Party Time in Washington

The federal city throbs with fireworks, firewater and Sinatra

Presidential Inaugurals are rather like a wave at an athletic event: nobody knows exactly who stands up and gets one started, but it is not over until, row by row, everyone in attendance is on his feet. By the end of last week, Washington was in a delirious state of mid-wave, part way through the parabola of celebrations and ceremonies marking Ronald Reagan's second presidential investiture and preparing for the high points still to come. Packed with visiting entertainers, corporate chieftains and other celebrities, as well as thousands of "We the People" to whom the Inaugural was dedicated, the Capitol exuded...

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