[NATL] The Inauguration of President Barack Obama


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By Scott Ross
|  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 11:49 AM EDT
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Presidential Inaugurations Then and Now

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People celebrate during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall, Jan. 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama's second inauguration takes place Monday, and there's a lot going on. In an effort to keep you up to date, we'll be bringing you a daily round-up of interesting news, notes and stories -- from the best way to get around (bicycle) to how to honor a president with alocohol (a Blue Hawaii, naturally):

  • In 2009 the only thing harder to get than a ticket to Obama's inauguration was a hotel room in D.C. Four years later, with the nation having already inaugurated "the first black president," much smaller crowds are expected, and lodging is way easier to come by, according to ABC News.
  • Even with smaller crowds, the city will still be overflowing with lobbyists, tourists and secret service agents. “The only sane option seems to be a bicycle,” says the Washington Post, but be prepared, as the forecast for Monday calls for a mix of sunshine and clouds. The high will hit 40, with a low of 25.
  • “Have you got goose bumps?” For a sense of what the first day of a new administration is like, here's a collection of reminiscences from the past 36 years, from the Washington Post.


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