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Obama attended church services in D.C. at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church this morning, while crowds have massed on the Mall for the welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Meanwhile, not surprisingly, the concert has caused traffic congestion, Post reporter Eric M. Weiss reports:

Inbound trains were packed by mid-morning with tourists and locals planning to attend the free 2:30 p.m. concert, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Bono and others, as well as the president-elect and future first family.
Fifteenth Street, 23rd Street and Independence and Virginia avenues were among the key thoroughfares that were closed to traffic around the Mall and the State Department, and parking was for residents only in the neighborhoods between the White House and George Washington University.

Security is out in force, too, though no major problems reported, says Post repoter Mary Beth Sheridan:

Maryland National Guard in camo uniforms stood every 20 yards or so along the fences blocking off access to the mall along 17th Street south of Constitution Ave. Park rangers in green outfits and Park Police in dark blue were also along the route. Ranger Joram Thomas said there had been no problems. "A little cold, but people are sustaining themselves accordingly," he said. Two Humvees are parked at 17th and Constitution

Lines to get through security for the concert are reportedly backed up as long as 40 minutes, though some entrances are faster.

Live full coverage on our home page throughout the day, as well as breaking bulletins here at Inauguration Watch.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Post Coverage
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