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From wallet-busting apartment rentals to Oprah's ball gown and party planners, here’s Inauguration Watch's first collection of what's being written, reported and otherwise posted on the Web ahead of the inauguration.

Locals are making quick money by renting out their rooms and condos for the inauguration, the DCist reports. A two-bedroom apartment at Pentagon City has a price tag of $6,000 for the 5-day series of events.

Wondering who is in charge of working the galas? The Washingtonian’s Capital Comment blog will profile the busy locals -- and the first pick is party planner Chris Otway, who will organize celebrations at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel.

Tickets on eBay are going for more than $1,000, according to CNN’s Political Ticker, but sources say the actual tickets haven’t even been handed out yet and warn that people may be buying into a scam.

"Inaugural Fever" isn’t just a D.C. phenomenon. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Los Angeles Times are helping the West Coast find its way to the event with tickets and jackets in hand.

Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey already knows what she’s wearing to the Inauguration. According to People magazine, she told Power 105.1 listeners on Nov. 4 that she already had a picture of it pinned up next to a picture of Obama.

Finally, if you can't wait until January to see Obama’s swearing-in, you're in luck. Over on YouTube, someone's put together an "early" edition of the ceremony.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  November 10, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  | Category:  Around the Web
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Crowds galore watching their first Obama-cade at 14th and Pennsylvania this afternoon at 1:45pm.

Posted by: josecsousa | November 10, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets"


Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.

The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.

"Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth," said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. "Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism."

Posted by: jamieMac | November 10, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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