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Low-interest Obama inauguration leaves DC hotel rooms empty

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In the days before Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Washington’s hotels were not only sold out but had been sold out for weeks.  Rooms weren’t available at any price.  On January 18, 2009, the Washington Post reported that “all but 400 or so of the District’s 29,000 hotel rooms were booked.”  Finding one of those 400 rooms was a daunting challenge — and even they were...

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