By Taylor Lasley WASHINGTON — Barack Obama will be inaugurated today as the 44th president of the United States. The News is here on the National Mall to live-blog the ceremony. 12:13 p.m. | The Inaugural Prayer said that we are “United by our freedom and justice for all.” But perhaps more impressive than this […]
By Clark Xue WASHINGTON, 9:55 a.m. — As a native of California, I can no longer take the weather and am taking refuge in the Smithsonian until about 11 a.m. And I’m not the only one with the idea. In fact, there is a line to get in, and hot dog stands are price-gouging. The […]
By Martine Powers WASHINGTON, 8:25 a.m. — Entering the silver gate entrance onto the mall was a chaotic process. The atmosphere, though exhilirating, was also mildly warlike. Police cars on every corner, choppers dotting the sky, militant chants and the occasional primal scream. If you didn’t know better, Obama’s inauguration could seem like a conflict […]
By Zeke Miller WASHINGTON, 8:22 a.m. — The gates appear to have opened but crowds have only gotten bigger. People are booing at a group that cut the line. There are no police here and it is chaos. The lines have disolved into a massive group of people pushing and shoving each other.