Record numbers are expected to witness Barack Obama's inauguration. Officials in Washington D.C. talk about a staggering figure of four million people, which is yet another historic record Barack Obama would set in his improbable journey to the White House.
When and Where and What
The inauguration ceremony would take place noon, January 20, 2009, in National Mall, a vast open area which stretches all the way from the Capitol building to the Potomac River. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will oversee the ceremony, which will be held as follows: Joe Biden, vice-president elect, will take his oath first, a band will play "Hail to the Chief," the infantry guard will give a 21-gun salute, and then Barack Obama will deliver his first speech to the country as president. Later, Obama and Biden will have lunch in The United States Congress. After lunch, Barack Obama will parade down from the Capitol to the White House.
The oath or affirmation of office of the President of the United States was established in the United States Constitution and is mandatory for a President upon beginning a term of office. The wording is prescribed by the Constitution (Article II, Section 1, Clause 8), as follows:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Tickets for Obama's Inauguration
Millions will flood Washington D.C., which means many would be left without tickets, since only 250,000 are offered for the event. Scores of people will have a taste of the historic inauguration by lining the parade route from the Capitol to the White House.
Obama's Inauguration Security Efforts
To secure this extraordinary event, Washington D.C. police will be reinforced considerably. 93 agencies from across the country will send some 4,000 officers to make sure law and order are maintained.
Accommodation in Washington D.C.
It is, of course, almost impossible to book a hotel room for the inauguration weekend in Washington D.C., but many locals seize the opportunity to make a quick buck and rent their apartments. As demand obviously exceeds supply, apartment owners are able to rent their place for thousands of dollars a night.
Transportation to Obama's Inauguration
A group of Obama supporters has set up a website dedicated to provide affordable transportation from multiple major US cities by chartered motor coach and plane for people who wish to make the trip to Washington in order to witness Obama's inauguration. You may register a member and purchase a seat at www.obamainauguration2009.com.
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