Dr. Doris Robinson, professor at Lincoln Land Community College in Jacksonville, says she was among the mass of people when we talked to her just before the ceremony began.
“It’s history and living in Jacksonville I'm so attuned to historical events," says Robinson. "This is history that I can actually participate in, see and experience. I didn't go to the first inauguration [for President Obama] so this was my chance to see him at this inauguration."
A heavy and steady stream of people flooded the National Mall today, stretching out around the reflecting pool.
Robinson says it was a special feeling seeing President Obama sworn in on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
“For myself, personally, it is I think more significant because Martin Luther King really brought the issue of equality to the forefront in our country," says Robinson. "I think it is very significant that it is happening on this day."
The weather was cool with a steady breeze in the nation’s capital. Hand-warmers were being sold by street vendors three for $5. In 2009, when temperatures were in the 20s, vendors got $5 for each one.