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Inauguration Prompts State of Emergency

By January 15, 2009

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President Bush declared that “an emergency exists in the District of Columbia,” in authorizing federal money to assist the District of Columbia in saving lives and protecting public health and safety during the inauguration of President Barak Obama on January 20.

Inevitably, some of the more than 2 million people expected to attend the inaugural events will need life-saving, because they will be very excited and very, very cold. Temperatures are expected to be near freezing, with a chance of snow.

While Congress had previously appropriated $15 million to help the District of Columbia with inauguration security and related needs, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s office told the Washington Post that the District would actually need at least $47 million to cover the District’s costs. Availability of the emergency funding authorized by President Bush will run from January 17 - 21.

Along with heightened security, most streets into the District of Columbia will be closed to traffic during the inauguration, with only taxis given access to bridges.

Also See:
The First Presidential Inauguration
George Washington's First Inaugural Address

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