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Inauguration

werehippywerehippy Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
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Insanity


Considering Obama's crowd drawing power, oratory skills, the historic nature of the event, and DC's prominent location in the center of the East coast (connected to massive populations of his strongest supporters by easy transportation) we have to assume this will be an insane crowd.

Besides talking about how epic the event will be, is there any interest in trying to get a group of people to go down for a mini get together to watch the speech? The pundits are already wowing us with their incredibly foresight things will be crazy/crowded/expensive but it does seem like something worth being there for. I've done some extremely cursory looking at hotels and the prices are either insane or outright unavailable for that date, but if someone knows the area it might be feasible to stat somewhere farther away but near transportation.

Again, if enough people are interested to make it doable and if it looks like it would work out. Thoughts?

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  • werehippywerehippy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Just to set the bar in terms of speeches:
    Kennedy Inauguration 1 of 2
    FDR wrote:
    President Hoover, Mr. Chief Justice, my friends:

    This is a day of national consecration. And I am certain that on this day my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

    In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; and the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

    More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

    And yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

    True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They only know the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

    Yes, the money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

    Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

    Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, and on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.

    Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation is asking for action, and action now.

    Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our great natural resources.

    Hand in hand with that we must frankly recognize the overbalance of population in our industrial centers and, by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution, endeavor to provide a better use of the land for those best fitted for the land. Yes, the task can be helped by definite efforts to raise the values of agricultural products and with this the power to purchase the output of our cities. It can be helped by preventing realistically the tragedy of the growing loss through foreclosure of our small homes and our farms. It can be helped by insistence that the Federal, the State, and the local governments act forthwith on the demand that their cost be drastically reduced. It can be helped by the unifying of relief activities which today are often scattered, uneconomical, unequal. It can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and of communications and other utilities that have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped by merely talking about it. We must act. We must act quickly.

    And finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order; there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people's money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.

    These, my friends, are the lines of attack. I shall presently urge upon a new Congress in special session detailed measures for their fulfillment, and I shall seek the immediate assistance of the 48 States.

    Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo. Our international trade relations, though vastly important, are in point of time and necessity secondary to the establishment of a sound national economy. I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first. I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.

    The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States of America--a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that recovery will endure.

    In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor--the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others--the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.

    If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we can not merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress can be made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and our property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at the larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us, bind upon us all as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in times of armed strife.

    With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.

    Action in this image, action to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple, so practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has ever seen. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.

    And it is to be hoped that the normal balance of executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.

    I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.

    But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis--broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.

    For the trust reposed in me, I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.

    We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded, a permanent national life.

    We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.

    In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt - March 4, 1933

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  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited November 2008
    I am pretty sure Kay Hagan has given me the hookup for the event, so I will be there (hopefully) close.

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  • FarseerBaradasFarseerBaradas Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Me and some friends are flying out for it, so I'll be in the area.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I technically have a free trip down to Baltimore at some point in the future (on Northrop Grumman's dime), but it's ostensibly for apartment-hunting and there's no way I'd be able to con them into letting me come down for the inauguration.

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  • HakkekageHakkekage Space Whore Academy summa cum laudeRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hell yes

    Do I have to buy tickets or just show up?

    I'm in school in Baltimore, so I can just take the train. I will goddamn be there. i don't care if it's the first day of classes. The first day of classes can suck a dick.

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  • HakkekageHakkekage Space Whore Academy summa cum laudeRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    AH FUCK

    All the trains on Jan 20 from Baltimore to DC are sold out

    Godammit!

    So uh...anyone going to DC by car planning to swing by Baltimore?

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  • animaleanimale Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Hakkekage wrote: »
    Hell yes

    Do I have to buy tickets or just show up?

    I'm in school in Baltimore, so I can just take the train. I will goddamn be there. i don't care if it's the first day of classes. The first day of classes can suck a dick.

    You have to get them from Senators or Congress members so start kissing some butt.

    Back in 2005 I had to do the inauguration detail for Bush's 2nd inauguration, it was fun since it had snowed and I imaged to get wet mushy snow inside my shoes, so I spent a few hours at attention while my feet were frozen waiting for the president's limo to drive by so I could salute. As I said, good times.

