Newsline photo by Steven Mendoza
Two days before Barack Obam's inauguration, supporters attend a free concert featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Garth Brooks, U2 and others. (Maryland Newsline photo by Steven Mendoza)

Nearly 2 million people gathered on the National Mall in Washington to witness the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

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--from Capital News Service, CNS-TV and Maryland Newsline

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Maryland Newsline/Capital News Service special report; stories published in January 2009; report front published February 2009.

Special report produced by Maryland Newsline's Steven Mendoza, with help from Leila Taha and Hannah Kim. With reporting by Capital News Service's Megan Miller, Leonard Sparks, Erika Woodward, Maren Wright, Russ Dinallo and Romney Smith. Edited by Adrianne Flynn (Washington CNS print stories), Rafael Lorente (Annapolis CNS print story), Chris Harvey (Web-only stories and interactives) and Dave Burns and Cassandra Clayton (CNS-TV). Banner graphic by Mendoza.

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