The crowds and police wait anxiously along the Inaugural Parade route for Barak Obama and Joe Biden to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the 2009 Inauguration celebrations in Washington, DC. The crowd went crazy when the Obamas passed, while the police breathed a sigh of relief that nothing happened on their watch.
Given the sheer number of people who participated in the 2009 Inguration (close to 2 million people), police and security were brought from all over the country to help with security checks and guard the streets.
The 2009 Inaugural Parade was delayed several hours because of the collapse of Ted Kennedy at lunch and the Obamas' walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. By the time the parade started late afternoon, many people had already left the crowds, but it was still a great celebration that brought people from all over the country together.
Read a personals accounts of marching in the 2009 Inaugural Parade with Peace Corps and navigating the crowds to get to the press box on Pennsylvania and 12th streets.
Taken by Daniel Noll on a break from our round-the-world journey.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.