A trip honoring tradition
“As part of the most open and accessible inauguration in history, we hope to include as many Americans as possible who wish to participate, but can’t be in Washington,” Emmett Beliveau, the inaugural committee’s executive director, said in a statement.
The trip will include events along the way that Mr. Beliveau said would honor "the rich history and tradition of previous inaugural journeys."
With their Secret Service motorcades, Obama and Biden will have no problem getting around Washington once they arrive for the festivities surrounding the January 20 inauguration. The same can’t be said for members of the general public.
An overwhelmed transit system
Estimates of the number of those who will attend the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president range from two to four million. Even the low-end projection threatens to overwhelm the local transportation system.
People should expect “long lines, long walks, and they need to make decisions about what they are willing to put up with,” Smith said.
Wanted: bus parking spaces
Meanwhile, Washington officials are saying they have found parking for only half the 10,000 charter buses expected to arrive in the city for the inaugural.
An already booked Blair House
Even President-elect Obama experienced the crowded conditions surrounding his swearing in. Mr. Obama explored the possibility of moving into the presidential guest quarters across the street from the White House in early January so his daughters could start school on January 5. But the family was told that Blair House was already booked with events and receptions and so would not be available for overnight use until January 15.
No word yet on where the Obama daughters will stay in the meantime.