This satellite image, shot at 11:19 a.m. Tuesday, shows tens of thousands of people huddled at three checkpoints designated for purple, silver and blue ticket holders. We cannot determine whether these people gained access to the event. However, thousands of purple and blue ticket holders did not make it to their viewing areas despite arriving early and spending hours standing in line.
SOURCES: Satellite image by GeoEye, staff reports | The Washington Post - January 24, 2009
Inaugural Missteps And Miscalculations Article | At 10 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse gazed from his patrol car as it cruised past lines of shivering ticket holders along the southwestern end of the Capitol. "They're flowing pretty good," he said.