Politics & Government

November 11, 2008

D.C.'s big Obama dilemma: What to do with the crowds?

As many as 1.5 million people may come to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, according to official estimates. That's five times the number that showed up for President Bush's two inaugurations. Congressional offices report they're overwhelmed by requests for the 240,000 free tickets to the event, hotel rooms are being snapped up, and some D.C. residents are making room for dozens of relatives and friends. And, of course, there are those seeking to profit.

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