President-elect Barack Obama detailed his inaugural plans and warned that those who are making the trek to Washington, D.C. for the historic event Tuesday are in for long lines, chilly temperatures and a whole lot of walking in a video released on YouTube .
"Unprecedented numbers of Americans are planning to join us in Washington," Obama said. "That will mean long lines, a tough time getting around and most of all a lot of walking on what could be a very cold winter day."
Obama encouraged Americans to attend inaugural events around the country during the four-minute video clip.
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"Fortunately, you don't have to brave the crowds and commotion to participate in the celebration because we've made this inauguration open and accessible to communities across our nation."
The prez-elect also said he hoped Americans would take up service projects in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
"To honor the legacy of a man who lived his life as a servant to others I will ask all Americans to make a renewed commitment to serving their communities and their countries."