January 20th, 2009
09:03 AM ET
14 years ago

Beating back the chill


A group of visitors huddles together for warmth on the National Mall, where temperatures hovered around 20 degrees early Tuesday morning. (Photo credit: Eric Marrapodi/CNN)

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Meka

    True American's!

    January 20, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Steele Curtain

    With the start of the Obama – Pelosi – Reid Depression only hours away, these people should get used to sleeping without shelter.

    January 20, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. katiec

    What a historical, wonderful day. One we all can be proud of.
    Wish I could be there with them.

    January 20, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. S Callahan

    I'm cold just looking at the picture.

    God Bless you Mr. President....may the winds of God be swiftly on your back, and the arms of the angels carrying you with the rest.

    January 20, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. chuck


    January 20, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. OKIE

    You people are crazy! I will be so glad when this is over with and he can start earning his paycheck. I pray he is a good leader but I don't put all my trust in him. Remember, It takes an army of people to run this country, not just him. I pray he has some good advisors and I pray he will not be a "yes" man to everyone's little whims like Clinton was.

    Lord God, help this man, cause he's gonna need it!

    January 20, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. eric frank morrison

    see how far,strong of a bond obama has brought to america.thanks obama.

    January 20, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |

    Memo to neo-cons and bible-beaters.

    Please note the millions of American citizens that have braved 20 degree weather from 3 A.M. 'til noon. You would be wise to TIVO these scenes, then when you feel like being an obstructionist, review the TIVO scenes.

    Then you can decide if you want to get on board or be run over, but you will NOT be able to stop the people of America.

    January 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. lala

    Hold tuff people...you are witnessing history!

    January 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Tim

    At least the unemployable have something to do today!

    January 20, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Mike O'Brien

    I am glad that I am home and watching the inauguration on CNN News. burr ! Where's the fridge and the food. Great historic moment. Mike in Montana

    January 20, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Maybe the temperature will drop. Then it might start to snow.

    January 20, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Love each other!!

    Wish I was there or at home watching this historical moment...but Im at work sneaking to type this blog. Oh well..I DVRed it at home. Excited to watch it later : )

    January 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Teddy City

    If there are any republicans at the inauguration today they can now see what it is really like to be black in America.

    January 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. This is NOT CHANGE

    Idiots.. 2 million people, none of them working. Just exactly what this administration will promote..

    January 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. reds nj

    Please, can we for ONE day, not be negative?

    January 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Anon

    I think Steele Curtain is forgetting that we've been in a depression for the past six years.

    January 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Poconos

    Am I the only one who is wondering......Don't These People Have J-O-B-S? Kids to feed? Mortgages to pay? Insurance to buy? Oh that's right they can skip work, they don't have to look for a job or do any of those responsible things. Thats why we have government bail outs! I mean come on! I understand that this is an historical event. Jobs are scarce. Times are hard. You couldn't tell it by that crowd. D.C is not cheap and I am sure the prices have gone up this week!

    January 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Darth

    to okie: let's hope he can undo the last eight years of conniving and back room deals with the oil companies and arms manufacturers! let's hope that our standing in the world improves in the next four years! that's what you wanted to say, right?

    January 20, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. John

    OKIE: Your name suits you well, with all the cynicism and all. Get a life...

    January 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. From the North

    There with you in spirit – wishing you all the very best. God bless.

    January 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Tania

    I hope he speaks about taking responsibility for yourself, not blaming everyone else for your problems, and just getting down to "yes, I can" and "yes, I will" - no more excuses.

    January 20, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    These people are crazy...

    January 20, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |