Hammers and Helicopters: Getting Ready for Inauguration

In Washington, we know how to do big events. Between marches and international meetings, we have lots of practice. But nothing beats an inauguration. While we’re months away from inauguration day, there’s lots to do to prepare. Above carpenters from the Architect of the Capitol’s office construct the platform where the swearing-in will take place on January 20.

Closer to home, this helicopter (photo: USAF) has been rattling our walls as it flies 150 feet above us at 80 mph. It’s from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and it’s taking baseline measurements of naturally occurring radiation. As the inauguration gets closer, the measurements will be retaken. Any increase in radiation levels could be a sign of a terrorist weapon. It’s all just part of living in Washington.

 

David Shaw

When not showing visitors the District (that’s what residents call Washington) I enjoy reading, grilling, and traveling. I’ve been to nineteen countries and every state except Idaho and Nebraska. I am a Certified Master Guide of the Guild of Professional...

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Above It All - Washington National Cathedral

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Hidden on Capitol Hill

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Embassy Row: Divinity & Diplomats

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