Getting Ready For The Inauguration

The street closures and security measures began in earnest over the weekend in Washington, D.C., as the city readies for Barack Obama's Inauguration as President.

As I walked around the Capitol grounds, music from John Philip Sousa blared over the loudspeakers as crews put the final touches on the Inaugural platform and more.

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Thousands of folding chairs are now in place on the West Front of the Capitol, as the lawn has been transformed into a sea of seats.

In this photo, you can see the five different large U.S. flags hanging from the building; in the center below those is the Inaugural platform, which was shrouded in what seemed to be glass or plastic. It may have been bulletproof security glass, but it wasn't clear.

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As I was walking through the halls of the Capitol, I ran into a variety of people who were there for another dry run by Inaugural planners.

These two people were playing the roles of Sen. Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

It's all part of the rehearsals that have been done in recent days, as they try to move dozens of Very Important People to the inaugural stand when the Big Moment arrives on Tuesday.

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The Capitol grounds were a beehive of activity on what was the coldest weekend in a long time here in Washington, D.C.

Along with all the work to set up the Inauguration and all of the security involved, there were tourists streaming by the dozens toward the Capitol when I got there.

Over on the House side, there was a youth chorus performing for several TV cameras in front of the Capitol, with their proud parents looking on with big smiles.

On this Monday, things get more serious, as security will be tightened around the Capitol and along the Inaugural Parade route.

The street closures and security measures began in earnest over the weekend in Washington, D.C., as the city readies for Barack Obama's Inauguration as President. As I walked around the Capitol grounds, music from John Philip Sousa blared over the loudspeakers as crews put the final touches on the Inaugural ...

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