Final inauguration preps underway

11:01 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- This weekend, the nation's capital is getting ready for a big event - the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

He'll actually take the oath Sunday - by law, he has to, but Monday is the big public celebration.

The city's expecting less than half as many people here as four years ago. Still, getting ready for this inauguration takes a massive effort.

The nation's mall's being transformed into America's stage.

This is where President Obama will take the oath of office Monday, and give a speech that analysts say should be short on politics. "I don't think he should turn this into a partisan speech. And actually, I think he helps himself when he holds the high ground," said Democratic Consultant Bob Shrum.

Up to 800-thousand people are expected to attend. "We know every four years we are going to have an economic boom of people coming into the city," said Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC.

The White House viewing stand is up as authorities get ready to secure the inaugural parade route.

The secret service has set up nearly 100 work stations and promises better crowd management this time. "You'll see a lot more signs this time around," said Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan.

The city's getting ready - what about the First Family?

The White House says President Obama is working on his speech. "I've seen some yellow pads filled with writing of late around," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

And the First Lady is sporting a new hairstyle, as her husband prepares to make history, again.

Because January 20th falls on a Sunday, the President and Vice President take their oaths privately on Sunday - then again here before the crowd Monday.

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