The Associated Press
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A crowd fills up the National Mall before at 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/Carolyn Kaster)

So, just how many people are on the National Mall for President Barack Obama's second inaugural ceremony?

A lot — but probably not the roughly 1.8 million who jammed it four years ago.

In hours before Obama's public swearing-in, the crowd extends from the Capitol and beyond the Washington Monument to around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

But, though the crowd has grown thicker this morning — especially beyond the ticketed section — it doesn't seem as packed as in 2008.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced that the non-ticketed public viewing areas on the National Mall east of 7th Street are full and now closed.

— Donna Cassata and Mary Clare Jalonick— Twitter http://twitter.com/DonnaCassataAP and http://twitter.com/mcjalonick


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