WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama will lose the second half of that title at noon today when he takes the oath of office as the nation's 44th president.

Obama began his day at a prayer service at St. John's Church, across from the White House in Lafayette Square that is known as the "church of presidents." He and his wife and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden are scheduled to have coffee with President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney before proceeding to the Capitol for the ceremony.

Washington, D.C. is brimming with excited inauguration attendees. By 7:00 a.m. the city's subway system had already transported more than 200,000 passengers.

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