Tea party fervor has surged and waned in the past four years, Occupy encampments are long gone from parks in the nation’s capital, and the crowd for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration figures to be significantly smaller than the record-breaking turnout of 2009.
The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall.
South Carolinians will be celebrating President Barack Obama’s inauguration with cocktails amid the Hope Diamond and dinosaur fossils at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. Minority government contractors will huddle at a downtown restaurant known as a lobbyists’ hotspot. And the nation’s largest gay rights group is promising a star-studded night at the storied Mayflower Hotel.
Extra cellphone towers are being installed on the National Mall to handle the heavy use expected from smartphones during the presidential inauguration.
Oscar Moreno doesn’t want to miss this presidential inauguration, even if it won’t be the history-making event that drew 1.8 million people in 2009.
Visitors coming to the nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration can’t stay in the one place President Ronald Reagan’s family once called an eight-star hotel. That spot is the White House, and it’s booked for the next four years. Still, inauguration-goers have a range of lodging options — from crashing on a friend’s couch to rooms that cost thousands of dollars a night.
The pomp surrounding the inauguration of the president of the United States can carry a hefty price tag, from the glitzy galas to all those inaugural balls.
Four years ago, Barack Obama’s swearing-in drew a record crowd to the National Mall. There were 1.8 million people eager to witness history: the country’s first black president taking the oath of office.
Hundreds of marchers with sock puppets, marionettes and full costumes, including a version of Big Bird, have joined a so-called Million Puppet March to the Capitol to show support for public broadcasting.
More than 1,000 puppeteers and public broadcasting supporters have signed on for a march on the National Mall in Washington three days before the election.
The reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall has reopened after a two-year, $34 million reconstruction.
A nonprofit group that’s working to restore the National Mall is seeking volunteers to help guide the park’s millions of visitors.