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Obama Inauguration: Event Goes Digital



    In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. A White House site offering one-page biographies of all 44 presidents, has just six paragraphs in Obama's biography _ with no details about the historic 2008 campaign. It ends with his inauguration. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

    Anyone wanting a glimpse into the inner workings of a presidential inauguration can now look to social media for the behind-the-scenes scoop.

    Ahead of President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21, Obama's inaugural committee set up a Facebook page and Twitter account, @obamainaugural, with updates on festivities, co-chairs and notes about past inaugurations. (Obama's 2009 inauguration, for example, marked the largest attendance of any Washington D.C. event.)

    The latest in the world of planning is stage construction. The committee released a shot of the official platform that will hold 1,600 people on the big day.