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The road to the White House: Barack Obama's inauguration

January 20 2009

Washington is ready for the inauguration of the 44 th U.S. president. They start in the church service, on which Obama and his wife to arrive from the Hotel Hay-Adams, where he lives on the eve of his inauguration.

Then, on arriving at the White House, where he will meet George Bush, Jr.. After which both statesmen will proceed to the Congress, which begins at noon inauguration ceremony, during which Barack Obama will deliver a solemn speech.

Dedication to the presidency, "Barack Obama will be one of the most democratic and accessible event of its kind in American history. Even at the parade in front of the White House will be admitted on a specially erected podium 5,000 ordinary Americans. The remaining places will occupy lawmakers, diplomats and celebrities.

Of tickets for the ceremony for "mere mortals" to sell even the Internet. True, the tickets, which cost just $ 25, will soon run out. Later, they came from speculators already on a completely different price.

On the occasion of the inauguration in the capital of the United States will arrive more than 2 million people from more than 100 countries, including Russia. Official delegation of our country will be Russia's Ambassador to the United States. This is the first such large-scale presidential inauguration in the United States.

So at a ceremony attended by elected predecessor, Obama is not more than half a million people. Even at the inauguration of Lyndon Johnson - has the most crowded in history - gathered in a little more than a million viewers. In the city where he lives 600 000 people, has already been declared a special regime. The procedure provides besides 30,000 thousand military intelligence personnel.

Increased, despite the crisis, prices in hotels, although at a distance of several kilometers from the Capitol all the rooms are already sold out long ago anyway. Left home only for private landlords who offer their meters for absolutely fabulous money. Increased prices in restaurants, clubs and similar establishments.
At the ceremony, the audience will see not only Obama and his wife, as well as Vice President Joseph Biden, and the mother but the new head of state, which will also settle in the space the White House.

After taking the oath the president and his family will proceed in a limousine to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. On the sides of the street it will be welcomed at least half a million enthusiastic countrymen.

The White House will be given a festive dinner. And then Barack Obama and his wife go to balls that give this day in Washington on a variety of corporations.

The cost of the inaugural ceremony, more than $ 100 million. However, the event is not only unprofitable, and sure to bring a considerable amount of money in the treasury of the United States.

Alexander Gray

p> Андрей Гальперин

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