The film based on his presidency might not have won the Academy Award for best picture, but Abraham Lincoln remains plenty popular in Washington. For the third straight year, the memorial honoring the 16th president was the most visited of the monuments and memorials in the city in 2011, drawing an estimated 6 million visitors, according to the National Park Service.
The first significant snowfall for the D.C. area complicated the morning commute Thursday, but weather officials said another system moving in to the mid-Atlantic on Friday could wreak havoc during the end of the work week.
Schoolteacher Patricia Cooper gazed out at the many hundreds of thousands of people lining the National Mall, moments after Barack Obama had been sworn in for the second time as president.
Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers for President Obama were streaming onto the National Mall in front of the Capitol early Monday morning in anticipation of the ceremonial inauguration.
It was altogether a more intimate affair than four years ago. Just a party of untold hundred thousands, chilling in the nation's backyard.
The nation honored civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday — the same day it celebrated the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.
Inauguration weekend in Washington kicked off Saturday with a day of volunteering, as President Obama and the first lady led a who's who of celebrities and political leaders in National Day of Service projects.
Thousands of D.C.-area residents grabbed shovels, paint brushes and shipping boxes as part of the National Day of Service on Saturday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in advance of Monday's national holiday for King and inaugural celebration.
President Barack Obama is heading up a National Day of Service at the start of a whirlwind weekend of inaugural events that mark the end of his historic first term and the start of his second.