It's a party
Metro stops are overflowing. Much of the National Mall is already packed. If you're not already on the parade route, or darn close, forget it. And it's not even dawn yet.
Inauguration Day is proving to be just as billed, with massive crowds flooding the Mall and Pennsylvania for the swearing-in and parade. On Capitol Hill, Florida members of Congress of both parties are planning receptions for constituents who made the trip. It is 21 degrees on the Hill.
"There are so many people here who never had been involved in politics or elections before," said Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, whose first inaugural was for President Richard Nixon. "This is a historic occasion, no doubt about that, and the mood is really, really good."
Young said that regardless of their party, members of Congress are wishing Barack Obama well. "People want the president, no matter who the president is, to be successful, because if the president is successful, the country is going to be successful."