Inaugural preparations
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Inauguration eve

Inaugural preparations
Crowds gather near the main grandstand in front of the U.S. Capitol the night before the inauguration of Barack Obama. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Inaugural preparations
Crowds gather on the National Mall. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Inaugural preparations
Police watch over the U.S. Capitol. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Inaugural preparations
A street vendor sells framed photos of Obama. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Inaugural preparations
Vendors sell Obama memorabilia near the National Mall. (Kim Ludbrook / European Pressphoto Agency)
Inaugural preparations
A souvenir flag. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Inaugural preparations
Large crowds are expected for the inauguration, and security is high. (Paul J. Richards / AFP-Getty Images)
Inaugural preparations
Capitol police keep watch as last-minute preparations wrap up Monday afternoon. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Button vendor
A button vendor looks over the merchandise in Washington. (Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images)
On the bus
A bus is bound from Birmingham, Ala., to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
Obama painting
President-elect Barack Obama paints a wall during a visit to Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for teens, in Washington. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Vietnam memorial
Students from Lakewood at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
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