Going To DC For The Inaguration?

Are you heading to DC next month for Barack Obama's historic inauguration on Jan. 20th? The full schedule of the day is listed HERE and, per First Read, the inauguration congressional committee has some new recommendations for those who have tickets...

The swearing-in program will begin at 11:30 a.m., so that the oath of office can be administered to Barack Obama at noon, as the Constitution requires.

Security checkpoints for ticketed guests open at 8 a.m., and the committee recommends that ticket holders arrive no later than 9 a.m. to get through screening.

...and for those who don't...

"Getting to the swearing-in ceremonies that morning will be very difficult because of the large crowds. In addition to the 240,000 ticketed guests, a million or more people are expected to view the inauguration from the National Mall, along with hundreds of thousands of others who plan on watching the Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue."

Another tip: rain or shine, no umbrellas allowed.

And if you're in town Monday night, please come by the Netroots Nation blogger ball. MyDD is co-hosting and tickets are just $90, which includes hors d'oeuvres and four drink tickets.

Details:

Netroots Nation Yes We Can Party

An evening of celebration, carousing, eating and drinking with fellow members of the progressive community

Co-hosted by AmericaBlog, Congress Matters, Firedoglake, Fivethirtyeight.com, Frameshop, Jack & Jill Politics, and MyDD

Monday, January 19, 2009
7 p.m. to midnight
The Clarendon Ballroom
3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA
Just 3 miles from downtown DC // Accessible by the Metro (Orange line)

Get your ticket HERE. Hope to see you there.

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Two Reasons to Sustain the Warren Outrage

I generally applaud civility, moderation, and recognition of complexity when responding to political phenomena.  Outrage has become increasingly commonplace in our political culture and often seems cynically manipulated to impede progress.  Accordingly, my appreciation for moderation in the tenor of engagements, if not necessarily in political goals and convictions, has increased over the past year.  Yet with regard to Obama's inviting Rick Warren to deliver the invocation that will open his inauguration, I see moral and political validity in voicing outrage.

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Netroots Nation Inauguration "Yes We Can" Party

What would the inauguration of the first post-blogosphere Democratic president be without a blogger ball to help celebrate the occasion? Netroots Nation is doing the honors and we here at MyDD are proud to be co-hosts of the event. As far as I know, all of us will be there, so please come out and join us. You can purchase tickets for $90 HERE.

Details are below:

Netroots Nation Yes We Can Party

An evening of celebration, carousing, eating and drinking with fellow members of the progressive community

Co-hosted by AmericaBlog, Congress Matters, Firedoglake, Fivethirtyeight.com, Frameshop, Jack & Jill Politics, and MyDD

Monday, January 19, 2009
7 p.m. to midnight
The Clarendon Ballroom
3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA
Just 3 miles from downtown DC // Accessible by the Metro (Orange line)

Tickets are $90 (includes hors d'oeuvres and four drink tickets).

Get yours at netrootsnation.com/yeswecanparty.

Hope to see you there!

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Lesbian and Gay Bands to march in Inaugural Parade

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, a confederation of LGBT bands throughout the world, has been invited to perform in the inaugural parade.

Probably we can expect to be skipped over in the televised coverage (at least of Fox News...), but everyone along the parade route can expect to see 175 LGBT musicians, drum majors, flag team members and twirlers proudly marching in the parade behind their "Lesbian and Gay Band Association" banner.

In 1992 and 1996, the LGBA massed band was seated along the parade route and entertained the nearby crowd before the parade; this is the first time we (or any other gay group) will march in the parade. [On the other hand, when we were seated along the route, it meant that President Clinton walked by us and gave us a thumbs up -- which was quite an emotional moment for us all. I suspect being in the line of march means we won't actually see President Obama, but such is the price of visibility to the rest of the crowd.]

It's a small gesture, but I hope it signals that we'll actually get the high level of support from an Obama administration that we expect (things like the McClurkin incident aside).

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Netroots at the Inauguration

Yesterday The New York Times wrote up the Netroots Nation YES WE CAN Inauguration Party, co-hosted by MyDD and other lefty blogs.

Add the netroots to the list of those who will be partying at Barack Obama's inauguration next month.

Netroots Nation, an organization of progressive bloggers and activists who use technology to do political work -- not all of whom supported Mr. Obama -- sent out invitations Monday for a party in Arlington, Va., on Monday, Jan. 19, the day before Mr. Obama is sworn in.

"We blogged. We phone banked. We knocked on doors. We campaigned. We organized. We left it all on the road. And now, we celebrate!" says the invitation. The cost is $90 and more than 500 people are expected to attend.

The party, co-hosted by several progressive blogs, including Firedoglake, Fivethirtyeight and myDD, will be preceded by a panel discussion on the role of the netroots and technology during the Obama administration.

The party is going to be a great time. I know that I will be there, along with most of the MyDD blogging crew -- as well as a whole bevy of bloggers and other progressive activists. Will you be in DC the night before Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America? If so, we'd love to see you at the YES WE CAN party, so sign up today.

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