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January 20, 2009 8:38 AM

Crowds on the mall

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Submitted by Keith Houser



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January 20, 2009 7:51 AM

Arrived on the mall

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Submitted by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

We just arrived at the mall. It's reverent, almost spiritual. We walked an hour plus. This is what America looks like united.

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January 20, 2009 7:48 AM

Long lines on the Metro

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Submitted by Richard Li


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January 20, 2009 7:31 AM

"Incredible" feeling, Jumbotrons show crowds

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Shortly after 9:30 a.m. the jumbotrons showed the enormous crowd here. Everyone in my area is so happy and proud to be here. There's a woman from Canada, some folks from Georgia and we are all sharing food and hand warmers. The live footage has really energized everyone. This is incredible. Absolutely incredible.

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January 20, 2009 7:28 AM

Cold, but finally at the Monument

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Submitted by Paul Weigel

The train was overcrowded. After two or three stops the conductor announced a malfunction and we all had to disembark. We took a another train in the wrong direction so we could catch another line back in. Finally made it into the city to walk around the parade route to the Mall which is already full. We are now watching a monitor from the Washington Monument a mile away. Its cold!

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January 20, 2009 7:19 AM

Dawning of a new day

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Submitted by Salaha Warsi


Since 4 a.m. this morning, more than 200,000 people have already used the metro to get into DC. An estimated one million are already on the mall. Everywhere you look roads are blocked off. Security is high. Lines to get into the National Mall are long and the only thing you see are the smiles of a nation embracing the dawning of a new day.

About 15 minutes ago President Obama and Mrs. Obama left Blair House and have just entered St. John's church.

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January 20, 2009 6:05 AM

It helps to have connections

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Submitted by Teresa Scribner

After a night of bumping into some of hottest Hollywood celebs (I'm talking about you Robert De Niro), it turns out I was sharing a cab with the biggest star of all. The good friend I'm staying with (who works for the New York Times) managed to score us 2 tickets IN THE SEATED AREA at the swearing in!! One of her co-workers casually mentions there are more tickets at the office that no one is using. After a quick phone call they were given the OK to take them. Lucky for me to be sitting in the taxi next to them. I'll wave to you from the good seats Jim McDermott!!

inaug_De Niro party: Manifest Hope
I felt like a complete stalker at this party in search of Shepard Fairey, the artist responsible for the cool Obama Hope poster. I never got a chance to see him, but I did happen upon Rosario Dawson. I also ran into Moby and Heather Graham. Funniest line heard from several people all night: "Who's the guy in the glasses?"

Being an art major myself, this party was really cool to me. It was a showcase of artists from across the nation who used their skills to get people out to vote. The paintings were amazing and there were also photographs of the first family and even a pair of Nikes that had been painted with an Obama theme. After an hour or so, we left and went to the real party of the night ...

Huffington Post Party

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Never have I been to a place where they allow celebrities to roam free like this. I thought they kept them in cages and only let the come out during awards season or the occasional stint in rehab. But at this party, everywhere you turned there was someone way more famous than me. Sheryl Crow was wrapping up a set when we walked in. Then (cq) took the stage to perform his catchy little tune "Yes We Can". Check it out on YouTube if you haven't seen it. Afterwards, there was an "Inauguration Countdown" and people started blowing horns and whistles like it as New Years Eve. The performances ended with a couple of songs from Sting. I totally didn't even recognize him and kept wondering why Ringo Starr was covering someone else's songs. In my defense I had a bad vantage point of the stage.

Celeb Sightings:
Robert De Niro being interviewed by D.L. Hughley, then pulled away by his very annoyed looking wife.
Tracee Ellis Ross (TV: Girlfriends) making a mad dash for the elevator.
Keisha Knight Pulliam: Rudy Huxtable has aged very well.
Josh Groban being interviewed (and fawned over) by a gaggle of women.
Isaiah Washington (formerly Dr. Burke on Greys Anatomy) being thankful for every fan he can get. He posed for pictures and stopped to talk to everyone he saw. But he'll never live down that T.R. Knight dust up.

The night ended with a very painful (yes, I wore heels) walk to the Metro terminal where someone tried to initiate an "Obama-Obama" chant. A few people joined in but mostly everyone just jockeyed for a position to get on one of the last trains of the evening. My friend and I only have about 2 hours before we have to get up and walk down to the National Mall. It's a tough job, but ... what am I saying? It's a great job!!

inaug_Farhana Rosario and Teresa

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January 20, 2009 4:44 AM

On the way

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Submitted by Nicole Wicks

we got our wake up call an hour early bc the dc text messages started at 530 and said the lines had started. that was the best way to sober up bc we didn't have time to think about it! Our goal was to get by the lincoln memorial but there weren't huge crowds we just kept going. We are now in front of the smithsonian castle and a huge jumbo tron! We are a little more than halfway between the washington monument and the Capitol!

Its 19 degrees, we didn't wait in lines and were right in front of a jumbotro in the middle of the mall. When we got settled we met the people around us - ca, me, pa, oh, fl, de, il, va, dc, canada and germany - that's all within a 10 ft radius. Our goal is to meet someone from every state. At 715 est I called my parents and everyone yelled 'good morning seattle!'. This is the only day I'd ever get away with that! People are chanting, singing, dancing and taking tons of pictures. So far everyone is polite and very chatty. Only 3.5 hours to go!

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