Smaller Inaugural Crowds Still Enthuthiastic

10:57 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--- Although the crowds at this year's inaugural ceremonies are expected to be less than half as large as four years ago, those making the trip here to see Barack Obama sworn in as President of the United States don't appear to be any less enthusiastic than they were four years ago.

"This is historic. The first one was historic, but him being reelected the second time confirmed that Americans are ready to move forward in terms of race and, me being an African-American, I'm more excited to see an African-American elected president," said Ebenezer Egyepong," of Baltimore.

"This is an other historic moment, we are watching history in the making. President Obama had so many b obstacles in getting re-elected, but he's here and I'm here to give support to let the people all over the country know that we are in support of President Obama, " said Dr. Gloria Morrow of California.

"I think he's smart. I think he's brilliant, and I think he will do a wonderful job. I think what he has already done is leading the way for what will happen," she said.

I am just overjoyed that we have our president back once again," said Mary Harris of Las Vegas.

Columbus, Ohio teacher Sarah Thronburg walked the mall Sunday with her husband and two children, the inauguration a family affair.

"We've been involved in both campaigns. My son Henry here, he canvassed in both campaigns, first when he was three and this time around, when he was seven, so this is kind of like the last hurrah for Obama so we thought we've got to come and see the fruits of our labor, here," she said.

"We thought it would be easier to get tickets this time, and we did get tickets up on the Capitol lawn," said her husband, Mike Rayo.

Traffic crawled in the area of the National Mall on Sunday, as the inaugural parade route was closed to traffic and workers scrambled to remove traffic signs and traffic lights while colleagues secured manhole covers in the streets as street sweepers cleaned up after them.

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