Scenes From the Inauguration
Inauguration Day had arrived, and Daniel Tostado, 19, visiting from Indiana, sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at 4 a.m., waiting for much of the city to awake to greet it. "This is the spot," he said, hands jammed in his trench coat pockets as he gazed out at a horizon aglow with the U.S. Capitol.
He was not alone for long. Scott Moore, 19, and his brother John, 21, just off a plane from Chicago, came for a look at Lincoln and to mouth the majestic words etched on the wall. Then Martin Lam, 31, visiting from San Francisco, rolled up on a scooter.
Jimmy McGee, 46, a loan officer from Atlanta, led his wife and three sons up the stairs just before 5 a.m.
"Oh, wow," he said, eying the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. He summoned his children -- Asher, 7; Noah, 11; and Jay, 15 -- for a quick history lesson. "He stood right here. Right here."
McGee then took their hands and closed his eyes. "Thank you for this day, Lord," he said. "Thank you."
-- Paul Schwartzman * * *
South Side of the Mall
As the skies began to lighten, Palmer Reising was standing atop a duffel bag wedged between two branches of a tree, about nine feet off the ground.
"Smile," said the 43-year-old from Cincinnati, snapping another photo on someone else's camera. "Ooh, that was a good one."
People below used Reising as a landmark.
"Do you see the guy in the tree?" a man several yards away said into his cellphone. "I'm near him."