National Mall

National Mall

How Safe is the National Mall on Inauguration Day?

January 20, 2009, 7:45 am

Putting aside the obvious safety concerns for the first African-American president getting sworn in tomorrow, there is a lot of nervousness about the huge, record-breaking crowd expected on the National Mall. That’s the mile-long green which stretches from the Lincoln Memorial on the Potomac River past the Washington Monument and to the West front of the Capitol, where Barack Obama will take his oath of office at noon.