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Obamas depart Capitol by helicopter

Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have departed the Capitol. They made small talk and shook hands with their successors, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, before climbing aboard a helicopter. The Obamas plan to make their home in Washington, but are leaving town today for a vacation in California.

As a helicopter buzzed over the crowd on Pennsylvania Avenue, people pointed and yelled. “Bye, Obama,” they shouted. Some clapped and laughed.

Live coverage of Trump’s inauguration
The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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