WASHINGTON (AFP) - The crowd will be smaller, the temperature hopefully warmer and security as tight as ever when Barack obama is sworn in for a second term in the White House on the steps of the Capitol in a week’s time. Presidential inaugurations are a big deal in Washington, never more so than four years ago when a record 1.8 million Americans personally came out to witness obama taking office as the first black president of the United States. This time around, next Monday, the numbers will be smaller, as they usually are for a second inauguration . Indeed, the no-traffic zone around the Capitol, the National Mall and the White House is smaller this time around, although security will remain intense with police, soldiers and Secret Service agents thick on the ground.