It’s my first time being in D.C. for an inauguration so I have no experience to draw on, but it really doesn’t feel like there is a big event on Friday. Sure, I’ve seen people setting up for the event. But I’ve certainly seen much bigger crowds (both on the street and the Metro) during the busy summer tourist months.
The city, honestly, feels a little empty and less energized to me. It seems there are other people who feel the same.
Maybe people are planning on flying in today?
If you are coming into town for the inauguration or for the Women’s March, here’s a quick roundup of things that might be helpful.
First, the weather is supposed to be rainy on Friday and is predicted to be 55 and sunny on Saturday. (Note: You likely can’t take your umbrella into the ticketed area so make sure you have a rain jacket or poncho.)
The Washington Post did a roundup of all the events going on and also noted that the schedule of events is rather “compact.” If you’re planning to come to D.C. for the inauguration or for the Women’s March, you might keep that handy. The list also includes some of the “counter-programmed” events for those who do not support the president-elect.
Also, you might want to check out this story about what you should know if you’re planning to use the Metro. (For the love of all that is holy, please stand right and walk left on the escalators!)
The Wall Street Journal notes there are far fewer inaugural balls this year, but one, in particular, only costs $50. So if you’re in town and always wanted to say you attended an inaugural ball, here’s your affordable chance!
And you might bookmark this list of restaurants who are giving back over the weekend.
What else is in the news around Washington:
Accountability by FOIA: The Huffington Post used FOIA to request records about communication between the office of House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and the Office of Government Ethics. (You might remember that Chaffetz sent OGE director Walter Shaub a threatening letter about his public remarks concerning Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest.) Turns out, Chaffetz’s office reportedly skipped a meeting with OGE. (BTW, The Salt Lake Tribune reports registered voters in Utah would like Chaffetz to investigate Trump’s conflicts by a margin of two to one.)
Transition news: The White House issued a list of what will happen to all the social media accounts of White House staffers. It’s a sign of the times that this is part of the transition. Anyhow, it’s an interesting and extensive list and provides information about how to follow those staffers in the future.
Becoming Trump: I meant to include this Monday, but Politico has a fascinating article about Phillippe Reines, the Hillary staffer who went full “method acting” to play Donald Trump in her debate prep.
Note: This is my first week back in class so forgive me if, between school and the events happening around Washington, my posts are a little shorter and sporadic this week. I’ll get into a schedule soon, I promise!
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