For Obama’s second inauguration, a subdued, less crowded Washington

U.S. President Obama makes remarks to reporters in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is one of those occasions that is quintessential Washington: the inauguration of a president, a multi-day festival of patriotism, politics, optimism and self-congratulation. All of that will be on display on January 21, when President Barack Obama is publicly sworn in for his second four-year term. But this inauguration will be far less grand than Obama's first in 2009, when a record 1.8 million visitors flooded the city to see the nation's first black president take office. …

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