Lone Star Views of the Inauguration
Preparations at the Capitol before the inauguration on Monday in Washington. Photo by Kate Dawson.
A roundup of news about and from Texans at the second inauguration of President Obama in Washington on Monday.
David Barer, a University of Texas journalism student reporting for the PBS InaugBlog, takes a look atinterpreters who will be using American Sign Language during the festivities. He quotes Jeff Williamson as saying: “It’s an interpretation, not a transliteration. We are not taking one word and replacing it with one sign. … If someone asks for an egg, there is a specific sign for that. But if you talk about abstract concepts, like freedom, it can be expressed in many ways. The sign for that would be affected by the context.”
Barer also reports that despite attracting fewer people than in 2008, the inauguration will still strainWashginton’s wireless networks.
The Austin American-Statesman tells the story of Dock Jackson, a Bastrop council member who won’t be participating in the local King Day walk he founded because he’ll be in Washington to view the inauguration in person. The Statesman previously reported on local officials who will also be watching the festivities.
The Dallas Morning News writes about Texas Democrats excited about the state’s prospects during Obama’s second term.
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