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The other inauguration

Inauguration | High anticipation turns to high frustration for some during Tuesday's festivities, leading one to call it "insane but awesome"
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 1/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-An Inauguration Day that began with high expectations was interrupted with frustration for thousands of ticket holders who had descended into the nation's capital from all over America only to be prevented for hours from entering the ceremony.

With inauguration officials using a color-coded ticket system for the series of entranceways leading to the west front of the U.S. Capitol building, those with purple-colored tickets said they were given the unlucky color.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jae C. Hong

A new chapter

Inauguration | Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, as the world and a boisterous mass of people looked on
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON- The swell of 2 million voices generated an overpowering sound to the human ear as Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the next president of the United States. The ceremony on the Capitol steps began a new chapter in the story of a man with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, who Tuesday became the most powerful person on earth.

The mass of spectators, which spread a mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol, waved American flags and embraced each other in excitement-and to keep warm.

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Associated Press/Photo by Frank Franklin II

New York reaction

Inauguration | A diverse audience gathers in Harlem to watch history take place in the nation's capital
by Alisa Harris
Posted 1/20/09, 12:00 am

HARLEM, N.Y.-From 7 a.m., the line at the Schomburg Center for Research wrapped around the block. Staff opened the doors at 10, and the auditorium's 340 seats filled before 11. Security guards yelled above the roar that the auditorium was at capacity, but a lobby full of people still clamored to get in.

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