Barack Obama set to become US President Three million in Washington for historic inauguration party
Three million people will flock to Washington DC tomorrow to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama, who will become America's 44th President.
Obama (47) will take his Presidential oath at 12 noon local time, and will be the first black leader in the country's history. The inauguration party will be the biggest of all time and is costing $150 million!
The Capitol, on Capitol Hill.
At Obama’s side will be his wife Michelle (46) and his daughters Sasha (7) and Malia (10). A total of 1,600 guests have been invited to the party and tickets for the event, which cost up to $50,000 each, sold out in 60 seconds.
Aretha Franklin is one of the stars who will perform at the celebrations.
The area has a maximum capacity of 240,000 people. Three million Obama fans are expected to be in Washington DC (which has a population of 600,000) to celebrate.
Maintaining security throughout Obama's celebrations will be the biggest challenge in the history of the Secret Service. F16 fighter jets and drones will be watching from the skies.
Rubbish bins and manholes will be checked for explosives and sealed. There will be 11,000 soldiers and 25,000 policemen in the streets and snipers on all the rooftops.
Obama will take his oath with one hand on the original bible used by Abraham Lincoln. It is dark red and bound with velvet and has 1,280 pages. ‘Holy Bible’ is written on a gold plate on the front.
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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The inauguration speech
The speech is a historical moment. John F. Kennedy said during his inaugural address on January 20, 1961: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
Obama has written his speech with Jon Favreau (27), who invented the “Yes we can” slogan.
Barack Obama will step over the threshold of the White House at 15:30.
Today, the President-elect will be marking Martin Luther King day by working at a community project in Washington.