The Massive Influx for Obama's Inauguration

Amid the huge crowds on the National Mall for the swearing-in, few seem to notice the trash.

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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.

Metro crowds.

Garbage outside.

Security sign at Capitol.