Back In Four

22 02 2009

Inauguration DayIts been just over a month since inaugural insanity gripped Washington, DC. The happy feeling was tangible for days before and after, and it was so exciting to see so many people come together in celebration of a common cause in my adopted hometown. For now the celebrations have subsided, and more serious matters are once again the focus of the nation’s capitol. But for me and many others, the feeling that sprang from this year’s inauguration hasn’t completely left us–people are volunteering to help others, paying more attention to politics, and doing more than ever to be a part of the solution to whatever our problems are. I personally will spend the next few years doing the same, until its time for the inaugural insanity to start all over again.


Luda and Dionne Dis DC?

31 01 2009

Perhaps it was the pricey tickets or the weird combination of legends like Dionne Warwick and rappers like Ludacris, but apparently their much hyped American Music inaugural balls scheduled to happen Jan. 20th never took place, according to the folks over at BizBash. Not enough people hankering to party with either of them for $400 is my guess at what did the event in… Oh well, they have four years to get it together for next time.

Pissed Off Purple Ticket Holder?

22 01 2009

Fox 5 News in DC reported today that inaugural ticketholders who were turned away from the big event on Tuesday will be eligible for a special token to make up for the drama they experienced:

housands of people trying to get to the inauguration are left stranded in the 3rd Street Tunnel under the National Mall on January 20, 2009 (photo submitted by Anna Della Subin to the Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom Facebook group page)

Thousands of people trying to get to the inauguration are left stranded in the 3rd Street Tunnel under the National Mall on January 20, 2009 (photo submitted by Anna Della Subin to the "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom" Facebook group page)

WASHINGTON — The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies says ticket holders who were blocked from entering the swearing-in ceremony will receive commemorative inaugural items.

Thousands of ticket holders were kept waiting in a tunnel below the National Mall on Tuesday. Others say access to the U.S. Capitol grounds was cut off.

Committee spokeswoman Carole Florman says those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn’t make it in will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program; photos of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden; and a color print of the ceremony.

She says people should check the committee’s Web site early next week for instructions on how to claim their items.

Authorities say they are reviewing what happened.

Woman Rescued from Metro Tracks Tuesday Morning

21 01 2009

Usually hearing someone came in contact with Metro tracks doesn’t end in good news, but on Tuesday a Houston police officer gave one woman a happy ending after she fell onto the tracks at Gallery Place/Chinatown.

From Metro’s press release:

Houston officer makes inaugural rescue

An officer from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (Houston Metro) helped rescue a woman who had fallen onto the tracks at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station earlier today (January 20).

While patrolling the Red Line platform at the station around 9:15 a.m., Officer Eliot Swainson, a 15-year veteran of the Houston Metro Police Department, heard people yelling that a person was on the tracks. “I turned around and saw a lady standing in the track area,” Swainson said.

He rushed to the woman and with the assistance of a Metro rider, they reached down to try to pull her up from the tracks, but were unable to as a Red Line train heading toward Glenmont was pulling into the station. “The train was coming in closer,” Swainson said. At that point, “I pushed her down and got her tucked down under the platform.” He directed the woman to remain in the crawl space beneath the granite platform edge for safety.

“Due to Officer Swainson’s quick response, the woman was not seriously injured,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn. “He did exactly what was expected, and we are enormously grateful for his actions.”

The 68-year-old Nashville woman was not hit by the approaching train. An emergency response crew pulled her out from under the platform and took her to an area hospital with injuries that were not believed to be serious.

Officers from 18 transit properties across the country joined the Metro Transit Police today to help provide security for the Metro riders on Inauguration Day. After being deputized to police in Washington area on Monday, Jan. 19, the officers received a safety briefing from the Metro Transit Police about what to expect and what to do in emergency situations.

During the morning incident, Red Line riders faced major delays. Normal service resumed around 10:15 a.m.

To view an interview with Officer Swainson, please visit

Mambo for Obama Discount Tix Available

17 01 2009

The fine folks putting on the Mambo for Obama have added a new cheaper ticket price for the Sunday night event:

We now offer a fourth ticket option. It’s for those on a little tighter budget or those who are attending other balls or galas that want a place to party when that event ends (we will be open to 4:00am). To view and purchase that ticket OR one of the other options, please visit

-Admission after 11pm or with ticket from another ball or gala
-Complimentary Wine and Champagne until 12am
-Performance by Orquesta La Leyenda
-Dancing until 4am with DJ Bruno

Obama That One Discount Tix Available!

17 01 2009

I’ve gotten this email a few times in the last 24 hours. If you want to hit what sounds like a fun event at 50% off, here are the details:

50% off on all ticket levels, JUST FOR YOU, to make sure you are all there to celebrate history in the making!

Come out and celebrate “Obama: That One!” with me this Sunday, January 18th at Newseum, the world’s most interactive, state-of-the-art news museum and THE HOTTEST VENUE in Washington D.C.  We have put together an incredible evening of entertainment hosted by Broadway’s own Omar Edwards and honoring the Who’s Who and tastemakers of this amazing era – Hill Harper, Beverly Bond, John Rhea, Senator Roland Burris and Kimatni Rawlins.

Once the awards are over, be prepared to party the night away with Beverly Bonds as she takes command of the stage to bring you the hottest music as we celebrate President-elect Obama, the Change Movement and the New Year!  Go to to purchase tickets – use Coupon Code life4obama and Host Code 41899.  I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday!

Map and Ticket Information for Swearing-in Ceremonies

11 01 2009

capitol-jan-10If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for next week’s swearing in, new information on where to go and what to do on Tuesday is available courtesy of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

A few key changes: security gates will now be open at 8am rather than 9am to ensure everyone the 240,000 ticketed guests can get to their seats, and when you pick up your tickets, take note of the color and check out the map to find your entrance.

Inauguration of the President: JCCIC Releases Map and Ticket Information for Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies.

I stopped by the Capitol last night to check out the status of the construction, and just take it all in before the big events happen next week. There was definitely some sort of energy there–if its possible for something to feel historic, I think that was it! Of course, it would have been great if we were at the other end of the Mall to see the Obamas pay a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, or at Ben’s Chili Bowl when PEBO got a half smoke with Mayor Fenty.