By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Hours before Barack Obama was to be sworn in as the nation's 44th president, it appeared that the predictions of record-breaking crowds were coming true. At subway stops around the Capitol and the National Mall, people wearing all sorts of Obama hats, scarves, and buttons streamed out.
At the stops I went by, police were politely directing people to the Mall or to the stands that corresponded to their colored tickets: orange, blue, silver, yellow, or purple. As I arrived at the Capitol, Marine One landed to get ready to carry President Bush away after the swearing-in.
Unfortunately, the Capitol area was strewn with garbage—and many empty hand-warmer packages—but few seemed to notice.
Security sign at Capitol.