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The second time around, President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony is expected to be a much smaller affair. Still, even with smaller crowds, law enforcement personnel are going all in.
The inauguration crowd for Monday's public event is expected to be less than half the size of 2009, when an estimated 1.8 million revelers flooded the nation's capital, reports Reuters. In addition, hotels and restaurants are reporting vacancies and the White House even slashed the number of official black-tie balls.
But even with the scaled-back plans, enhanced security will be evident. If you are coming to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration or if you're just interested in this uniquely American event, here are some security-related facts you should be aware of:
Like it or not, we have another four years of President Obama. Whether you're celebrating the inauguration or protesting within reason, it's always a good idea to exercise some common sense.