Entries in Inauguration (3)


No Credible Threats Identified Against Monday's Inauguration

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- No credible threats have been identified ahead of Monday's presidential inauguration.  But authorities say they are mindful of what happened in Algeria and the desires of al Qaeda, its sympathizers and lone-wolves.

To protect President Obama and the public, thousands of military and law enforcement personnel will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Monday.  SWAT teams, biochemical response units and snipers will also be on hand.

Portions of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers have been shut down and the Coast Guard will patrol the waterways from air and by boat.  A no-fly zone will also be enforced by U.S. military fighter jets and an array of other aircraft.

Authorities will be using surveillance cameras throughout the city to monitor the crowd, which will include undercover police and federal agents .

The 57th Presidential Inauguration is a National Special Security Event, meaning the Secret Service will be overseeing all efforts to keep the president and audience safe.

The goal is to maintain situational awareness -- at all cost.

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Northeast Cuisine Dominates Menu for Inauguration Luncheon

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, released a plan for the Inauguration luncheon Wednesday featuring New England chowder and New York wines.

As in 2009, the menu starts with a soup course, continues to an entree and ends with a fruit-and-dairy dessert.

The luncheon outlines a wine pairing with the first and second courses, both including grapes from Schumer’s home state of New York. The last course features a Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne from California.

The 2009 luncheon, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., exclusively featured West Coast wines and the same California champagne.

By law, beverages sold in the United States that are not made in the Champagne region of France cannot be called champagne, but long-time producers like Korbel, the one that produced the bubbly at the luncheon, receive a reprieve from the rule as long as they include the state’s name in the drink’s title, France24 reported.

The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

First Course:

  • Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder
  • Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards and Newt Red Cellars, Tierce 2010 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Second Course:

  • Hickory Grilled Bison with Wild Huckleberry Reduction and Red Potato Horseradish Cake
  • Bedell Cellars, 2009 Merlot, North Fork, Long Island

Third Course:

  • Hudson Valley Apple Pie, Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
  • Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California

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JFK Delivered Famous Inaugural Address 50 Years Ago

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Fifty years ago, on January 20, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was sworn in as the nation’s 35th president.

On that frigid day, Kennedy braved the elements without an overcoat to deliver a speech promoting his “New Frontier” as he became the first World War II-era commander in chief.

The most repeated line from his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” may be the most memorable passage from any speech given by a new president before or since that day.

It is an appeal for Americans to put aside their personal interests to work for the betterment of all.

Kennedy was only 43 years old at the time of his inauguration.  He was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

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