Longtime DT reader Buck sends word that infants and kids may have a rough go of it at Obama's inauguration next month. The US Capitol Police have banned baby strollers, backpacks, thermoses and large bags from the secured audience area around the Capitol during the swearing-in ceremony. Then there's this:
Direct questions regarding the admittance of items required for child care to the U.S. Capitol Police at 202-512-1226.I tried calling a couple of times and got voicemail, so no word on what kinds of food or drink is permitted, or whether Baby Bjorns or slings will be allowed. Still, I'm sure that the GWU grad student who's renting you his walk-in closet for $5,000/night will be happy to watch the kid for, say, an additional $2,500/hr.
The Swearing-in Ceremony is a outdoor event held on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Inauguration day is typically cold--normally 37° F at noon--and occasionally wet.
Extra consideration should be taken when planning to bring infants, young children, the elderly, or anyone with a weakened immune system. A vast majority of attendees will be in standing room sections and should be prepared to be on their feet for several hours.
Inaugural 2009 | Plan Your Trip [inaugural.senate.gov]