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  1. Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, walk offstage as President-elect Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago. Obama was a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s. He returned to the Windy City after earning his law degree, taught at the University of Chicago and eventually entered politics. Now, the Obamas live in the Kenwood area of Chicago, an affluent, educated neighborhood on the South Side. (Morry Gash / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Obama and his daughters walk the beach during their vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, on Aug. 12, 2008. Obama was born in Honolulu and lived with his mother and grandparents in a two-bedroom apartment. He moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1967 after his mother married an Indonesian man. Obama returned to Hawaii when he was 10 and lived with his grandparents until he was 18. (Marco Garcia / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. During his August vacation, Obama threw a lei at the point where he scattered his mother's ashes in Honolulu. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Obama (red shirt) is seen with family and friends at the Pali Lookout in Honolulu. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The steep trail to the Makapuu lighthouse is one of Barack Obama's favorite hikes in his hometown of Honolulu. Here, a hiker and her dog make their way along the picturesque trail. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. In 1971, when he was 10 years old, Barry Obama enrolled at the private Punahou School in Honolulu and entered an unfamiliar world of privilege. Despite feeling out of place, he eventually prospered at the school. Today, tuition tops $16,000 per year at the exclusive institution. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Indonesian school girls run on the playground at the SDN Menteng 1 school in Jakarta, Indonesia. President-elect Barack Obama attended the school when he was a child. (Ed Wray / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Local boys in Kogelo village, Kenya, admire a painting featuring President-elect Barack Obama, center, alongside, from left, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, current U.S. President George W. Bush and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, during a gathering of people on Nov. 4, 2008. Obama's late father was from Kogelo, a village in western Kenya, and his half-brother, step-grandmother and other relatives still live there. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991. This is a view of Langdell Hall at the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. While there, Obama served as president for the Harvard Law Review. (Harvard Law School / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Barber Tony Coye talks about President-elect Barack Obama as he cuts Kenneth Clay's hair at the Hyde Park Hair Salon in Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. This is a curbside view of the Chicago home of President-elect Barack Obama. Places that U.S. presidents have called home often become major tourist attractions, from estates at Mount Vernon and Monticello, to Hodgenville, Ky., where Abe Lincoln's log cabin once stood. (Jerry Lai / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Occidental College students celebrate in Samuelson Campus Pavilion on the Eagle Rock campus in Los Angeles, Calif., as alumnus Barack Obama is officially announced the 44th president of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008. (Marc Campos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 11/13/2008 3:48:25 PM ET 2008-11-13T20:48:25

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw 1 million-plus to the capital, and already some lawmakers have stopped taking ticket requests and hotels have booked up.

Some people are bartering on Craigslist for places to stay for the Jan. 20 ceremony when the Illinois senator takes the oath of office. They are offering cash or even help with dishes for residents willing to open up their homes.

The National Park Service, which is planning for an inaugural crowd of at least 1 million, will clear more viewing space along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route. Jumbo TV screens will line the National Mall so people can watch the inauguration and parade, park service spokesman David Barna said Thursday.

The District of Columbia's delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is urging planners to use arenas and stadiums to help with overflow crowds wanting to view the ceremonies on big-screen TVs. She is also urging churches to hold viewing parties.

The city's police chief, Cathy Lanier, said the department typically brings in an additional 3,000 officers from forces around the country to help with an inauguration. This time, the request probably will be for about 4,000 officers from more than 90 departments.

Because of a lawsuit, people should have more standing room along the crowded parade route. War protesters sued after President George W. Bush's last inauguration, forcing the government to open up more free public viewing space between the Capitol and White House.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ruled in March that the park service violated its own rules by giving preferential treatment in ticketing for bleacher seats along the parade route for supporters of the government over its critics. Friedman wrote the inauguration "is not a private event."

New rules to be issued Monday will lower the number of ticketed bleacher seats along the parade route from 20,000 seats to 8,700, leaving much more of the route open to people without tickets, Barna said.

Seat tickets had sold for between $15 and $150 in 2005 to help pay for the inaugural parade. Details for the 2009 parade tickets have not been set because Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee, which organizes the parade, is being formed.

There will also be designated "free speech" areas for protesters along the parade route, Barna said.

The largest crowd ever recorded on the National Mall was for President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration. At the time, the park service estimated 1.2 million people descended on the area. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan's inauguration drew about 500,000 people, and President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration drew about 800,000 people, according to park service estimates.

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Of course, the crowds can always thin out. Ronald Reagan's second swearing-in ceremony had to be moved indoors, and the parade was canceled when the temperature dropped below 10 degrees (with a wind chill at 10 degrees to 20 degrees below zero.) John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 came with a blanket of snow; still, 1 million people turned out.

"Inaugural crowds can be very weather dependent," Barna said. "Don't judge these numbers as a popularity issue."

Congressional offices are reporting tens of thousands of requests for the 240,000 tickets for the inauguration ceremony. As of Thursday, the office of Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., had received 26,000 requests. Webb sent a letter Thursday to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee, requesting that Virginia's proximity to Washington be considered in its allotment of tickets.

EBay Inc., the parent company of listing and sales sites eBay, StubHub and Kijiji, said it will not allow tickets to the inauguration to be sold on its Web sites. The company made the decision after meeting with committee representatives, eBay spokeswoman Nichola Sharpe told The Associated Press.

Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to prevent ticket scalping. Tickets are supposed to be distributed for free through congressional offices.

The inauguration will come at the end of a four-day holiday for federal workers, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 19. Many area schools and some universities have canceled classes or are considering it.

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