Obamas Meet Wild Cheers

More than 8,800 line Pennsylvania Ave for celebration

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2013 3:01 PM CST

(Newser) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama today emerged twice from their limousine to respond to wildly cheering crowds along the inaugural parade route from Capitol Hill to the White House. The couple waved to chanting, flag-waving crowds lining Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the start of Obama's second term. Spectators began shouting "Obama, Obama" as they returned the greetings from the first couple. Many in the crowd used their cellphones for picture-taking to capture the scene. The first lady blew air kisses to the crowd as the couple got back in their limousine after walking about three blocks.

The Obamas later got out of their limousine again closer to the White House, waving and walking hand-in-hand. The crowd roared as the Obamas walked by bleachers in front of the White House, waving and smiling. Michelle Obama occasionally clapped her hands when she wasn't holding hands with the president. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill also left their limousine to acknowledge the crowds. Biden on several occasions bounded over to the barricades to shake hands with spectators and pose with children. Some spectators who weren't along the route where the Obamas walked said they were happy nonetheless. See more here.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, during the Inaugural Parade.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, during the Inaugural Parade.   (AP Photo/The New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool)
People watch as the motorcade with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama gets closer in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.
People watch as the motorcade with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama gets closer in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Malia Obama, right, and Sasha Obama look on from the presidential box during the Inaugural parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
Malia Obama, right, and Sasha Obama look on from the presidential box during the Inaugural parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President Barck Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
President Barck Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21,2013.
The 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21,2013.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Khongorzul Battsengel, left, and Ariunbolor Davaatsogt both from Mongolia, take a picture of themselves at the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.
Khongorzul Battsengel, left, and Ariunbolor Davaatsogt both from Mongolia, take a picture of themselves at the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Michelle Obama reacts to the crowd as she walks the inaugural parade route walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
Michelle Obama reacts to the crowd as she walks the inaugural parade route walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
United States Marine Band ,The President's Own, performs while passing the presidential box and the White House during the Inaugural parade Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.
United States Marine Band ,The President's Own, performs while passing the presidential box and the White House during the Inaugural parade Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Security lines Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, prior to the start of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.
Security lines Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, prior to the start of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama waits in his limousine for the start of the Inaugural Parade on the east side of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2102.
President Barack Obama waits in his limousine for the start of the Inaugural Parade on the east side of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2102.   (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)
Arianna Dorman of Fort Washington, Md., holds her dog Luke, as she poses with the civil rights movement float prepared for the Presidential Inaugural Parade, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 in Washington.
Arianna Dorman of Fort Washington, Md., holds her dog "Luke," as she poses with the civil rights movement float prepared for the Presidential Inaugural Parade, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, during the Inaugural Parade.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, during the Inaugural Parade.   (AP Photo/The New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool)
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