Crowds headed to National Mall, but not as many as last year

WASHINGTON - A heavy and steady stream of people is heading toward the National Mall as the sun comes up, but there isn't the same early morning crush of humanity there was at this time four years ago for President Barack Obama's first inauguration.


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With several hours to go before the main event, people are having their pictures taken with a flag-draped Capitol building in the background.
 
"I'm not a crowd person, and I was pretty astounded when they estimated there would only be 800,000," says Betsy Seeber of Doylestown, Pa.
 
It's cool and there's a steady breeze. Handwarmers are being sold by street vendors at three for $5. In 2009, when temperatures were in the 20s, vendors were getting $5 each.
 
"I'm cold, but we came prepared," says Janice Boyd of Bentonville, Ark.
 
 
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