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Celebrity Spotings: Fox, Carey, Ali and More

4: 25 p.m.

(6th and C) -- Michael J. Fox talks to folks around the corner from the Newseum.

11: 15 a.m.

(Portajohns)-- Near the Capitol

No celebrity treatment for R&B singer and Halle Berry and her ex-husband Eric Benet who waited in line for a Portajohn near the Capitol. "I was standing in line for an hour, but I'm blessed to be here," Benet said as he bent over to place toe warmers in his black and white Adidas.

9: 36 a.m.

(1rst and E Street NW) -- Getting to the Event

Singer Mariah Carey is wading in the middle of a large crowd at 1st and E Street NW and she can't move. People are snapping photos.

8:35 a.m.

(555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.) -- Newseum

For today, this museum is living up to its name as a mecca for all things media. Charlie Gibson was escorted to his balcony perch by museum employees. Cokie roberts is chatting calmly in the hall.

"Where's CNN?" James Carville just barked at security guard.
Meanwhile, the bundled crowds have started to trickle onto Pennsylvania Ave. sidewalks but plenty of room remains.

8:31 a.m.
Among the VIP's being driven in was boxing legend Muhammad Ali who just looked and waved when he was asked what the moment meant.

7:30 am

(17th and Constitution) -- Getting to the Event

Actor Samuel L. Jackson shared a few choice words with a member of the Secret Service after his vehicle got tied up in traffic on Constitution Avenue.

A D.C. officer said "I guess he's mad because his police escort hasn't arrived yet. We treat everybody the same here."

-- Ovetta Wiggins, Hamil Harris, Roz Helderman and Lori Aratani

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 20, 2009; 7:49 AM ET
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Yeah for the cops. Chill out, Samuel. You're rich, for entertaining people but, let's faceit, not making the country a better place. The election was supposed to be about everyone being treated the same and helping the country. Just try being one of the little people for a day.

Posted by: Sutter | January 20, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Really. What the hell is Samuel L. about, huh? I LOVE it that the Hollywood crowd is getting their DC come-uppance! IF YOU AINT A GOVT. OFFICIAL, YOU AIN'T NOBODY HERE, PAL!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sam Jackson was still upset when I ran into him "literally" as he tried to rush to the "ticket section" from the "no-ticket" section. Unfortunately he ran into a blockade there too. There was a street that seperated the two sections and a bunch of Military / Police. They would not make any exception to allow him to cross. Even with him on the JumboTrons when they were playing the recording of the Concert from Sunday where he had made a speech. Everyone was taking his picture as he was trying to phone someone "at the top". It is too bad the special moment was surrounded by negative experiences for him and too bad he didn't see the people who were working the event were also doing a great service to the people and to the government. Come check out my blog where I have a photo of him on the phone if you want to see it as part of my personal experience from the Inauguration: http://antibloggedy.blogspot(dot)com

Posted by: antibloggedy | January 21, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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