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WASHINGTON (AP) - Downtown Washington D.C. is usually humming on a weekday morning -- but not like this.

Out-of-towners and area residents alike have overwhelmed mass transit and filled city streets to witness the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama.

Energized by the historic moment, thousands of people have turned the city's orderly grid of streets into a festive party scene as they stream up from subway stations and throng past parked buses, emergency vehicles and street vendors. Security checkpoints have been mobbed.

Christian Alderson of Berryville, Va., went to Memphis, Tenn., in 1968 to support the sanitation workers strike and said he was there when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Today, he's in Washington.

Alderson says that day in Memphis "was sorrowful." Today, he says "it's a dream come true."

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