Observations from the Mall on Inauguration Day

Early in the morning Jan. 20 people wait in line prior to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in Washington. (CNS/Bob Roller)

Early in the morning Jan. 20 people wait in line prior to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States in Washington. (CNS/Bob Roller)

CNS reporter Chaz Muth called in, standing among a growing crowd of millions to give a live update from the National Mall on this historic Inauguration Day.

The Metro was packed, crammed with people.  Standing-room only as far as the eye could see.  As the doors of the Metro trains opened, people burst through them, a blast of bitter cold air meeting them.  The throng had to endure countless checkpoints and endless crowds as it made its way to the National Mall.

People looking toward the large television screens at times to catch glimpses of events, shivering and waving miniature American flags.

When President-elect Barack Obama appeared on the screen, the crowd went wild at first, then fell silent and listened intently as he spoke.

Dana Dickey, 43, Los Angeles, traveled here with her 12-year-old son, Devon Moreland, a seventh grader from Novel Middle School.  As the two shivered and watched the portable television screen near the Capitol, Dickey’s eyes filled with tears.

“When Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech for the nomination, it was one of those moments that told me I had to find a way to Washington for the Inauguration.  I wanted my son to experience history in the making,” she said.

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