Over a million attend Barack Obama's second inauguration
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The euphoria may not be quite like his first inauguration, yet an expectation-defying crowd of over a million turned out to witness the charismatic Barack Obama take oath for a second time as US President.
In 2009, when Obama swept a war-weary America with a promise of change and scripted history by becoming the first African American President, a record 1.8 million people had flooded the National Mall to witness his swearing in.
This year, the inauguration officers of the presidential inauguration committee and security officers associated with the planning had expected around 800,000 people to turn up for the event.
However, officials associated with the crowd management said they estimated that at least a million people had attended the inauguration event in the US Capitol yesterday, surpassing expectations.
According to Washington Metro Transit Authority ¿ which runs the city's metro system ¿ by 4 pm more than 538,000 people had used the metro system and they were expecting the number to cross much more by the end of the day.
The huge crowd that crossed a million mark took many organisers by surprise, and is indicative that Obama still enjoys much of the popularity he held at the beginning of his first term.
Obama himself wanted to have a last glimpse of this cheering crowd overlooking the National Mall from the Capitol Hill. "I want to take a look one more time. I'm not going to see this again," he said as he was walking away from the Capitol Hill after delivering his speech to the hundreds and thousands of people.
After having his traditional luncheon at the Congress, Obama and the First Lady drove by the parade route to the hundreds and thousands of cheering crowd who had lined up for hours on Monday, some even waiting since early in the morning.