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Monday, January 21, 2013

Inauguration 2013: Idahoan at Swearing-In 'Moved by Unity and Diversity'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The vantage point of Conor Hilton and Dylan Ellsworth, both of Idaho, at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 21.
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  • The vantage point of Conor Hilton and Dylan Ellsworth, both of Idaho, at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 21.

Idahoans joined hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., earlier today to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office for his second term.

The crowd was estimated to have been much smaller today than it was for Obama's first inaugural ceremony in 2009, but around 10 a.m. this morning, the official 57th Presidential Inauguration app sent out a notification that parts of the mall were closed to those without tickets after reaching capacity. Those who were unable to get into the mall, where giant television screens and speakers displayed the ceremony for attendees, shuffled into the "overflow" area near the Washington Monument.

The Washington Post reports that Metro, the D.C. area's subway system, estimated usage at only 60 percent of 2009 numbers. However, at least one Metro station—L'Enfant Plaza just south of the mall—was so overwhelmed by crowds that it opened turnstiles to more swiftly move people out of the station.

Turnstiles were opened at LEnfant Metro station near the National Mall today to allow crowds through more quickly.
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  • Turnstiles were opened at L'Enfant Metro station near the National Mall today to allow crowds through more quickly.

At least one Idahoan had a great view of today's ceremonies. Conor Hilton, an Idaho Falls native and BYU student, attended the inauguration with his childhood friend and roommate Dylan Ellsworth. The two were among those who received tickets from Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo's office.

Of the ceremony, Hilton said:

"There was a special power added to hearing the president in person, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people, who share his vision for America. Obama's call for unity and a reminder that his duty is to God and the United States, not any political party or faction. I was moved by the unity and diversity on my every side—illustrating what happens when people share a vision for the future, inspired by faith. It was incredible. Unforgettable."


Additionally, Garden Valley resident and small business owner Greg Simione was on the National Mall Monday to witness the inauguration with his business partner Gerold Dennett. Simione told Boise Weekly:

"It was exhilarating to see and feel the process. Our view was not the best but as we waited the energy grew and grew and that made the trip worthwhile. [There was] lots of cheering, lots of smiles and even tears of joy. Most impressive was the number of children. We are exhausted yet so happy we made the trip."

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Inauguration 2013: Boise Firefighters Ready For Moment in Spotlight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

This photo was snapped outside of the Pentagon, moments before Boise Firefighters Pipes and Drums - in full regalia - prepared to join firefighters from throughout Idaho to march in Monday afternoon's Inauguration Day parade in Washington, D.C..

Nearly 30 firefighters will march down Pennsylvania Avenue and ultimately in front of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families.

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Meridian firefighters joined firemen from throughout Idaho to march in the 2013 Inauguration Day Parade.
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  • Meridian firefighters joined firemen from throughout Idaho to march in the 2013 Inauguration Day Parade.

Here's Boise Weekly's Rachael Daigle's full report - and video - of the firefighters' preparations:

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Jan. 20, 2013


A group of Idaho firefighters gathered under the early morning sun in the parking lot of a Marriott hotel in Maryland Sunday. But they weren't practicing firefighting; they were marching.

In their final rehearsal before Monday's inaugural parade celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, the members of the Professional Firefighters of Idaho's pipes and drums corps—which includes bagpipers, drummers and the honor guard—lined up and marched up and down the aisles of the hotel's lot as hotel guests and neighbors looked on.

After undergoing background checks, a total of 27 Idaho firefighters from all over Idaho traveled to the Washington, D.C., area to represent Idaho in Monday's festivities.

"It hit me when were were in front of the White House yesterday looking at the blue line for us to follow," said 35-year-old Eagle firefighter Rob Shoplock. It wasn't until that moment that Shoplock realized the magnitude of the event and the size of the audience they'd be planning for.

Shoplock, who is also the executive vice president of the Professional Firefighters of Idaho and lobbies on its behalf, was approached by Idaho Democratic Party head Sally Boynton Brown to march in a parade.

"I agreed thinking it was Capital Boulevard in Boise," joked Shoplock. The next day, he said, he opened his email inbox to find correspondence from the Secret Service. Shoplock then called Mike Menlove, who went to work putting together the band from all over the state.

For some members of the group, this trip is the first time they've been to D.C. Ucon firefighter Mark Henderson, who is a member of the honor guard, is visiting for the first time and said it was humbling to walk down the street where the band will play.

Others in the group are used to playing for thousands. Marcus Rainey, a 12-year veteran the Boise Fire Department and bass player in the corps, travels to Savannah, Ga., every year to play for as many as 10,000 people for St. Patrick's Day. Rainey, who voted for Obama, said he hopes that in his next term the president will refrain from putting gun control in Congressional hands and will continue to support union rights and labor.

