Inauguration Guide 2013

GW, renowned for service, leaps onto Obama’s challenge

The University is organizing a second service event to recognize the civil rights movement because the original date clashed with inauguration weekend. Students can volunteer with the Unite America in Service event Jan. 19, in addition to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Jan. 26. It is the first time the service day […]

GW pays $700,000 for ball, ad buys

Correction appended The University will spend almost $700,000 to throw an inaugural ball, dress up Union Station with GW billboards for D.C. visitors and advertise during a television broadcast of the parade. The expenditures total about $10,000 less than GW shelled out on the extravagant ball and much-hyped float in 2009, though Vice President for […]

Students snag invitations to Obama’s big night

Thousands of students will celebrate at GW’s Inaugural Ball next week, while two students share the dance floor with the first family. Sophomore Ross Rattanasena snagged a ticket to one of President Barack Obama’s two presidential inaugural balls this year through his internship at a nearby embassy. He said cheering on the president, and now […]

Swearing-in ceremony tips

The viewing grounds for the swearing-in ceremony stretch from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Only those with tickets have access to areas near the Capitol steps, but everyone else can fight for a view of one the many television monitors lining the Mall. Arrive early to avoid lines. You will need tickets and […]

With Obama center stage again, students take front row

The curtains are about to rise on Act II of Barack Obama’s presidency. Americans watched an up-and-down first act – filled with austere scenes of economic uncertainty and triumphant legislative battles – and now GW students have a front row seat to the start of his second term. Students’ excitement for hope and change may […]

Where to eat & drink in the district

Bars The Inaugural Parade is a celebration dating back to 1789. George Washington began his journey from Mount Vernon to New York, where he was sworn in. The parade got shorter over the years, as the swearing-in ceremony shifted to the Capitol, giving Washingtonians more time to drink afterward. We’re not ones to break tradition. […]

WMATA plans for inauguration crowds

Metro will add trains, raise fares and shut down some stations to deal with massive crowds during inauguration weekend. The system will operate on a rush schedule until 9 p.m. on Inauguration Day, which means the higher peak fares will take effect, with continuous trains running every hour. The Metro will also extend its hours […]

Inaugural parade tips

After leaving the Capitol grounds, crowds will line up along Pennsylvania Avenue for the inaugural parade. The tradition, started by the University’s namesake, draws millions to see the president and his right-hand man make the short journey to the White House surrounded by an array of floats and bands. Here are some tips on how […]

Duckworth to host veterans with Knapp

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., an alumna who has risen from wounded Iraq War soldier to newly inducted congresswoman, will join University President Steven Knapp to honor veterans Sunday. The ceremony at the F Street House, Knapp’s on-campus residence, will also include student veterans and prominent alumni with military experience to celebrate the armed forces on […]

From Rice Hall to rock and roll

Mike Morsberger’s job is usually getting potential donors to give GW millions of dollars. But at the Inaugural Ball, his biggest priority will be getting students to sing along with his rock songs. He will sing lead in a rock band called Deeds Not Words, joined by bassist and Center for Student Engagement director Tim […]