President Barack Obama supporters arrive on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press - Ap
Crowds throng to Mall, ready to witness history
- Associated Press
- January 21, 2013 - 9:18 AM
WASHINGTON - There isn't the same crush of humanity as four years ago, but the crowd for President Barack Obama's second inauguration is extending along the National Mall to a giant tent and screen in front of the Washington Monument.
A heavy and steady stream of people flooded the Mall on Monday, stretching out around the reflecting pool.
People snapped pictures with a flag-draped Capitol building in the background.
Betsy Seeber of Doylestown, Pa., said, "I'm not a crowd person, and I was pretty astounded when they estimated there would only be 800,000."
The weather is cool with a steady breeze. Hand-warmers are being sold by street vendors three for $5. In 2009, when temperatures were in the 20s, vendors got $5 for each one.
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