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Is This Obama Style Patriotism?

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Inauguration Leftovers.

Inauguration Leftovers.

Is This Obama Style Patriotism?

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Jason R. Bootie

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January 23, 2009 at 1:19 AM

Homeless Not Welcome in D.C. for Obama’s Inauguration!!

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Well I guess helping to end the homeless problems in American is not as important as so many folks say it is.  Rather than start with “Change” which could be a smaller event of Inaugural festivals, 8 figures will be spend on an event that lasts maybe 30mins.  Well I can’t wait to see the rest of his change.  (And I’m sure folks will say oh but why make the black president change and tone the excessive celebrations.  To them I say, why not have “The Messiah”, LEAD by example?  If anything is change, that would be.)

Washington’s homeless told to move along for inauguration

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Before sunrise on Thursday, Frank Mearns will leave the place he calls home, a stone’s throw from the White House, and join thousands of others in Washington who are upping sticks and moving out for the presidential inauguration.

But Mearns isn’t about to make a quick buck by renting out his pied-a-terre. Nor is he heading out of town on an inauguration escape holiday.

He’s one of Washington’s army of homeless who are being cleared from the center of the US capital ahead of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

“There’s a sweep on Thursday at 5:00 am,” Mearns said.

“Everyone’s got to be out of here and stay out until next Thursday,” the 37-year-old said.

“Here” is a space on 14th Street and New York Avenue, in the heart of a zone in the center of Washington that will be closed to traffic and heavily policed during the inauguration.

“Here” is also home to Mearns and a dozen other homeless people each night.

Five of his fellow street dwellers work full-time but can’t afford to pay the high rents in the Washington area. Another is a man who was displaced from his home in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. And there are a handful of women in the group.

“There’s a lady who’s been on the streets for 10 years and been raped seven times. She sleeps next to the guy from Katrina and if he’s not here, she sleeps somewhere else. She sleeps here for safety. She doesn’t know where she’ll go next week,” Mearns told AFP.

According to Michael O’Neill of the National Coalition for the Homeless, up to 1,200 people live rough in the security zone, including on Pennsylvania Avenue, the grand boulevard which the inaugural parade will march down.

The effort to clear the streets of Washington of its homeless population was unlike anything that former homeless man David Pirtle has witnessed.

“I was on the streets when George W. Bush had his second inauguration in 2005 and it was nothing like this. There were no large-scale sweeps. I slept on Pennsylvania Avenue the night before and the night after the inauguration,” said the 34-year-old who now works for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

“But as hard as the administration is going to try to make this look sanitary, the homeless are not going to be invisible. You can’t make 6,000-12,000 people disappear,” he said, citing official figures for homelessness in Washington-proper and the greater metropolitan area, including suburbs in Virginia and Maryland.

A dozen shelters will be open round-the-clock in Washington from Sunday until Wednesday, the day after Obama takes office, to provide temporary housing for the homeless.

The shelters will be equipped with televisions, showing live coverage of Obama’s swearing-in.

But they have only around 2,800 beds. And “things happen” in shelters, according to Mearns, who will be staying with an activist friend for the week.

Between one and two million people are expected to pour into Washington, a city of 400,000, for the inauguration, some paying tens of thousands of dollars a night for a hotel room and to attend lavish inaugural balls.

Given the huge numbers expected, unprecedented security measures are being put in place to try to ensure that the January 20 inauguration runs smoothly and safely.

“I don’t fault the people who are putting this together for trying to make it a safe event because if there are a couple of million people crammed into the middle of Washington, it could be a target for something,” Pirtle said.

“But you can do it and work with the community,” he added.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty has estimated that the inauguration will cost the city some 47 million dollars (35 million euros), while Maryland and Virginia have estimated their outlay at 12 million and 16 million dollars respectively.

“We are showing our priorities as a nation: throwing a multi-million dollar party while trying to shovel our poor and our homeless under the carpet,” Pirtle said.

“It’s an inauspicious start to our new administration of hope that Obama wants to work for,” he added, blaming city and security officials rather than the president-elect, who he said was “stuck in the middle.

Presidential Inauguration Committee spokesman Kevin Griffiths said he would “check what our interaction has been with the local authorities about the homeless,” and stressed that the organizers have been at pains to make the historic investiture as inclusive as possible.

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Military Will Be On Alert During Inauguration!

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Via (LATIMES)

Military to be on high alert for inauguration

About 11,500 troops, including chemical attack experts, will join the security detail as Obama takes the oath of office.

Reporting from Washington — The U.S. military will be on high alert during Barack Obama’s inauguration, increasing air defenses and deploying chemical attack experts and medical units, a general said Wednesday.

Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., who heads the military command that oversees security for North America, said the Defense Department had not been told of specific Inauguration Day threats. Nonetheless, he said, the armed services must be ready.

“It would make news for a terrorist element or rogue element to interrupt that event,” Renuart said. “So it is prudent to plan for the possibility of that event and to deter it or to respond to it.”

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Nickelodeon is Planning What??

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I don’t care how many votes they had.  There will be plenty of coverage without having to take off the cartoons and making the children have one less channel to watch for a certain length of time on Jan. 20th 2009.

Why not just put the inauguration on every channel on the TV?

Kids network Nickelodeon planning its first ever inauguration coverage

NEW YORK – The Nickelodeon TV, the children’s network, is getting ready to cover its first presidential inauguration.

After an unprecedented 2.2 million people voted in Nick’s online election for kids, the network figured there was interest among its audience in Barack Obama’s inauguration. Its young reporters, J.J. and Lily Collins, will be in Washington for the Jan. 20 event.

The reporters will try to offer some historical perspective for its young viewers and will show clips of Obama’s first speech as president.

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Jason R. Bootie

Obama to Have Picture on Credit Cards Next?

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Just when you thought the obsession with “The Messiah” was slowing down.  Wow folks this is getting more, and more ridiculous.  Soon there will be an opportunity to have Obama on any card you want.  I mean come on this is just a disgusting display of Obsession.

I’m sure there will be plenty of Obama Kool Aid Drinkers who will just snatch them up.

Obama’s Mug on D.C. Subway Cards for Inauguration

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New SmartTrip Cards Have Obama Mugshot

New SmartTrip Cards Have Obama Mugshot

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 21, 2008 at 12:18 AM

D.C. Banks Can Only Bend so far Before Breaking!

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Soaring costs for inauguration could break the bank for D.C.

In 2005, with an estimated 300,000 in attendance, the second inauguration of President Bush cost the city more than $17 million, some of which was reimbursed with federal funds. This year, officials estimate nearly five times that many people for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama.

Change and Hope we can ALL Believe in!  And I thought we are so bad off in our Economy?  Obama apparently doesn’t feel that way.

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 20, 2008 at 2:03 AM

Why wait till Jan. 20th anymore? Let’s make it Dec.

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November 19, 2008 at 1:46 AM

First in line no guarantee for inaugural tickets

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Well you don’t think we should expect anything different from the city we are suppose to rely?

First in line no guarantee for inaugural tickets

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 16, 2008 at 11:39 AM