WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)- The transformation of the front of the U.S. Capitol into an inaugural platform is well underway for the public swearing in ceremony of Barak Obama. But, for only the 7th time in history, the president will have already been sworn in the day before, in a private ceremony.
That's because it's the seventh time the Constitutionally-mandated inauguration date of January 20 falls on a Sunday. And, because of tradition, the public ceremony will be held the next day, Monday, January 21st.
Four years ago, America celebrated the inauguration of the country's first black president. Visitors poured into the city from across the country to watch it firsthand.
Once again, 250,000 tickets are being given out for close up lawn space in front of the Capitol. Those tickets are distributed through Congress. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says she'll get only 200 tickets, but has already received 2,600 requests.
She will chose the recipients using a lottery and will try to acquire more tickets from other members of Congress.
In 2009, a record crowd of near 2 million poured onto the National Mall. Beforehand, planners had no idea is that many people would fit on the Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
This year, fewer are expected, but Holmes Norton thinks the numbers will reach the second highest ever to see a presidential swearing-in.
The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) hosted members of the media Tuesday during a tour of the Inaugural platform under construction on Capitol Hill. President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term during a private ceremony on January 20 and a public ceremony on January 21, 2013. (Photos by Getty Images)