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By Bart Childs and Margaret Kennedy
13 January 2009
Preparations for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the next president have been going on for weeks in Washington.
|Construction of inauguration stand|
The viewing stands at the Capitol have been constructed, the parade route is being readied, and people in the city are in a mood of anticipation.
Here's a look at those preparations and what people are talking about now that Inauguration Day, January 20 , is near.