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01:11 PM on 12/04/2008
My first reaction as I began reading the article was that they're being unreasonable - then it sank in that what they're doing is incredibly responsible! I'm feeling very grateful that they're willing to stand up to criticism in order to keep the event safe. Good for them!
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BabsfromKansas
02:22 PM on 12/04/2008
Truly, can you imagine a young child in that crush of people?
07:10 PM on 12/04/2008
Or a backpack that was loaded or stroller loaded with more than a child.
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Liberalforsure
Love this country? Vote out all republicans!
12:55 PM on 12/04/2008
With all the crazy lunatics out there who want want to bring their child to a crowd this size. I wouldn't. My child can watch history being made from the safety and comfort of our home.
12:51 PM on 12/04/2008
Security is going to be a night mare. With all the threats against Obama, with all the known Al Queda threats, do you really think this is the place to bring your kids? Anyone that does is looking for trouble.
An event this huge would be a prime traget area for terrorists and dont think for one minute they are not considering it as such.
Me personally as much as I would love to be there; yet I reality is, home, infront of the TV, drinking coffee and munching on some snacks is the smart place to be.
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Liberalforsure
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12:55 PM on 12/04/2008
Amen!
12:48 PM on 12/04/2008
My kids are grown but as a parent I can understand wanting your young child to
experience this moment in history. My heart can understand it, but my brain
would tell my heart to get a grip. It's no place for a young child because of
the size of the crowd, the cold weather, the security problems it would cause
regarding strollers and back packs. The children would not be able to see anything
more than the backs of much taller adults and they wouldn't get the historical
significance anyway.

Keep them home, keep them safe and warm. Have a celebration with friends
and family and the television! Buy each child a copy of the NYT or another
major paper and save it for them and thier children in the years to come.
I ordered copies of the Chicago Tribune and the NYT and they are in
plastic covers for my grown children and the grandchildren I hope to have
one day.
12:44 PM on 12/04/2008
I lucked out and got a ticket that admitted only two people to the Election Nite party in Grant park. I took my neighbor and my husband stayed home with our 9 yr old. The streets were blocked off for about 2 miles around the park so everyone had to hike in and out. It took almost 2 hrs to get into the park and then it was standing room only so we were on our feet the enitire time (about 4 hrs). Then it took us about 2 hrs to make it home after the event because of the congestion and we used the train for part of the trip! I was glad I didn't take my daughter because she would have been bored and miserable and we had good weather that nite. I can't imagine what it will be like for young children in bad weather with 4M people. I agree with the committee...leave the younger ones at home!
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12:29 PM on 12/04/2008
I agree with the Inaugural Committee's recommendation. Unfortunately, we live in the post 9/11 and Mumbi era...where anything can happen. Baby strollers and diaper bags invite secruity breaches, not to mention small children being injured by the million plus crowd. Watch the Inauguration on your big, widescreen tv instead.
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shirleyfeeney
12:27 PM on 12/04/2008
There's no way I'd take my little ones to this. Disneyland can be stressful enough when waiting for fireworks...I can't imagine standing on a street in Washington DC in January with millions of others...

Sometimes your couch really is the best seat in the house, and I fully intend to have my kids watching on January 20th. But personal safety trumps all...
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Opt1musPr1me
12:19 PM on 12/04/2008
I will have the best seat for Obama's swearing-in ceremony, warm at home on my fluffy couch in front of my 52 inch Flat-Panel LCD HDTV. I can witness history at home just fine.
12:26 PM on 12/04/2008
That's exactly where I plan to be.

I'm making a buffet style lunch, and am inviting all my friends and family.
12:31 PM on 12/04/2008
Our local Dems are having a party and Obama has sent us a DVD to watch in addition. ( I have no idea what it is)
11:31 AM on 12/04/2008
I took my daughters to many, many poltical events as they were growing up and it was generally positive.

There were a few events that were so big in scope that it was misserable, even with kids 12 & 13 with
GameBoy in hands.To tale a child under 12 to this thing would be awful, and potentially put the child in harms way. It is not fair to expect someone so young to stand out in January weather in DC for hours on end . I have seen kids at some over the top events and it's always the parents who are shoving and pushing, because their little darlings deserve more consideration. Those parents are idiots and teach a horrible lesson of entitlement which does not exist.

To the fellow quoted in the article, perhaps you should create an "Inaugural Party" at home for kids and their friends and watch the inauguration on TV and discuss its' significance, history and traditions.
Spending a day indoors with your parents, friends and a pizza lunch to celebrate this event would seem far more memorable. Or perhaps parents could volunteer to create an "Inaugural Party" for their children' s class at school which would give meaning for a lot of children.
11:24 AM on 12/04/2008
Thanks but no thanks. Kids too wanna live this one. Thats the least they could get after surviving Bush.
12:23 PM on 12/04/2008
IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN IN A CROWD OF THREE MILLION PEOPLE WITH NO FACILITIES THAT WILL BE YOUR OPTION THEY ARE NOT TELLING YOU NOT TO BRING THEM THEY ARE JUST GIVING YOU THE FACTS I AM GOING BUT I WOULD NEVER PUT YOUNG CHILDREN IN THOSE CONDITIONS
11:21 AM on 12/04/2008
All the negative news lately regarding the conditions of the Inauguration are making me wonder if I should re-consider and just stay home.
11:32 AM on 12/04/2008
Of course the commtittee already has all their numbers, protocols, and contigencies. But my best SWAG is that there will be 200 medical emergencies; 20 serious altercations, 1400 crime victims and at least 60 events or unwanted sexual contact. Imagine going down in the middle of 4 million people.
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raye1
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11:39 AM on 12/04/2008
If we get lucky the number of incidents will stay that low!
12:07 PM on 12/04/2008
This isn't Mardi Gras
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raye1
Proud Democrat !
11:16 AM on 12/04/2008
I was in Berlin when Barack visited. I had a press pass and still had a 1 hour wait before I could finally go through security checks. And that was only a few hundred people ahead of me!

In total there were over two hundred thousand people. People were lined up atleast 6 hours before the speech and some did not get through security checks until minutes before he arrived on stage !

Now try to get through 4 million people! Oh Ha-yell to the no!

There were some knuckleheads who dragged their kids along to that as well , and were ticked off when people would not let their kids stand in front of them on their feet .......so they could see!!

Parents::::: Keep your kids at HOME!
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Egalitare
11:13 AM on 12/04/2008
We should open the largest drop in day care at the area Public Schools (DC schools are closed for both MLK Day and the Inauguration). I'd pitch in some coin to fund that.
11:10 AM on 12/04/2008
Its a good idea. They are trying to prevent younger kids from getting lost, or even worse, snatched....
10:55 AM on 12/04/2008
Makes me want to vote for Obama all over again.

And, oh, why you're at it, how about _not_ bringing your kids to dinner at my favourite tavern as well? J
11:05 AM on 12/04/2008
If you don't like children around, maybe you didn't like yourself around when you were a child?
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robertsandimas
11:12 AM on 12/04/2008
The Inauguration is not an affair for children. This was a good, wise decision. Children squirm. Remember? This isn't the place to get nasty with other contributors, by the way. IMHO.
11:19 AM on 12/04/2008
He didn't say that, now did he! There are some parents that will never "get it" that children don't belong "everywhere". And further, other people are not obligated to "enjoy" your children.