Houseguests Descend for DC Slumber Party
Couch space at a premium as friends and family flock to capital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 6:17 AM CST
People crowd the National Mall in Washington Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in anticipation of the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Thousands of homes across the nation’s capital are jam-packed with out-of-town guests who've arrived to witness history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Guest bedrooms, sofas, and dorm room floors have been turned over to friends and family. "Every surface space, every comforter, every drop of hot water is being utilized," said one woman putting up six Obama fans.

The sleeping arrangements aren't just a cheap and cozy option, visitors say—they’re also a way of sharing the camaraderie of a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. "You have to make sure you experience this with everyone," said one student who surrendered his bedroom to four guests. "It's a historic time. You have to do what you have to do."