stuff on the Mall started on the 16th.I found this write-up of the plans for the Clinton 1993 inauguration - some possible thoughts about the schedule for the Obama inauguration. Some of this changed - I don't remember the hand-shaking actually taking place that way (I think you needed a ticket?) and the
WASHINGTON: The five-day gala that will usher President-elect Bill Clinton into office next month will be big, bold and, above all, filled with symbols of popular inclusiveness.
The new president will arrive by bus from the home of Thomas Jefferson in the Virginia hills. He will open the White House for three hours to anyone wishing to shake his hand. Ordinary Americans who inspired Mr. Clinton during the campaign will be honored at a luncheon. Food and clothing will be gathered for the homeless.
These events are designed, in part, to send a message about the kind of president Mr. Clinton intends to be, inaugural organizers said. They have given the entire affair a theme: "An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope."
Quincy Jones, the musician and producer, will organized a festival, free concert and fireworks outside the Lincoln Memorial the Sunday before Mr. Clinton takes his oath of office. Entertainers, possibly including Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, will perform at a televised "American Gala" at a suburban sports arena.
But tradition and elegance will not be lost. On Jan. 18, a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., special commemorative events will be held. A prayer service and congressional reception will open Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, before Mr. Clinton takes the oath of office at noon. Ten black-tie balls, with 65,000 invitees, will follow throughout the capital that evening, one especially for residents of Mr. Clinton's home state of Arkansas.
"This inaugural is going to be an open inaugural, an accessible inaugural and a dignified inaugural," Ron Brown, national chairman of the Democratic Party, said Wednesday in announcing the festivities.
"Bill Clinton is absolutely committed to being an accessible president, fully in touch with the American people," he said.
Mr. Brown said that several events would stress the participation of youth to "connect with" a new generation of voters who supported Mr. Clinton, 46, and his running mate, Senator Al Gore, 44.
He pointed out that the cost for all the events - less than $20 million, by his estimate - would be below that of the three most recent Republican inaugurals and that the $125 ticket price for the balls would also be below recent Republican balls. President Jimmy Carter reportedly spent less than $4 million on his inaugural in 1977.
Private donations underwrite the entire affair except for the vast security apparatus being coordinated by the Washington police, the Secret Service and the U.S. Army.
Eight events will be free to the public. The balls will be by invitation only.
The inaugural organizing committee released the following tentative schedule:
Sunday, Jan. 17 - Tour of Jefferson's home, Monticello. Bus trip to Washington following the route Jefferson took for his inaugural. Festival and concert on the Washington Mall at the Lincoln Memorial. Fireworks.
Monday, Jan. 18 - Reception by Mr. Clinton for diplomats, at Mr. Clinton's alma mater, Georgetown University. American Citizens Lunch for those who inspired the Clintons during the campaign. Various inaugural dinners. Free "American Gala" televised from the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Attendees asked to bring food or clothing for the homeless.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Luncheon for current and former state governors at the Library of Congress. "Salute to Children" and "Salute to Youth" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "Presidential Gala" at Capital Centre.
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Prayer service. Reception with congressional leaders. President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, receive the Clintons at the White House. Swearing-in for the new president and vice president at the Capitol. Inaugural address at the Capitol. Congressional luncheon. Parade to the White House. Inaugural balls.
Thursday, Jan. 21 - Open house at the White House, 9 A.M. to noon. Afternoon reception for residents of Arkansas. Evening reception for Clinton campaign staff.