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January 19, 2009

Inaugural preparations

Preparations for the inauguration ceremony tomorrow for the 44th President of the United States of America have been taking place for months now. Security, transportation, logistics, sanitation, everything you can think of to accomodate the predicted millions of attendees descending on Washington, D.C. President-elect Obama arrived in Washington by train, starting in Pennsylvania, passing through Wilmington and Baltimore. Here are some photographs of the various events and preparations taking place heading into tomorrow. (31 photos total)

Chris Bullock, of Landover, Md., checks to see that the letters on a three dimensional inauguration seal are fitting tightly, in preparation of Barack Obama's inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Hargrove Inc. in Lanham, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Inauguration tickets are counted and distributed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) #

A US Capitol Police Officer keeps an eye on the VIP podium where Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th US President as the National Mall and Washington Monument are seen to the rear on January 12, 2009 at the US Capitol. This mall area is expected to fill beyond capacity with people during the presidential inauguration on Janurary 20. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers erect a structure in front of the US Capitol Hill area as part of the preparations for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Stacks of Barack Obama t-shirts sit on a shelf at the Official Inaugural Collectibles store in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, in anticipation of Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) #

A lone man sits in the thousands of empty seats on the US Capital grounds for the presidential inauguration on January 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A commuter uses her metro ticket featuring a picture of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on January 15, 2009. Obama and his family will check into Blair House, the historic US presidential guest house just across the avenue from their future White House residence. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

The sun sets on the US Capitol, late January 15, 2009 where the 44th US President, Barack Obama, will be inaugurated January 20, 2009. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A wax figure of US President-elect Barack Obama is unveiled in a recreation of the White House's Oval Office at the Madame Tussauds waxwork museum in London, on January 15, 2009. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

Early morning preparations continue for President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural Reviewing Stand on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) #

A White House staffer carries a framed photograph of US President George W. Bush outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 13, 2009, one week before Barack Obama is sworn in as president. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) #

A worker cleans the steps of Lincoln Memorial in Washington Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, as preparations continue around Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) #

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey poses for a picture with his Barack Obama Hope artwork in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Fairey is the designer of the famous Obama campaign poster and also the Obey-Andre the Giant poster of a few years back. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) #

Model builder Gary McIntire puts the finishing touches on a Lego presidential inauguration scene on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif. The scene was built to celebrate President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker) #

Historic scene depicting President-elect Barack Obama taking the presidential oath of office on the steps of the Capitol in Miniland Washington DC, in Legoland park in Carlsbad, California, January 16, 2009. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers finish the walkway from the White House to the reviewing stand as preparations continue for President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural Reviewing Stand on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) #

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks (L) and US Navy Yeoman First Class LaSean McCray stand in as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House during a rehearsal for the inauguration parade for Obama in Washington January 11, 2009. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) #

Motorcycle police participate in a rehearsal of the upcoming parade to celebrate the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, January 11, 2009. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) #

A director reviews his notes during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony January 11, 2009 at the US Capitol. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) #

NASA astronaut Rex Waheim holds the flag while in a space suit outside the Small Pressurized Rover( SPR) during a demonstration Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA's moon buggy will participate in President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural parade with the crew of the latest shuttle mission and this small rover, that is the current design for a mission to the moon in about 12 years. It will be driven by astronaut Michael Gernhardt. (AP Photo/Chronicle, Nick de la Torre ) #

A U.S. Marine helicopter takes off from the East Front of the U.S. Captiol Building during a dress rehearsal of the swearing-in of the new president in front of the U.S. Capitol Building January 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

A woman checks a watch printed wtih picture of President-elect Barack Obama at a roadside store as preparations continue for Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kristin Aldridge of West Chester, PA., surveys a magazine from a stand featuring President-elect Obama and his family on their covers at a Penn Station news stand in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #

A Chinese woman reads U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's biography translated to Mandarin, at a bookstore in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. Interest has jumped in China as Obama is set to take office next week. Bookstores are selling his biographies and numerous articles have appeared in Chinese media addressing Obama and the impact his administration will have on China US relations. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) #

A blue line down Constitution Avenue indicates the route of the Inaugural Parade January 17, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) #

The train carrying President-elect Barack Obama approaches the Claymont Amtrak rail station during Obama's inaugural whistle stop train trip in Claymont, Del., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

US President-elect Barack Obama stands on the viewing deck of their train as they pass through Claymont Station January 17, 2009 in Claymont, Delaware. Obama is embarking on the final leg of his journey to the White House as he travels to Washington, DC by train. (CHANG W. LEE/AFP/Getty Images) #

People wave to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as his train passes through Edgewood, Maryland January 17, 2009 on their whistle stop train trip to Washington, DC. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama gets into a Presidential limousine bearing the license plate "44" after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, January 18, 2009. (REUTERS/Jim Young) #

Crowds fill the Mall as they attend the the "We are One" Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial January 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial" on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Justin Sullivan/Getty) #