So this is what we did.
As were the stores.
After a good night's sleep, I got up early for some Obama orange juice and a walk past many more vendors.
Past McDonalds, where families chowed down in preparation of a long day, or made plans for sticking together or not getting lost (check out the yellow hats!)
As the Mall filled up, entry points closed and the crowd had to try to enter further back toward the Washington Monument, and some people were almost crushed. "Remember Walmart!" Military police, Red Cross, FBI, National Guard, Capital Police and local police were all swamped, and people did help each other. Witnessed panic attacks.
No shortage of "authority figures" or rules, though many of them had cameras!
It was crisp and chilly and the anticipation was building. Most people could hear speakers and at least see a JumboTron. People reached two miles back to the Washington Monument and beyond - 2.8 million, according to the city, with more outside and literally thousands of busses.
I think Reverend Warren was speaking about now - I saw a few people turn their backs. Photographers were climbing up on dumpsters for better angles and people were exercising their free speech, such as this man with his "76" flag and sign.
Wireless systems were taxed and everyone had a camera. Children stared transfixed when the Obamas were shown on the screen. People were a mix of reverent and somber, and joyful and thrilled.