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DC gets ready for Inauguration

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As the calendar turns over into a new year, Washington is getting ready for the president's inauguration, which is just weeks away.

With the nation still facing tough economic times, President Obama is restricting inaugural balls to the lowest number in sixty years.

There will be two official parties -- and, a concert honoring military families.

This is down from ten balls in two thousand nine.

But as Fox News correspondent Jennifer Davis reports, there is still a staggering amount of prep work underway for the big day.

You could say this hum of construction that fills the capitol grounds every four years represents the foundation of our country because these are the stands that will showcase the peaceful passage of one presidential term to the next.

They aren't expecting the record setting crowds of four years ago, but, Senator Chuck Schumer - who's involved in organizing the event -- says they're still planning plenty of pomp and circumstance.

There will be two ceremonies -- a private one Sunday and a public one Monday since the constitution calls for the president to be sworn in on the 20th - and, the usual public one on Sunday.

The military's role is so involved that officials have constructed a giant map of the city to prep and plan.

They've done lots of walk throughs on this map already - and will do many more before transitioning to the real city streets in mid-January.

Thousands from all military branches will take part - serving a variety of roles - as ushers during the swearing in and even marching in the parade, A military tradition that dates back to the beginning.

"The army, military veterans and veterans of the Revolutionary War paraded with George Washington down the streets of Federal Hall in New York. It reflects our respect for our Commander-in-Chief," says Major General Michael Linnington / Commander Joint Task Force National Capitol Region

The Newseum sold $100 dollar tickets for inauguration day, which will give people access to the extraordinary views from its indoor balconies. Tickets sold out in three weeks.

So, where will visitors stay? One option is this swanky and spacious 3500 square foot presidential suite at the Mandarin Oriental.

If you can stay a minimum of 4 nights - and are willing to fork over $15,000 a night - you too could enjoy these luxurious accommodations.

But if you want this special suite - you better act fast, it's almost sold out.

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