The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 10:52AM

A loud cheer went up from the millions on the National Mall at 10:41 a.m., as they saw what was presumably the motorcade carrying President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama heading down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol.

A minute later, Oprah Winfrey was escorted through the crowd to seats about 30 feet in front of me. People shouted her name and crowded around to take photos.

Another celebrity sighting. Usher just walked by, with two fairly mean-looking security men behind.

And Jamie Lee Curtis is now ballroom dancing with a male friend in front of us.


— Jon Ward, White House reporter