Second thoughts about attending the inauguration? Try the TV
If the prospect of walking for miles in icy temperatures and heavy security is giving you second thoughts about attending the inauguration, Barack Obama has a suggestion.
Watch it on TV.
Or the Internet.
“You’ve probably heard the reports that unprecedented numbers of Americans are planning to join us in Washington,” Obama said Wednesday in a statement released by Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009.
“That will mean long lines, a tough time getting around, and most of all, a lot of walking on what could be a very cold winter day,” Obama warned.
“Fortunately, you don’t have to brave the crowds and commotion in order to participate in this celebration — because we’ve made this inauguration open and accessible to communities across our nation.”
Accessibility has a name: TV. Events begin Sunday afternoon with a celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
“To allow Americans across the country to join us, HBO will broadcast the event for free that evening,” Obama said.
Then there will be an inaugural concert for kids Monday evening. Disney Channel will broadcast that one live — on radio and TV.
And on inauguration day, ABC will broadcast an inaugural ball — the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball — on TV and the Internet.
If watching on television makes you feel a bit left out, you can sign up to host your own neighborhood ball at home. There’s even a website: pic2009.com.
“We want you to be right there with us — wherever your neighborhood is,” Obama said.
Looking for still more? The president-elect has another suggestion: On Martin Luther King Day, do some community service work.
Don’t know where or how? Yup, there’s a website: USAservice.org.
Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at his office on Wednesday); Reuters/Jim Young (Fence around the U.S. Capitol as inaugural construction work continues)