The Associated Press estimate is based on crowd photographs and comparisons with past events.
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Crowds crammed into the nation’s capital Tuesday, packing subway cars and filling the National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument for the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president. Farther away at the Lincoln Memorial, smaller crowds surrounded the Reflecting Pool, watching the festivities on large TV screens.
For weeks, officials urged people to arrive early for the historic inauguration of the nation’s first black president and throngs of revelers heeded that advice, arriving hours before daybreak.