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The Moment – with Lincoln looking on

The significance of the Inauguration was not lost on its planners, with large screen televisions spread throughout The Mall, including parts that were not necessarily on the minds of most of the folks in town for the events. While an estimated 2 million in the main crowd shot, I thought maybe it would be nice to see it happen the way those of us who chose to watch with Abraham Lincoln’s memorial in the background did earlier this morning.

Obama Inspired Art in Georgetown

So besides finally realizing that the throngs of people are starting to arrive here in town, I’ve also found some very interesting free activities that have been available to visitors over the weekend. This exhibit closes tonight, but thanks to the fun of the web, and The Terminal’s YouTube channel, portions of it will live on for a little while longer…
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Yesterday’s scene in DC

I”m a little slow in posting videos, especially since this is the first one we’ve ever done as a website. Hopefully the scene explains why our coverage is including DC’s events.
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The Hub’s in DC

The Capitol gets ready for Tuesday 

Photo: The Capitol prepares for the Inauguration of Barack Obama. acnatta/Flickr

Well, I’ve actually been in the Nation’s Capitol since Friday evening – and I’m going to be here through early Wednesday morning. The city’s been buzzing since I drove in during the evening rush and the energy is just continuing to rise as millions of visitors funnel into Washington for Tuesday.

I’ll post photos as I can and I’ll see what other stories I can find while I’m here . The Terminal will see what it can do about covering issues closer to home for the next few days as well. If you happen to be in DC, I’ll be at SOVA Coffeehouse on H Street NE for a Flickr meetup Tuesday afternoon if you want to compare notes. If you’re in town, leave a comment and I’ll try to track you down too. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Your DC Inaugurational traffic warning

We’re aware that many of you will be watching the Inauguration from your home or from Boutwell Auditorium on January 20. Yours truly will actually be in the Nation’s Capital for the event (along with an estimated 2 million others) attempting to write for both The Terminal and my personal blog. For those of you joining me in traveling up there, a couple of notes. First of all, the folks at The Washington Post have provided this cool map showing where you can’t go with a car from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m. on January 20.

Check out The Post’s Inauguration Central for help with questions and info and look for me here on the Monday morning and over here by mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

City plans inauguration event for Kelly Ingram Park

One point that few people have brought up so far is that the nation will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just one day before it formally swears in its first African-American president (King’s actual birth date is January 15).

Now, considering how difficult it is to find even a one-way ticket to Washington, DC at a reasonable price for the January 20th events (possibly due to early estimates of at least 1 million people already making plans to attend), Birmingham city officials are planning to bring the inauguration to The Magic City – particularly historic Kelly Ingram Park.

This would undoubtedly also bring renewed national focus to the city’s annual events for the slain Civil Rights leader (including the Unity Breakfast). It also doesn’t seem to be nearly as controversial as plans currently underway in San Francisco for a similar event being organized by NextArts.org.