I periodically get emails from the White House announcing an emergency declaration for some state or county. These almost always respond to some sort of extreme weather event — a flood or wildfire. The emergency declaration helps farmers and other local people apply for federal disaster assistance. It’s usually because something terrible has happened in the place.

So I was amused to see this announcement today:

STATEMENT BY PRESS SECRETARY DANA PERINO

The President today declared an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal aid to supplement the District’s response efforts in support of the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

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