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  • werehippywerehippy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    animale wrote: »
    Hakkekage wrote: »
    Hell yes

    Do I have to buy tickets or just show up?

    I'm in school in Baltimore, so I can just take the train. I will goddamn be there. i don't care if it's the first day of classes. The first day of classes can suck a dick.

    You have to get them from Senators or Congress members so start kissing some butt.

    Back in 2005 I had to do the inauguration detail for Bush's 2nd inauguration, it was fun since it had snowed and I imaged to get wet mushy snow inside my shoes, so I spent a few hours at attention while my feet were frozen waiting for the president's limo to drive by so I could salute. As I said, good times.

    I'm apparently retarded; there are tickets to the speech and swearing in itself? I thought it was just a huge open air thing and ticket were only required for various events surrounding the main event.

    werehippy on
  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited November 2008
    werehippy wrote: »
    animale wrote: »
    Hakkekage wrote: »
    Hell yes

    Do I have to buy tickets or just show up?

    I'm in school in Baltimore, so I can just take the train. I will goddamn be there. i don't care if it's the first day of classes. The first day of classes can suck a dick.

    You have to get them from Senators or Congress members so start kissing some butt.

    Back in 2005 I had to do the inauguration detail for Bush's 2nd inauguration, it was fun since it had snowed and I imaged to get wet mushy snow inside my shoes, so I spent a few hours at attention while my feet were frozen waiting for the president's limo to drive by so I could salute. As I said, good times.

    I'm apparently retarded; there are tickets to the speech and swearing in itself? I thought it was just a huge open air thing and ticket were only required for various events surrounding the main event.
    It is a huge open air event... but the open air closest to the stage is roped off and requires a ticket to get to.

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  • Matt_SMatt_S Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'd go but I remember seeing on CNN that all the area hotels were sold out. :(

    I know that my dad's cousin lives in the area but seeing as how I've never met him before it'd be kind of weird to stay a night there.

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  • DukiDuki Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Matt_S wrote: »
    I'd go but I remember seeing on CNN that all the area hotels were sold out. :(

    I know that my dad's cousin lives in the area but seeing as how I've never met him before it'd be kind of weird to stay a night there.

    You could probably pay him. Might be less weird for you if you know you're not just, y'know, living in some guys house.

    Duki on
  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    werehippy wrote: »
    Just to set the bar in terms of speeches:
    Kennedy Inauguration 1 of 2
    FDR wrote:
    President Hoover, Mr. Chief Justice, my friends:

    This is a day of national consecration. And I am certain that on this day my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

    In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; and the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

    More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

    And yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

    True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They only know the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

    Yes, the money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

    Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

    Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, and on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.

    Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation is asking for action, and action now.

    Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our great natural resources.

    Hand in hand with that we must frankly recognize the overbalance of population in our industrial centers and, by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution, endeavor to provide a better use of the land for those best fitted for the land. Yes, the task can be helped by definite efforts to raise the values of agricultural products and with this the power to purchase the output of our cities. It can be helped by preventing realistically the tragedy of the growing loss through foreclosure of our small homes and our farms. It can be helped by insistence that the Federal, the State, and the local governments act forthwith on the demand that their cost be drastically reduced. It can be helped by the unifying of relief activities which today are often scattered, uneconomical, unequal. It can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and of communications and other utilities that have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped by merely talking about it. We must act. We must act quickly.

    And finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order; there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people's money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.

    These, my friends, are the lines of attack. I shall presently urge upon a new Congress in special session detailed measures for their fulfillment, and I shall seek the immediate assistance of the 48 States.

    Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo. Our international trade relations, though vastly important, are in point of time and necessity secondary to the establishment of a sound national economy. I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first. I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.

    The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States of America--a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that recovery will endure.

    In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor--the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others--the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.

    If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we can not merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress can be made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and our property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at the larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us, bind upon us all as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in times of armed strife.

    With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.

    Action in this image, action to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple, so practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has ever seen. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.

    And it is to be hoped that the normal balance of executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.

    I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.

    But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis--broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.

    For the trust reposed in me, I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.

    We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded, a permanent national life.

    We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.

