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 initial excitement here seems to be giving way to exhaustion and hypothermia — but Obama’s presence should cure all. He is still wildly cheered when his name is mentioned on the jumbotrons.