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HALF A LOAF

Monday - 1/21/2013, 7:28pm  ET

Crowds fill the National Mall to watch the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is fond of saying: "We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good." His point: sometimes we have to settle for half a loaf.

We'll, that's what he got in Washington today during his second inauguration -- in attendance, that is.

Turnout was "definitely above 800,000" and possibly up to 1 million people, according to Chris Geldart, who directs the District of Columbia's homeland security and emergency management agency. That estimate is based on aerial views of how the crowd filled sections of the mall.

That's about half of the 1.8 million people who showed up for Obama's first inauguration in 2009.

-- Liz Sidoti -- Twitter http://twitter.com/lsidoti

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Inauguration Watch follows the events of President Barack Obama's second inaugural. Look for short items and photos throughout the day.


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