event, and the other 99 percent is not. For people that want to do more than sit at home on the sofa with their pets and watch the Inaugural events on TV, they can go to local events, as listed on the Obama website. One (Unofficial) local ball is at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, in beautiful downtown Hopkins, where the city parking is free. The cost is a mere $20, light refreshments included, so it's quite affordable; and food is being collected for a local food shelf, so attendees making a donation can feel they are 'helping the poor and needy' mentioned by 'sausage,' above. People that want to attend the 'Main Street Inaugural Ball' in Hopkins can sign up for the event at the myBarackObama.com website, using Hopkins zip 55343 as search criteria. It's also listed at: http://www.minnpost.com/ on their flyerboard

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