    In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt - March 4, 1933

    You need to include the best inaugural address:
    Fellow-Countrymen:

    AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

    On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, urgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

    One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

    With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

    <3 Lincoln.

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  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm in Jersey and if going is remotely possible I'd be happy to get there and go straight to it, as early as necessary, forget hotels.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Can I ask as a foreigner curious about the guy who makes the pres repeat the oaths? What's his role, position, etc? Ie the first thirty seconds of the first kennedy video.

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  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Can I ask as a foreigner curious about the guy who makes the pres repeat the oaths? What's his role, position, etc? Ie the first thirty seconds of the first kennedy video.

    that's the "real president". he makes sure the other presidents tell the truth.

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  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited November 2008
    Chief Justice of the SCOTUS.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Variable wrote: »
    Can I ask as a foreigner curious about the guy who makes the pres repeat the oaths? What's his role, position, etc? Ie the first thirty seconds of the first kennedy video.

    that's the "real president". he makes sure the other presidents tell the truth.

    Oh wow really I would never have thought.

    :|

    edit: Thanks syndalis.

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  • MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It was a joke; calm down.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It's a neutral face, you calm down. :)

    Anyway I asked my question, no need to continue this.

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  • MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It's a neutral face, you calm down.

    no YOU calm down!!!!!

    anyway i see it more as a disappointed face or face of disapproval, not neutral

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  • Ghandi 2Ghandi 2 Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Is bad that the first thing I thought was "TERRORIST ATTACK!"

    I don't think it will happen, but what a way to strike fear into the US again.

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  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited November 2008
    Variable wrote: »
    Can I ask as a foreigner curious about the guy who makes the pres repeat the oaths? What's his role, position, etc? Ie the first thirty seconds of the first kennedy video.

    that's the "real president". he makes sure the other presidents tell the truth.

    Oh wow really I would never have thought.

    :|

    edit: Thanks syndalis.

    No prob; I just like saying that word.

    SCOTUS

    It's a funny word.

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  • YarYar Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ghandi 2 wrote: »
    Is bad that the first thing I thought was "TERRORIST ATTACK!"

    I don't think it will happen, but what a way to strike fear into the US again.
    It won't matter because the whole world is going to explode as soon as he takes office anyway.

    Or so I have been led to believe.

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  • QuazarQuazar Registered User
    edited November 2008
    I'd love to go, but even if I was able to get tickets it seems like it'd be impossible to actually get to the event if all nearby cities' train tickets are sold out.

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  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited November 2008
    Quazar wrote: »
    I'd love to go, but even if I was able to get tickets it seems like it'd be impossible to actually get to the event if all nearby cities' train tickets are sold out.

    the trains, the planes, the busses... its ALL fucking sold out.

    I think I have a buddy in DC who will let me use his driveway to park my car; thats about as good as its gonna get.

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Variable wrote: »
    I'm in Jersey and if going is remotely possible I'd be happy to get there and go straight to it, as early as necessary, forget hotels.

    I'm in Jersey and willing to do a road trip kinda thing wherein we go early and leave late. How bad is traffic going to be, I wonder? I mean, DC traffic is already terrible, so I can only imagine what this will be like.

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  • dlinfinitidlinfiniti Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ghandi 2 wrote: »
    Is bad that the first thing I thought was "TERRORIST ATTACK!"

    I don't think it will happen, but what a way to strike fear into the US again.

    the secret service doesnt fuck around when it comes to events like this.

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  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Variable wrote: »
    I'm in Jersey and if going is remotely possible I'd be happy to get there and go straight to it, as early as necessary, forget hotels.

    I'm in Jersey and willing to do a road trip kinda thing wherein we go early and leave late. How bad is traffic going to be, I wonder? I mean, DC traffic is already terrible, so I can only imagine what this will be like.

    I won't begin to pretend I know what sort of ticket type thing you need or how early one would have to get there.

    I will say that if someone finds this out and it's possible, I'm in.

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  • HakkekageHakkekage Space Whore Academy summa cum laudeRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Variable wrote: »
    Variable wrote: »
    I'm in Jersey and if going is remotely possible I'd be happy to get there and go straight to it, as early as necessary, forget hotels.