"We're all good union men here, and we support him," said Rainey.

When Boise Weekly first interviewed the firefighters about their inaugural performance, however, Menlove noted that it's not about politics.

"This parade isn't about Republican, Democrat, Independents or Tea Parties. It's about America and our country and our patriotism," he said.

Boise firefighter Mike Menlove (left) and Eagle firefighter Rob Shoplock (right) in D.C.
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  • Boise firefighter Mike Menlove (left) and Eagle firefighter Rob Shoplock (right) in D.C.

Firefighters from Boise, Meridian, Lewiston and Idaho Falls will march in the Jan. 21 Inaugural Parade.
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  • Firefighters from Boise, Meridian, Lewiston and Idaho Falls will march in the Jan. 21 Inaugural Parade.

Firefighters from Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Lewiston and Idaho Falls will march in the Jan. 21 Inaugural Parade.
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  • Firefighters from Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Lewiston and Idaho Falls will march in the Jan. 21 Inaugural Parade.

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Inauguration 2013: Idahoans Journey to D.C. to Watch History Repeat Itself

"I don't know where I'll be in four years or if I'll ever have a chance to just drop what I'm doing and go to the inauguration again so I figured I might as well take the chance."

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In addition to the group of nearly 30 firefighters who will march in the Inaugural Parade as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21, a number of Idahoans have traveled to the nation's capital to witness the celebration.

And some of them will have a pretty decent view thanks to the Idaho Congressional delegation. Each state's congressional offices are given tickets to inaugurations to disperse to the pubic, and this year, the Idaho delegation pooled their tickets and gave them away through Sen. Mike Crapo's office.

Among those who were awarded tickets to President Barack Obama's second inauguration were a pair of longtime Idaho Falls friends who are currently students at Brigham Young University.

Conor Hilton traveled to Washington, D.C., with his BYU roommate and childhood friend Dylan Ellsworth for the inauguration after receiving tickets from Crapo's office.

"I'm a Democrat and I campaigned for Obama a little bit. I canvassed some in Colorado and during this past election, and I really enjoyed that experience and figured that it would be exciting to be actually present at the inauguration to see the culmination of all the efforts that I and other people who worked on the campaign put in," said Hilton, a sophomore at BYU who is studying English and political science. "And I don't know where I'll be in four years or if I'll ever have a chance to just drop what I'm doing and go to the inauguration again so I figured I might as well take the chance."

In addition to attending the inaugural ceremonies, Hilton and Ellsworth, who is a junior studying public relations, have tickets to the inaugural ball.

Hilton, who turned 18 just days after the 2008 presidential election, voted for Obama in 2012 and said he'd like to see immigration reform as a high priority on the president's to-do list.

"I woud like to see that pursued more fully and more extensively, ideally with bipartisan support but we'll see," said Hilton.

Greg Simione, a Garden Valley resident who is attending the inauguration with his business partner Gerold Dennett, also cites immigration as something he'd like to see Obama tackle in the next four years.

"We're not so affected by immigration—our employee base—but Idaho just has a population that I think would be helped by passing immigration reform," said Simione.

Simione and Dennett own several small businesses in Crouch, which is about an hour north of Boise, including the Garden Valley Market, the Chevron, the former Crouch Merc (which is now a small coffee shop and craft market), and the Longhorn bar. As small-business owners, Simione and Dennett are also watching health care closely.

"Being a small-business owner, health care is killing us," said Simione. "Or should I say lack of? We are priced out of the market. We are unable to offer it to our employees, so I'm really looking forward to [Obama] pinning that down so that it's affordable. And it looks like [Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter] is going to put some good faith into creating a state exchange program, and I think that can help our employees."

Simione, who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, said the idea of the two of them attending the inauguration first came up on election night, when it was clear that Obama would win re-election.

According to Simione, Dennett turned to him and said, "'You know, this is kind of historic. I would love to go to the inauguration if we can go.' And having grown up there, I was like, 'No, you can't go to the inauguration. You have to go stand in line, see the parade, but that's about all you can do.'" But Simione went to Crapo's website and answered the same short questionnaire as Hilton to apply for tickets.

"We both just like tradition and ceremony and no matter who's being sworn in, it's historic and it's part of our culture, as an American. You know, every four years is this ceremony and having grown up there and been kind of close to it but not ever really getting the opportunity to participate in something like that, we just took the chance to apply and we got it. So we're real excited."

Thousands milled around the National Mall on Sunday as final preparations were made for Mondays Inauguration. Much of the crowd, which is expected to number near 1 million, will watch the ceremony on giant TV screens.
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  • Thousands milled around the National Mall on Sunday as final preparations were made for Monday's Inauguration. Much of the crowd, which is expected to number near 1 million, will watch the ceremony on giant TV screens.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Idaho Firefighters Pipes and Drums Corps to Represent State at Inauguration

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

On Jan. 4, Boise firefighter Mike Menlove got a phone call he wasn't expecting. The caller wanted to know if he'd be interested in putting together a band to represent Idaho at the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., this Monday, Jan. 21, when President Barack Obama is publicly sworn in to his second term.

