inauguration 2013

Almost a Million People Are Trying to Catch a Glimpse of Obama’s Inauguration

People begin to gather at the national mall before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.
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Along with marking the start of President Obama’s second term and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today in Washington, D.C. is a national day of lines. Obama will be sworn in this morning (for the fourth time) in front of a crowd numbering between 800,000 and 900,000, according to CNN, most of whom will not be able to make out all of the latest grey hairs on our president’s head. The waiting around started well before dawn, and the security is no joke.

Mark Knoller has a list of the more than twenty agencies on hand for inauguration-related events, from the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police to the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard. And so on:

Public transit is packed:

As are the roads:

Checkpoints are everywhere:

And because this is America:

Obama Inauguration Crowds Drown Washington, D.C.