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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Obama inauguration to Mommas: Leave your tots at home!



Strollers Maybe this is one that first Momma Michelle Obama should discuss with her husband: For security reasons, no strollers will be allowed at next week's inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama.

We understand the need for security during this historic time. But it wasn't so long ago that Obama was courting Mommas and those women decided that he was definitely their man. But I wonder if they are as happy with their candidate now?

Said one commenter on the New York Times story on the issue: "The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, comprised mainly (if not exclusively) of Democrats, certainly looks even more security-crazed than the Bushies. Not a good start for Obama."

But some Mommas acknowledge that maybe taking babies into such a crowded spot might not be a good idea since an estimated 2-million people -- or more! -- are expected to flood into Washington, D.C., next week for all the festivities. "Would you really want to risk the safety and well-being of your infant in such a crowd? Anything can happen," said another NYT ccommenter. To further dissuade parents from bringing their young ones, no baby carriers are allowed and there will be no place to change a diaper.

Such a dilemma. It seems that all those young people who cast votes for Obama -- many of them parents of tots -- should get some concession. Maybe they could take a cue from Disney World, and have special secure areas set aside for strolling parking. That way, you can enjoy the inauguration and bring your baby to the history making event -- and not have to find a babysitter for the day.

-- Sherry Robinson

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:58am]


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