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BREAKING: “there has been a revision to the “no umbrella” policy for tomorrow’s inaugural events.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2017 at 11:00 am 27 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From the National Park Service:

“Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow, there has been a revision to the “no umbrella” policy for tomorrow’s inaugural events. “Totes” style umbrellas that collapse will be allowed on the parade route as well as the National Mall for the inauguration. Long, non-collapsible umbrellas will not be allowed along the route or on the Mall.”

  • pamela

    hahahaha rain. I love it

    so fitting really.

    • JoDa

      It also poured buckets for W’s first inauguration.

  • James

    Totes is not a style, it’s a brand. Totes also makes some huge umbrellas that do not collapse.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      The fact that it is in quotes shows that they know it is a brand (a recognizable one), and the fact that it specifies that it must collapse addresses your second concern.

      • Jin

        How about ‘small umbrellas that collapse’.

    • Yea, NPS shouldn’t have worded it that way. Could be an endorsement issue.

      • textdoc

        I think the quotation marks

      • textdoc

        I think the quotation marks make it clear that they’re talking about “style of compact umbrella first popularized by the brand Totes,” rather than about the actual brand.

  • Traveler

    Rain on his parade…

  • Accountering

    Such a fitting way to bring in a presidency based on repealing healthcare, cutting taxes for the rich, racism, bigotry, and incompetence.

    • wdc

      But the weather on Saturday will be pretty nice!

  • LJ

    I was actually hoping it wasn’t going to rain tomorrow. Trump will just use that as an excuse for the really low turn out for his inauguration.

    • c

      good point :(

    • Anon

      +1 Plus the umbrellas will make the crowd seem bigger.

  • maxwell smart

    did someone say… showers?

  • PFlyer

    Given his penchant for all things Gold, word on the street is that the Inaugural Committee intends to seed the clouds above the parade route to produce Golden Showers for the event.

  • jenster8dc

    I’m personally hoping for a rain of fire or frogs.

    • Patrick Division

      Don’t know about fire or frogs, but general pestilence is a good bet for the next few years, what with all the newly uninsured who won’t have access to basic medical care.

  • Patrick Division

    A perfect compromise. People can bring their little umbrellas, but the Penguin won’t be able to get his non-collapsible umbrella/machine gun past security.

  • Hill Denizen

    Just to clarify, this only applies to non-ticketed sections for the inauguration. We just confirmed this morning with the House Sargent at Arms that if you are in a ticketed section to view the swearing-in, you still will not be allowed to bring an umbrella.

  • James

    How about ‘small umbrellas that collapse’.

    • James

      Sorry, that was a reply to Tsar in response to my early comment. 2 year old grab my phone as I was writing.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Why do people ask for a Kleenex instead of a facial tissue or a Q-tip instead of a cotton swab? I have no problem with your suggested language, but everyone who read the language used in the release knew exactly what they were talking about, so it was an effective way of communicating.

      • James

        Yes, you are right.

  • CS

    If I had more time/money/motivation, I’d go hand out umbrellas in the rain that have Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, etc printed on them.

  • Tim

    Is it bad to wish his supporters, many of whom benefit from ACA despite them not knowing or admitting it (Well golly gee, I had no idea the KentuckyCare policy I love was actually ObamaCare!) all catch pneumonia at the inaugural. Trump and Congress repeal ACA the next day and throw them off their insurance so they have to pawn their meth beakers to buy medicine?

  • I Dont Get It



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