National Mall Opens for Barack Obama’s Inauguration
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
This unprecedented step offers by President-elect Obama is another change from previous presidential inaugurations by allowing the public to fill the Mall. Traditionally, the Mall has been closed off for a parade staging area during the Inauguration.
The National Park Service has announced that jumbo TV screens will line the Mall to give the public the opportunity to view Mr. Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. The Park Service officials estimated about 2 million people will be in attendance.
Additionally, the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue will open its doors to offer visitors a warm viewing place along the parade route. Ms. Susan Bennett, spokesperson of Newseum, says that the officials have approved plans to open the museum from 10 am to 10 pm on Inauguration Day.
The Newseum building has several balconies with prime views of Pennsylvania Avenue. TV networks have already reserved the outdoor balconies with views of the Capitol for their uses.
Tickets will be sold on the Newseum website. Apply to volunteer for the Inaugural events.
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