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January 20th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

Morning update from Team 360°

Tens of thousands of people had gathered on the National Mall by 7:15 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered on the National Mall by 7:15 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

Team 360 is heading to the area of the Newseum. Yes, we got done at midnight last night, but because of the massive crowds, we had to leave the hotel super early in order to get through security and make sure we are set up before the 10a coverage begins on CNN.

Yesterday was crazy! We did some live shots during the day on the Mall. Then came back for the show. I was with Randi Kaye at the Huffington Post party so missed out on the crowds around Anderson last night. But if yesterday was any indication, he was probably mobbed. People were clamoring for pictures, hugs, hand shakes, and even just a glimpse of him.

At the party last night, it was so crowded, you couldn't move. After we left, Randi and I were talking about how wild it was there. I mean, as many people were stopping for pictures with our own John King and NBC's David Gregory as they were Ben Affleck and Sharon Stone. It was a bit surreal. I was really amazed with how many celebrities I saw, all in town for the same reason we are: to see the new President take his oath.

More from the Newseum later today. Be sure to watch tonight as well for all the latest from the top of the Newseum.

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Update 9:33 a.m. ET

People, people as far as the eye can see. We are on the roof of the Newseum again. Everyone seems to be in fine spirits, even with the long walks in the cold to get here. We have a long day ahead, but will bring you all of the excitement both on CNN and on the blog.

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Update 10:58 p.m. ET

Obama’s caravan just passed by. People are cheering so loudly, and even though we are on the 10th floor of the Newseum, you can hear them!

It’s not nearly as cold, and the heaters seem to be working. So all of our analysts and anchors seem to be happy right now.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Fay - California

    It gets tiring.

    I must strongly disagree – Kay's posts have been a highlight these past few days and her anecdotes about how people have reacted and responded to Anderson when they've encountered him have been very entertaining to read.

    January 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  2. c,ca

    Obviously I watch 360 often. I like the show. I like Anderson also. But why does practically EVERYTHING you cover have to be taken from the perspective that Anderson is the center of the story and everything revolves around him?

    It gets tiring.

    January 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  3. Clay

    Hey Kay, great job. Stay warm!!!

    January 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  4. Tonja Scott-Pate

    This is more than a great day for me. Being that I am a Black woman and celebrating 46 years of birth today. I am also celebrating the birth of a new age. This day is not just my birthday. But a birthday for America. This day a new country is being born. One that all men are recognized as being equal.
    Yes, you will have some that want to hang on to their bigotry. But, as a country we have "overcome". We have overcome the ignorance of thinking that we can't make it. We have overcome the obstacles of racism, lynchings, hosing, beatings, and jail, to say, "Yes, we did!"
    God bless American, and President Barack Obama!

    January 20, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  5. missy

    I am rather disappointed that I had all weekend off and yesterday to watch CNN, and now today, the big day, I am at work.

    But at least I have a job – for that I am thankful.

    January 20, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  6. Cindy

    HMM..funny you say that Kay cause I've seen some blogs of people down on the Mall saying that some people have no clue who Anderson is and had to ask who he was. As far as the crowds behind him seems to me that they just want to get on camera! LOL

    Cindy..Ga.

    January 20, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  7. Presley in Michigan

    We luvs Anderson!!!
    I would have hugged him!!!
    He's a Rock Star.
    XXO ♥

    January 20, 2009 at 10:38 am |