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Capacity Crowd Will Close Checkpoints
Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2009 | Lena H. Sun

Posted on 01/13/2009 4:24:18 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner

Security officials will count the number of spectators arriving for the inaugural parade, and when the crowd reaches capacity, they will turn people away. Officials warned that could happen well before the parade begins between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

"Once the sidewalks on the north and south side of Pennsylvania Avenue reach capacity, at that point we will close our checkpoints so no more folks can get onto the parade route," said Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

He declined to say how many people would have to arrive to reach capacity. But according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment, capacity is expected to be between 280,000 and 300,000. That number will include only those people standing on the sidewalks; it does not include the 5,000 people who have tickets to sit on bleachers along the parade route. Officials estimate that at least 1.5 million and possibly more than 3 million people will attend the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bhoinauguration; coronation; inauguration; obama; usss
What a nightmare!!! DC has become the Forbidden City.
1 posted on 01/13/2009 4:24:18 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Will this victory celebration, like so many sports celebrations, turn into one big free-for-all?

How will Obamah's 'people' act with the world watching?

2 posted on 01/13/2009 4:27:40 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I suspect that the majority of these ‘3 million’ are also big fans of ‘American Idol’.


3 posted on 01/13/2009 4:27:41 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TexasCajun
How will Obamah's 'people' act with the world watching?

I wonder how many women have been 'selected' to 'faint' on camera during the inauguration?

4 posted on 01/13/2009 4:29:18 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TexasCajun

I predict all pomp, but very civil. I think it won’t break out until we start to get off edge, then the ride begins.


5 posted on 01/13/2009 4:29:47 AM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: who knows what evil?

Or heckle the scene, pretending to be Republicans.


6 posted on 01/13/2009 4:31:01 AM PST by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

A couple of my co-workers are in a reserve unit that has been activated to provide security. One of them told me that they expect I-95 to be effectively closed from north of Richmond all the way to Baltimore.


7 posted on 01/13/2009 4:32:40 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Here in Vermont the local high school band applied to play at the inaugural. They were given a spot, now they're begging everyone to give them $60,000.00 so they can get there!

Yes, $60,000.00. Just like the dems to go get something and then expect everybody else to pay for it!

8 posted on 01/13/2009 4:34:40 AM PST by sirchtruth (Gravity Of The Situation...)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

If roughly 300,000 is the capacity for the parade, what are the other 2,700,000 visitors in the city going to do? Hang out in bars and watch it on TV?


9 posted on 01/13/2009 4:36:51 AM PST by Tax-chick (To oppose the god of this world by lifting up Christ.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I have a dump-truck coming by this afternoon to drop ten thousand pounds of popcorn in a big pile in the driveway. I wonder if it’ll be enough.


10 posted on 01/13/2009 4:37:24 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Complete with an emperor.


11 posted on 01/13/2009 4:41:54 AM PST by relictele
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To: sirchtruth
Same here, only they have to raise $250,000 lol
Flight, lodging and food for 250 High Schoolers.
I doubt they will be attending the Immaculate Inauguration.

12 posted on 01/13/2009 4:45:40 AM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: Riley

Am I bad for hoping for some serious old-school December-January “football weather”? Snow, or even better, some sleet and freezing rain?


13 posted on 01/13/2009 4:48:03 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
To limit collateral damage?
14 posted on 01/13/2009 4:49:58 AM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Forbidden City = Washington DC

Priceless

15 posted on 01/13/2009 4:53:20 AM PST by bmwcyle (I have no President as of Jan 20th 2009. No Congress either.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Come on meteor! Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!


16 posted on 01/13/2009 4:57:50 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Tiffanys had better double the guard when the looting starts!


17 posted on 01/13/2009 4:58:36 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: All

Suspicious construction vehicles shut down DC, could this be the infamous concrete mixer truck bomb?

Pinging Tom Clancy!


18 posted on 01/13/2009 5:13:59 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: FreedomPoster
Am I bad for hoping for some serious old-school December-January “football weather”? Snow, or even better, some sleet and freezing rain?

I'm hoping for large hailstones.
19 posted on 01/13/2009 5:34:40 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

How much is this whole shebang costing us taxpayers. Or even the Innaugaration committee. Poor taste as many are laid off, lost money in markets etc. This should have been low key.
But what more can you expect from someone who thinks he is the second coming?


20 posted on 01/13/2009 5:40:12 AM PST by MarineMom613 (My son is My Hero!!!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

All hat and no cattle.


21 posted on 01/13/2009 7:13:12 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Joe Biden behind a microphone is like Ted Kennedy behind a steering wheel)
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To: who knows what evil?

And dancing with the stars.


22 posted on 01/13/2009 10:00:34 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Tax-chick
If roughly 300,000 is the capacity for the parade, what are the other 2,700,000 visitors in the city going to do? Hang out in bars and watch it on TV?

Bars are worried that their employees won't be able to make it in as the roads and metro will be overloaded.

23 posted on 01/13/2009 10:07:17 AM PST by Koblenz (The Dem Platform, condensed: 1. Tax and Spend. 2. Cut and Run. 3. Man on Man)
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So the other 2,700,000 people will just ... stand around in the cold, thinking peaceful thoughts ...

I’m starting to think turnout will be only a fraction of what they’re predicting.


24 posted on 01/13/2009 10:10:10 AM PST by Tax-chick (To oppose the god of this world by lifting up Christ.)
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