    I'm in Jersey and willing to do a road trip kinda thing wherein we go early and leave late. How bad is traffic going to be, I wonder? I mean, DC traffic is already terrible, so I can only imagine what this will be like.

    I won't begin to pretend I know what sort of ticket type thing you need or how early one would have to get there.

    I will say that if someone finds this out and it's possible, I'm in.


    I know you have to drive through the Baltimore area to get to DC from Jersey...why don't you take a small detour off the I-95 and pick up a stranded college student? :D

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  • JamesKeenanJamesKeenan Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    As a small related side-note, the Atlanta DnD meet-up is scheduled to occur between Jan 16-18 specifically in celebration of the Inaugeration. In this regard, it is encouraged for all who can make it to show up.

    Not all of us going might be able to make the drive to DC, but I find that it is worth mentioning wherever possible that there will be fun and games involving DnD community members. So if you can make it, we'll be celebrating a bit early, but we'll still be celebrating.

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  • CheerfulBearCheerfulBear Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Hakkekage wrote: »
    AH FUCK

    All the trains on Jan 20 from Baltimore to DC are sold out

    Godammit!

    So uh...anyone going to DC by car planning to swing by Baltimore?

    Why not take the MARC train? It'll be a weekday.

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  • DemiurgeDemiurge Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm considering taking a week off and fly over to the states for this, of course I'd propably end up having to sleep in the street. Is a week in DC even feasible for a tourist around the 20th?

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    My wife and I are driving up to DC along with my in-laws. We've put in our request for tickets, but if we don't get them we're still going to show up as near as possible to the place. I'm predicting an utterly ridiculous turnout.

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I might be able to drive down there from Philly. If I go, I am not braving the DC traffic alone, so will have to grab some of you as hostages... just in case.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I live close enough that I could go into DC, but I doubt it'll be worth the traffic and the crowds. I'd probably get a better view watching online or on TV.

    Plus my classes might've started by then.

    Plus it'll be middle of winter and outside. Inaugurations have killed presidents, what chance do I have!?

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  • HakkekageHakkekage Space Whore Academy summa cum laudeRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Scooter wrote: »
    I live close enough that I could go into DC, but I doubt it'll be worth the traffic and the crowds. I'd probably get a better view watching online or on TV.

    Plus my classes might've started by then.

    Plus it'll be middle of winter and outside. Inaugurations have killed presidents, what chance do I have!?

    Lots of people means lots of friction means lots of heat

    :winky:

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    OK, I'm gonna come in here and be negative Nancy here:

    1. This thing is going to be a clusterfuck. Zillions of people are going to show up.
    2. If you are looking for someplace to stay in DC, hotel rooms were going for $400 per night minimum in shitty non-Metro accessible places barely in the city.
    3. I can only assume that traffic is going to be a nightmare. If you're planning on driving in, finding a place to park somewhere near a metro and then metro in, I'm not sure how possible that's going to be. And I would guess that the metro parking lots in the suburbs will be full.

    As for tickets, yes, you can get them from your rep, but they will not have many. The number I heard was 500 for each. The tickets are for the parts of the mall close to the capitol and there is seating along parts of the parade route. Without tickets you will be standing on the mall or along the parade route. I believe you will need to pass through security to get to those places.

    n.b. - this is mostly based on my experience being here to protest the 2000 inauguration. Obviously since 9/11 things will have changed.

    Suggestions:

    If you know someone who lives in DC, arrange to stay with them the night before.
    Democrats in your area may be arranging a bus trip to the inauguration.


    I don't want to crap all over your plans guys, but I think expecting to drive in the morning of and attend is unfeasible. If at all possible you should figure out a way to take Metro into the city.

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  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    hakk, without pause I'd bring anyone able to go, but this negative nancy argument has gotten to me. I guess I'll write my rep?

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  • kildykildy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    tempting, since mom lives in Silver Spring, but still. That's gotta be a hellish crowd, and the metro will be stressed to the breaking point. Also: cold.

    HD TV counts as witnessing an event, right?

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  • DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    kildy wrote: »
    tempting, since mom lives in Silver Spring, but still. That's gotta be a hellish crowd, and the metro will be stressed to the breaking point. Also: cold.

    HD TV counts as witnessing an event, right?

    I'm hoping this will be streamed live online......

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