There are now six days to go until Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States. Apparently, this is going to be the most expensive inauguration in history with millions of people descending on Washington.
When Andrew Jackson was sworn in as President in 1828, the streets were filled with people as well. At the time, Washington had never seen anything quite like it. Some people saw it as a symbol of the triumph of democracy, others saw it as a dangerous example of populism and people power.
On the day itself Jackson invited the crowds to the White House for a party. Things got so out of hand that the whole place was trashed and people only left when the White House staff threw the huge kegs of beer out of the windows and onto the White House lawn. Needless to say, the crowds jumped out after them and got very drunk. By this stage, the President had been led to safety.
Anyway, that was then and this is now.
David Plouffe who has been Barack Obama's Campaign Manager for the past two years is the man responsible for building up the incredible grassroots organisation that helped secure Obama the nomination and then the White House.
I found this clip of him discussing Obama's inaugural and what it means to him. I didn't know but Obama will get sworn in on Lincoln's Bible.