Inaugural Oath of Office Protest 1-20-09 in Washington DC

January 20, 2009 Pro-Constitution Demonstration in Washington, DC

Tell President Barack Obama to Keep His Oath of Office to "Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States."

Demonstration Logistics

Date: January 20, 2009, Inauguration Day

Time: Officially, starting at 12 noon. Realistically, get there as early as you can. We stay for the duration of the Inaugural Parade.

Place: On the Inaugural Parade route, outside the Department of Justice building, on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue west of 9th Street. We have obtained a permit for this location:
Oath of Office Demonstration for Liberty and the Constitution Map with Pedestrian Crossings and Entry Points

Note the pedestrian crossing points in green and the entry points in red.

Transportation: Transportation by car on Inauguration Day is prohibited. Take the DC Metro to Metro Center, L'Enfant Plaza or Union Station... and take it early! The Metro opens at 4 AM on Inauguration Day. See the Metro's Inauguration page for details. Parking at Metro stops is $4 cash only, and Metro one-day passes are $10.

What to Bring:
  • Bring your own sign. If you live outside of Washington, DC you'll have to take the DC Metro in to the Capitol area, and the Metro is unfortunately limiting signs to 18 inches by 18 inches in size. Be creative!
  • Bring foot warmers and warm clothing. It looks like the temperature will be under 40 degrees.
  • Bring cash for the metro and to buy food, water and other necessities.

Items prohibited by the Secret Service:
"Firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons of any kind, aerosols, supports for signs and placards, packages, coolers, thermal or glass containers, backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions (8"x6"x4"), laser pointers, animals other than helper/guide dogs, structures, bicycles and any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard."

What's the Plan?
We are individual citizens, not bound by organization or party.

Our position statement is the text of the United States Constitution.

Our list of endorsers can be found in signature form at the bottom of the original copy of the Constitution.

Our demand is in keeping with the Inauguration: that President Barack Obama keep his Inaugural Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirming) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

We have and need no budget.

There will not be a march.

There will not be a list of speakers.

We will stand along the parade route with signs asking President Barack Obama to keep his Oath of Office by protecting and defending the U.S. Constitution.

And that's it.
OTHER Progressive Inauguration Demonstrations:

What Can You Do?

  • Come to the demonstration.
  • RSVP to help give an idea of how many people are planning to come. Not necessary at all, but helpful. RSVP through MySpace here. RSVP through Facebook here.
  • Send an e-mail or make a phone call to a friend telling her or him about this.
  • Grab one of these banners about the Demonstration, put it to your web page, and link it back to this page.

    Oath of Office DC Protest Banner, 468x60
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  • Blog or twitter about the demonstration and tell people all about it.

  • FAQ
    • Is this a Protest of Barack Obama? Do I have to oppose Barack Obama to join in?

      No and no! How do you protest the actions of a President who has been in office for 15 minutes and hasn't taken any policy action yet? This isn't a protest. It's a demonstration, a pre-emptive reminder to our new President Barack Obama of his duty to the Constitution and of Americans' support for the Constitution. The demonstration is open to people who support Barack Obama, and is compatible with people celebrating Barack Obama's election. Feel free to come wearing one button declaring your support for Barack Obama and another declaring your dedication to the Bill of Rights.
    • Who are you? What organization is behind this? What's your agenda, bub?

      My name's Jim Cook, I'm a guy who writes for Irregular Times and lives in Columbus, Ohio, and I'm doing this on behalf of no other person or organization. I kind of think that's one of the strengths of this. No committee meetings, no mess, no mission creep. If you want to get in touch, you can write to me at the email address "retorts" at, or you can leave a message on the MySpace and Facebook pages for this demonstration.

    • Wow, hey, cool, I'm organizing a Free the Cuban 5 protest there too. Can we be added to your list of speakers? Can you add Free the Cuban 5 to your list of demands? If not, why do you kiss the exposed behind of imperialist running dogs?

      The answer is sorry, but no. We don't have a list of speakers. We won't have a set of speakers or even a megaphone. (And remember, this isn't even exactly a "protest," since by the nature of the event Barack Obama won't have done anything yet.) You can always organize your own thing, according to 36 CFR 7.96. I want to keep this demonstration simple and clear in its organization and message, partially as a test for what sort of First-Amendment-Guaranteed political speech the National Park Service will and will not "permit."

    [Also coming soon... a list of links regarding assaults on the Constitution for informational purposes]

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