Before they watch Barack Obama take the oath of office, the folks who delivered him the biggest swing state in the country plan a few celebrations of their own.
On the list of soirees: a posh cocktail party at the Four Seasons in Georgetown sponsored by some of Obama's Florida campaign bigwigs and a bash for Obama's Florida campaign staff at a D.C. nightclub.
''I think for a lot of us it's still hard to believe it's real,'' said Steve Schale, the mastermind behind Obama's Florida campaign, who was so confident of a Florida victory that he booked his hotel for the inauguration in October. "It's going to be great to get together and celebrate.''
The Florida celebration will be a bit of a bipartisan affair. On hand to watch Obama's swearing-in Tuesday: Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez and Gov. Charlie Crist, who after a spate of critical news stories about a pricey trip to Europe, is flying commercial with his wife, Carole Rome, "at their expense.''
Crist, a spokeswoman said, may only attend the swearing-in and parade. Read more here.