Obamas Visit Bushes While Huge Crowd Waits

DC's mood lightens as thousands crowd the Mall for inauguration
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2009 9:43 AM CST
Crowds gather on the National Mall in Washington for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A tell-your-grandchildren moment is happening in DC right now, reports CNN. Barack and Michelle Obama went from church to the White House to meet George and Laura Bush; then they’re on to the Capitol. Hundreds of thousands are gathered, with up to 2 million expected. One local says Washington’s typical cynicism is evaporating: “People are walking lighter, standing taller, and are reaching out to one another.”