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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - John Coombs
The crowds weren't as big as they were four years ago, but hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators flocked to Washington for Monday's inauguration, where they braved chilly temperatures and heavy security to witness the ceremonial start of President Obama's second term.
"I think there's energy, and people are quite optimistic," said John Coombs, 46, a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident who was attending his first inauguration. "I can see hope on everybody's faces."