As President-elect Barack Obama, the nation's 44th president, prepares to assume the presidency on Tuesday many Washington residents admit that the upcoming inauguration will be very special.

Excitement of a predominantly black city welcoming the nation's first black president was just around, Over 92 percent voted for President-elect Barack Obama in the city.

With the inauguration scheduled for the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the timing also strikes a chord for a city that was torn by riots after Dr. King's assassination.

Speculations figure the day to be one of the most-covered live events ever either on television, radio or online.

Estimates put the potential worldwide audience for Obama's swearing-in in the billions, a figure that could dwarf viewership numbers for the Super Bowl and Academy Awards and reach heights ordinarily seen only by the Olympics and the World Cup.

Ronald Walters, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland says that the inauguration would be very warm.

For D.C., this inauguration is less like hosting a visiting official and more like throwing a homecoming party for a family member, Ronald said.

Following many years of waiting the historical event of the first black American President’s inaugurations is at hand.