"Obviously, I jumped at the chance," said Menlove, who went to work assembling a band of 20 people from Boise, Meridian, Lewiston and Idaho Falls. Members of the honor guard, who will carry flags and banners, bring the total number of Idaho representatives from the Professional Firefighters of Idaho to almost 30.

Menlove, who is a bagpiper, said that geography has made practicing challenging. Though he's been able to get together with the Meridian members, the north Idaho members have sent him recordings, which he's used to provide feedback to help make the various styles of each group more uniform.

Menlove will arrive in the Washington, D.C., area Friday, Jan. 18, and the group will have Saturday and Sunday to practice together before performing for the president on Monday.

"This parade isn't about Republican, Democrat, Independents or Tea Parties. It's about America and our country and our patriotism," he said.

Boise Weekly will catch up with the group in the D.C. area this coming weekend as they prepare for their presidential performance. Check back with Citydesk for updates from the band, as well as coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Obama Inauguration? There's an App for That

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

A week from today, President Barack Obama will be sworn into the nation's highest office for the fourth time. Yep, fourth.

The only other president to have been sworn in four times is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served four terms as president of the United States in and took oaths in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944.

President Obama will begin his second term as POTUS with his third swearing-in on Sunday, Jan. 20. But wait, you say, the inauguration ceremony is Monday, Jan. 21? Correctamundo. The Constitution requires that Obama begin his second term on Jan. 20, but as that is a Sunday and inaugurations don't typically happen on Sunday (just really important football games and film awards ceremonies), the public swearing in—which will be Obama's fourth—will happen Monday, Jan. 21.

Obama was sworn in for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. However, since Chief Justice John Roberts, who was conducting the swearing-in, flubbed the exact wording—as required by the Constitution of the United States—a second, private swearing-in was held the following night with the correct oath.

And like everything else in the world: There's an app for that. The official 57th Presidential Inauguration app that will not only help those on the ground in the National Mall find a toilet but will also help desk-bound Boiseans live stream the ceremony while the boss isn't looking. Download it for your iPhone or Android here.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Latin tunes and Obama's howdy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:23 AM

In Boise State Radio personality George Prentice's final recordings from D.C., listen to Latin star Marc Anthony, for a warm up, and then listen to Obama's intro to his dance with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Latin Reprise. 


Postcard 6. Obama addresses Western States' Ball

citydesk would like to thank George for hitting us with all this sound!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Prentice parties; inaugural style

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 5:18 PM

citydesk and Boise State Radio correspondent George Prentice checks in from the ball scene in Washington, D.C., hours before he may get a chance to boogie with the prez and first lady.


Postcard 5. George Prentice teases us about the after parties

... and his sign off: Time for some caffeine. This is a young man's game. You should be here. Actually, everyone should be here.

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More from citydesk's roving radio jockey in D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM

Boise State Radio personality George Prentice, the voice of Morning Edition in town, is up early and feeding us more sound from Washington, D.C.

Postcard 3. Tuesday's frigid hot morning on the National Mall



Postcard 4. Pretice is still looking for Idaho in D.C. (LeFavour Live, Roark Live)


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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sounds of the inauguration

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Boise State Radio's George Prentice just sent us these audio postcards from Washington, D.C. where he is covering Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.



Postcard 1. Washington, D.C., the city that never sleeps.


Postcard 2. Idahoans in the nation's capital.


Prentice is the host of Morning Edition on Boise State Radio, which has a full day of inauguration coverage planned. citydesk asked him to send back a few postcards from Washington, and Prentice delivered his classic radio vocal chords on mp3 to us via e-mail just a minute ago.

Getting ever high-tech, we also found away to stream inauguration footage on this Web site, so if you are hiding out in your cubicle tomorrow morning, tune in here.

We also think this inauguration widget from NPR is pretty cool:




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Monday, November 10, 2008

Crapo's Obama inauguration hub

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

We at citydesk were just wondering how to apply for press credentials for the Obama inauguration in the off chance BW wants to send us to that *historic* event, when an e-mail from Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R-, uh, Idaho) popped in the inbox, reading:


CRAPO: SWEARING-IN CEREMONY TICKET REQUESTS BEING TAKEN
Yes, Crapo, soon-to-be-Idaho's senior senator, has a clearinghouse for inauguration information on his Web site including ticket info, parade info, ball info, and even, you guessed it, press pass info.

There are also links for fun things for Idahoans to do in *Warshington*, D.C.

Thanks Senator ... is this a spirit of bi-partisan cooperation we are smelling?

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