"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Back in July, we decided no matter who was going to stand on the West Front of the United States Capitol and deliver these words, we were going to be there in person. On Friday, January 20th, 2017, President-elect, Donald Trump, will take the oath of office and become the 45th President of the United States.
800,000 people are expected to embark on the city for the 58th Presidential Inauguartion. We will head to the National Mall to watch this historic event in person. The only thing that worries me more than standing in the possible freezing tempertures for twleve plus hours with my nine-year-old is the logistics of getting around the city with that many people there.
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, etc will be ready to provide you with the best (and warmest) view of the day's events. However, typically none of these stations show any of the preparation that goes into the big event. They have already started building the stage for the inaugural address. On Thursday, January 19th, we will live-stream the sights and sounds in the National Mall and bring you a glimspe into the final preparations before the big event. We hope to be live around 9:30am CST. We have also reached out to Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst to meet with them during this live-streaming event.
We will be using Periscope to live-stream the event. Periscope allows easy access to video content via Twitter or a link. The other benefit to Periscope is the interactive feature. Viewers may comment or ask questions in real-time. The easiest way for you and your class to join us is to follow me on Twitter at @AnnaUpah. If you are not a Twitter user but you're still interested, I will send you a link to the event via email. Please CLICK HERE to fill out this brief survey if you're interested in joining.
I will also be taking a Ricoh Theta camera along. This camera has the ability to capture 360 degree photos and videos. If there is a specific monument or landmark you'd like your class to see in DC or NYC, please identify that landmark in the survey. I'll send a link of the photo/video to you upon our return. Earlier this year, Buddy and Brooke Berry shared Google Expeditions with the elementary staff. This camera will take the same type of image that Google Expeditions provides.
Below are links with information about inauguration ceremonies of the past.
Feel free to contact me with any specific questions!
Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration
The 58th Presidential Inauguration
Library of Congress Resource Guide - Inaugurations by President