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Richard Piatt's blog: Final Countdown

Richard Piatt's blog: Final Countdown

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Everyone is ready for the historic inauguration Tuesday, including myself and photographer Mike Radice. We arrived in Washington Sunday night, and the place is already electric with anticipation.

Add a little dread, too.

We're hearing a lot of horror stories about how crowded it's going to be and how difficult it's going to be to do anything because of the 2 million other people who are also going to be here.

But we'll see. I know from covering G.W. Bush's inauguration four years ago that it is crazy, crazy, crazy beyond anything I've experienced. If this is worse, than it will really be interesting.

We've already encountered a lot of souvenir stands, port-a-potties, fencing, and characters. Most notably, two African-American women on our flight from New York. They had come from Las Vegas with sequined hats, jewelry, bedazzled scarf with Obama all over it, T-shirts, and fingernails customized for the event. They're here to party-down and watch history unfold. I have a feeling they're going to be exhausted by Wednesday.

Richard Piatt


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