Inauguration weekend / by Kate Lord


On the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration, crowds gathered in the National Mall to check out the scene.

Texans for Obama

A Texan woman wears a "Texans for Obama" bumper sticker on the back of her winter coat in the National Mall Monday, January 19.

Street Vendor

A street vendor warms his hands as a large group descends on his Obama merchandise on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration.

Gallery Place-Chinatown

Cambrea Sturgis, 9, of Kannapolis, N.C. stands in the crowd waiting to push out of the Gallery Place - Chinatown metro stop in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 20. The D.C. metro system saw record crowds on inauguration day.

Indiana Avenue checkpoint

A panoramic image of the crowd locked outside of the National Mall at a checkpoint on Indiana Avenue on inauguration day.

Joyce Miller

Joyce Miller, a teacher from Texas, listens to a radio broadcast of President Barack Obama's inaugural speech and recites it aloud for the large crowd at the Indiana Avenue checkpoint to hear. The crowd, which waited 4 hours in the cold and didn't make it inside the checkpoint in time to hear Obama's speech, stood quietly and listened to Miller recite.

Joyce Miller

Joyce Miller celebrates after President Barack Obama finished his speech.

Metro Center

Tuesday night, long after the hub-bub of the inauguration was over, the Metro Center metro stop was not crowded at all.