Starting the Day - Scene

Started at 2:45 and made it through security just in time for my 5:30 live shot. It's dark and cold -- but everyone is engaged in the process of producing live TV. I will move next hour to the VIP platform to wait for the VIPs show up

The entire Fox team is splayed out over the Capitol complex - camera people, engineers - without whom the "talent" (and we use that term loosely) would not be able to broadcast. It takes weeks of preparations to being you sound and images - and the Fox techs are the best in town.

I am astonished as I look down the mall at the throngs of humanity making their way to the National Mall. I am hearing horror stories about the traffic and congestion on the Metro system here. It makes me very happy that I started the day just a few blocks form Capitol Hill.

Some of the entrances to the Mall are so jammed that Police have started to close them off. What a crowd we're gonna have for this historic event.

Later I will be reporting from the VIP Platform - where I will be watching for Oprah. After the ceremony - I move over to the parade route. I will precede Mr. Obama as he makes his way down Pennsylvania Avenue. Stay tuned for pics.

Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.