Bush declared a state of emergency in Washington, DC. The large crowds that are expected at the innauguration (down to about 2 million from the earlier estimates of 5 million) have prompted Mayor Fenty to claim that he will not have enough money for security. He expects to spend about $75 million, also known as $32.50 per attendee.
Welcome to the innauguration of the “leader of the free world.” You may only enter the city through these designated roads and transit systems. You will only have access to the inauguration after passing through a security checkpoint, where you will be treated with suspicion. There will be thousands of armed men surrounding you at the ceremony and parade. But, hey, that’s the price of freedom!
H/T to Ingrid.7:45 am on January 14, 2009 Email Kathryn Muratore