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Inauguration 2013: Security Tight For Festivities
President Obama is being sworn in – ceremonially – for his second term in office today, and security in the nation’s capital is tight for the day’s festivities.
FOX’s Catherine Herridge reports from the National Mall in our ongoing series on national security:
The Secret Service command center is at an undisclosed location here in the Washington area. It is the main coordination center for real-time information. Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters that months of planning is involved.
(Napolitano) “Starting on Sunday, it will operate continuously through the inaugural events and including over into Tuesday, January 22nd. Protecting an event this large, complex, with this many different venues, with this number of people coming, requires a lot of coordination and a lot of organization.”
The latest information is that there is no credible or specific threat to the inauguration, but the intelligence is constantly being assessed.
On the National Mall, Catherine Herridge, FOX News Radio.
Security will be made easier by a smaller crowd than four years ago, and officials are also hoping to avoid snafus of the President’s first inauguration.
FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson reports from Washington:
It was the infamous purple ticket fiasco, where thousands were directed to an entrance only to find officials there denying them admittance. People like this man had to make other sudden plans:
(Purple Ticket Holder) “Find a train station, catch the Metro and go watch it on television.”
This time, the situation may be easier because, instead of nearly two million people, officials expect somewhere around 500,000 to witness President Obama take the Oath of Office for a second time.
In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.
After taking the Oath, President Obama will take to the podium, where officials say his speech won’t have the feel of a campaign stop.
FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:
White House officials say the President will draw upon some of the nation’s founding principles.
(Plouffe) “How our founding values and visions can still provide us, I think, a guiding pathway in a changing world.”
White House senior adviser David Plouffe on “FOX News Sunday” said the President will make the case for finding common ground, and as the debates in Washington have become more bitter, average Americans will have to lend their voices.
(Plouffe) “He’s going to talk about how the American people, if they’re not engaged in these debates and pushing Washington, progress and change won’t happen.”
Today’s address will be paired with next month’s State of the Union address, which will lay out the details of the President’s second term agenda.
At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.
If you’re going to the inauguration, you might be wondering: How do you get the most from a tiny camera at big events?
FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson got advice from a pro in Washington:
When you’re carrying 40 pounds of video camera with a huge telephoto lens, like FOX News White House photographer Brian Haefeli does every day, everything’s within your reach. However:
(Haefeli) “Most smart phones don’t have zoom lenses, so if you want to get closer to a subject, walk to it.”
But that doesn’t mean walk onto Pennsylvania Ave. in the middle of the Inaugural Parade, and it leads to tip #2: Don’t ignore what’s happening right next to you.
(Haefeli) “There’s a lot of side stories and other things besides the parade now. Of course, you want to shoot the President, but don’t forget the other things.”
In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.