#Inauguration fun fact: Thomas Jefferson had the first inaugural parade in Washington in 1801. #inaug2013Starting Point CNNvia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Walking same route at same time as I did four years ago and there's about half the amount of ppl. #wideopenspaces #cnnAshley Killoughvia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:24 AMOfficials estimated 1.8 million people attended Obama's first inauguration in 2008 but expect only 800,000 or 900,000 to attend this year.
Fun fact about St. Johns Episcopal: The pews of the church have kneel cushions with the name of every president inscribed on them.danielpmericavia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:41 AM
There is so much open space on the mall right now that dozens upon dozens are laying down on blankets. Some are playing games, some are napping.Also, there's one guy in camouflage uniform hoisting up a pole with the American flag and a "Don't tread on me flag," the symbol of the tea party. He's causing quite a stir, as some people have gathered around to argue with him. However, he's in a different gated section so I can't talk to him.Another trend I've noticed is that many of the people I've talked to live in the DC area and didn't travel.
León’s benediction will mark his second appearance on the inauguration stage. In 2005 he delivered the invocation for the President George W. Bush’s second inauguration.
"You don't get used to this. I'm just as nervous now as I was the first time,” León said. “From the moment someone asks you to do that, your wheels are spinning with what to say. So my wheels were spinning now."
You can't miss these hats: There's a group of 400 high school and junior high students here--all wearing the same red and white striped hats. With an organization called "Lead America," they come from all over the world. Egypt. Saudi Arabia. Georgia. Ohio. Many signed up five months ago, before the election. They've been here since 5 a.m. and they came prepared, as they're now snacking on their boxed lunches--at 9 a.m. What do they think so far? One consensus: It's crowded. But they're not complaining about the music so far, especially Bruce Springsteen. The boss apparently appeals to all ages.
Inaugural co-chairs Schumer and Alexander just departed east front of Capitol to go pick up President and VP.Jim Acostavia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM
So he and his wife Sharon, a nurse, decided at the last minute last week to make the drive from Georgia and come to "enjoy as spectators.""This is history in the making," Sharon said, noting that the second inauguration of the country's first black president falls on Martin Luther King Jr Day.While they're both former DC-area residents, this is their first inauguration and they say they're surprised to see the throngs of people crowding the Mall."But it's nice to see all the different kinds of people," Carlos added, with a look of satisfaction on his face.
Headed to the @WhiteHouse with my wife Diana for coffee with the President, Vice President and their lovely wivesGOPLeadervia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM