Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The crowds have been streaming into the center of the nation's capital since before dawn this morning, packing the National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument to see Barack Obama's swearing in as the nation's 44th president.
By 7 a.m., transit officials said more than 200,000 people had entered Washington's Metro transit system. Huge lines had formed outside subway stations, and a Metro spokeswoman says the platforms have been extremely crowded, while lines at fare machines have been 10 people deep at points.
For weeks, officials have been urging people to arrive early, and people have heeded the advice.
In addition to thoses gathering on the Mall, thousands more are gathering along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.