2012 election: D.C. prepares for Obama's inauguration
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The election is over, so now it's time to look towards January and the inauguration.
Four years ago, enormous crowds gathered on the National Mall and throughout D.C. to celebrate the country's first African American president, Barack Obama.
Now hotels and businesses are preparing for another rush of out-of-towners.
At the Capitol Tuesday, workers were busy once again building the inauguration platform and stage where once again Obama will be sworn in as president, as he was four years ago, when some 1.8 million people packed the National Mall to witness the moment.
"I already have friends who've called dibs on beds in my house so they’re coming. The same as last time,” says D.C. resident Elissa Preheim.
Same for the hotels like the Hyatt Regency. They even have a four-day three couple presidential suite package for just $70,000.
"Since this morning phones have been ringing off the hook,” says Patrick Davis of the hotel. “It's we will definitely be sold out over those dates and that's why there’s a four night minimum for our stays and it's going to be extremely busy."
The city's tourism promoter, Destination D.C., already put up links on its website, Washington.org.
"Go to washington.org and find what hotels have availability and equally as important what things are happening in the city that they can take advantage of,” says Elliott Ferguson of Destination D.C.
The Newseum, which is located on the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route in Washington, plans to offer a special package for viewing the next presidential inauguration.
The museum about journalism and the First Amendment is announcing plans Wednesday for a special Inauguration Day package.
For $100, visitors will be able to view the inauguration on the museum's giant screen, visit the museum and watch the parade.
The Newseum's outdoor terraces will be reserved for TV networks and other journalists covering the inauguration and won't be open to the public.
The Inauguration Day packages will go on sale to Newseum members on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. and on Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. to the general public.
They can be purchased online or at the Newseum admission desk.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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