Americans gather to cheer Obama - together

January 21, 2009 5:04:08 AM PST
From the boisterous streets of New York to the suddenly silent casinos in Las Vegas and virtually everywhere in between, Americans celebrated Barack Obama's inauguration by answering his call for national unity: They gathered together. Thirty-two-year-old Amanda Hoff skipped work to watch Tuesday's ceremonies with hundreds in a Philadelphia skyscraper. She said it was "the kind of moment where you'll always remember where you were when it happened." She said she had to be with people, not just sitting at home by herself.

Across the country at the plush Paramount Theater in Seattle, Christine Ditzler, a visiting student from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., knew the feeling. The venue was filled to its 2,807-seat capacity and rocked with cheers when Obama gave his address. Ditzler said, "There was a lot of good energy."

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