Washington Mall trashed after inauguration

  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
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    [quote]WASHINGTON (AP) — Inaugural revelers are lucky they didn’t get fined for littering.

    As crowds cleared the city Tuesday, their trash covered the National Mall and Washington Monument grounds after President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

    They left behind plastic bottles, newspapers, food wrappers, gloves and even American flags they had been waving. Trash bins overflowed with items people tossed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Laura Wiesner of Youngstown, Ohio, was on the cluttered Mall near the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. She says people’s quick exit — and failure to pick up after themselves — was a stark contrast to how grand the event had been.[/quote]

    So much for change. Where's Woodsy when you need him?
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    Sour grapes.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    chicago_barry saidSour grapes.


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    Jan 21, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Actually, there are several reports of attendees picking up trash without being asked as they waited for crowds to clear the route home.

    Still, trash like this was to be expected! Have you seen Sydney post NYE?
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Sadly, I think this is to be expected these days with any massive gathering of people. Sociology tells us that the larger the group, the more likely individuals believe that "someone else" is going to clean it all up.

    Maybe Obama could hire about 1000 people to clean it up. Job creation. Right?
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    What he said.

    MASSIVE group of people = massive amount of trash = at least a sizable number of people who think the world is their maid = mess
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    Kinda looks like "Woodstock"! Someone of you may not be old enough to know what Woodstock is...heck I'm not learn about it in High School

    Three day out door concert with rock legends:

    Janis Joplin
    Jimmy Hendrix.

    The place was a mess when the concert was over!
  • joggerva

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    Unfortunate but not unexpected.

    However, it also sounds as if the preparations were not in place. The huge crowds were certainly expected. According to the article, the trash cans were overflowing, so obviously many people weren't being completely thoughtless.

    Massive amounts of people + Lack of adequate trash disposal + wind = mess
  • Timbales

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Two things bother me about it as a Democrat.

    1) My party is allegedly more enviromentally conscious and this sends a bad message.

    2) Leaving the flags on the ground to be trampled by the crowds.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Too bad somebody wasnt down there to do a study on why people just ditch their stuff like that....would have made a great Master's thesis. icon_lol.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    Oh Timberoo... you forget he pulled more from both sides than most, and that "more" is a very very very relative term.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    In that pic, it looks like they took the grass and left their trash and grandma in her wheelchair. icon_lol.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Jan 21, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidTwo things bother me about it as a Democrat.

    1) My party is allegedly more enviromentally conscious and this sends a bad message.

    2) Leaving the flags on the ground to be trampled by the crowds.


    Good points. But just because you check a box doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Well I hope we aren't apathetic and think Mr. President is the one who can change this country, it is still up to us.We've just taken a small step.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    Those assholes trashed my city. Good riddance.
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    It's prolly due to the anonymity of a large crowd. Nobody is going to know that you dropped it. Plus think of what you got to do to discard it properly. Figure out where a trash bin is, then get thru the crowd to get to it. Only to discover that the trash bin is overflowing already.

    Also, weigh the lastly consequences of leaving the trash. The Park Service is going to come thru with a crew and clean the place. By the end of the next day, there will be no trace of the debris and no lasting consequences to the locale or environment. It's not like this is some pristine wilderness where there are no clean up crews.

    Now ditching the American flags on the ground is a whole 'nother matter! .... icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:09 PM GMT
    Considering that it looks like the grass was covered with a biodegradable "tarp", they'll more than likely just roll it up integrating the trash with it...icon_question.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    The lack of grass there is mildly disturbing. I'm not sure where along the Mall there wasn't grass before. When I was down there last month for the Prop 8 protest I remember it being pretty green.

    Here's a photo of the Mall from the opposite side of the castle as the photo in the OP. Looks pretty grassy to me.

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    Caslon is right though. The Park Service will clean up after everyone, just as it does after the fireworks on July 4 every year. Regrowing the grass is another story. icon_cry.gif
  • bradsmith

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    Jan 21, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    Well in the ticketed area, there was virtually no trash...which was a likely consequence of not being allowed to bring virtually anything in with you! I think PIC probably didn't supply adequate trash facilities for the crowd either...but nonetheless...it was a fantastic day...watching George and Laura fly away...and Obama in his motorcade!
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    Astro-turf it? icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jan 21, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    madtown said Regrowing the grass is another story. icon_cry.gif

    The Park Service is always roping off sections of the Mall as it reseeds and regrows the grass. It's a never ending battle between the grass, the heat and drought in the Summer and the area being used for recreational purposes. The PS does a good job keeping the place decent.
  • pcsean28

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    Jan 21, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    The whole thing put the childishness of many Americans on display. There was a complete lack of any kind of reverence or ability to sit still during the whole ceremony.
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    Jan 21, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    Actually, I'd say the whole thing showed the world how eager and desperate the US is for a monarchy.
  • pcsean28

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    Jan 21, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
    Jackal69 saidActually, I'd say the whole thing showed the world how eager and desperate the US is for a monarchy.


    That, too! It was made clearer by the religious arm of the government, represented by Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery, who seemed to suggest that a supernatural higher power had something to do with Obama becoming president. The demagoguery of Obama is very dangerous and no different from the ideology that got Bush elected twice, except that Obama happens to be incredibly competent. We're very lucky Obama isn't the dictator type, because many in that crowd would support him as such.

    I'm very happy Obama is the president, but there's a reason I voted for Clinton in the primary.
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    Jan 21, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    As far as green grass-- it's the middle of the winter!
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    Jan 21, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    Sometimes i just have to wonder were the relavance of topics like these lie.


    Children being bombed in the Gaza strip

    The Vatican painting a big target on our way of life.

    Starving people dying of aids in the third world.

    The world in apparent finacial crisis.



    But the people left a mess after a big event and drama ensues!

    Is there not a high unemployment rate in the US, could people not be drafted in to pick up the litter?

    Will it take more than a few days in as they say 'the greatest country in the world' to clear up a park full of litter?

    Your country has just taken a positive step forward in its own evolution, but yet its the little negative things that are being focused on.


    Let it go.

    Positive mental attitude.

    Put the effort you have put in here bitching and moaning about some litter that is easly cleared, into somthing good for this world.

    Honestly, you'd think the world was ending icon_rolleyes.gif