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From the Washington Post’s inauguration coverage:
A soldier in camouflage fatigues barked out the long list of items banned from the parade zone: No cans. No backpacks. No umbrellas. And no fruit, apparently an effort to keep protesters from hurling mushy missiles at the president’s limousine.
No fruit? The edict set off a mild panic among dozens of young volunteers for the presidential inaugural committee at the south entrance to Pennsylvania Avenue on 12th Street, who moments earlier had been handed bag lunches. Each contained a sandwich, candy bar, bottle of water, and a moist towelette decorated with an American flag motif. And an apple.
A few volunteers quickly dipped into the suddenly forbidden fruit, chewing and swallowing quickly. Others left their apples on a ledge– shiny red symbols of the most restricted inaugural in history. –Debbi Wilgoren
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