10 days before the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, dress rehearsals, last-minute construction, and other final preparations were in full swing to have the historical event fully set. Lafayette Park was resounding with the din of construction and marching bands as row after row of parade entrants marched through in full uniform past the construction workers finishing the bullet-proof encasement the First Family would use as spectators of the parade on Inauguration Day.
All the way at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, at the Capitol, a man and woman in uniform, with signs around their necks that read 'Barack Obama' and 'Michelle Obama,' do a mock swearing-in with another mock Chief Justice Roberts.
Various NBC crews are positioned all over the Capitol, and all along the parade route, to shoot b-roll of the multitudes of Inaugural preparations. My crew and I (as producer) cover the entire parade route from Freedom Plaza onwards to Lafayette Park, shooting several tapes of b-roll and MOS interviews with DC goers who are taking it all in.