Plans for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in January are in full swing. A reviewing stand is under construction in front of the White House, congressional offices are taking ticket requests and planners are mapping out parade logistics and street closures.

But if a crush of well-wishers is hoping to descend on the nation’s capital as it did four years ago, when 1.8 million people crowded into the city to be a part of his history-making swearing-in, their preparations are off to a much more leisurely start.

Rand Goodman, director of sales and marketing at the JW Marriott hotel, along the Pennsylvania Avenue route of the inaugural parade, said interest so far has not been the same as it was at this point four years ago, but he was optimistic.

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