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Inauguration Notes: 7:45 a.m.

By admin Published: January 20, 2009

On C-SPAN, Ann Compton says the blocked-off streets have made the inauguration area "a pedestrian's paradise." Crawls and graphics on several channels are noting inauguration trivia (first televised inauguration: Harry Truman, 1949).

It's not all party-party. On CNN, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is asked about Rick Warren's involvement in the inauguration -- since Warren has made anti-gay comments. Newsom gently indicates both his respect for Warren and his feeling that Warren should not have been part of today's events. "Today" has a taped piece about the challenges facing the new president, followed by discussion with Tom Brokaw and David Gregory. Brokaw says Obama team believes "a crisis is a terrible thing to waste -- because they have the country paying attention and so much good will out there." Did he think before drawing on a United Negro College Fund slogan for his comment?

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