Inauguration, Parade Rehearsal Take Place in D.C.





Officials staged a large-scale rehearsal of the upcoming presidential inauguration and parade this morning -- and even practiced the swearing-in at the Capitol with a stand-in for Barack Obama.

The stand-in, Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks, delivered a six-word inaugural address that nonetheless drew a cheer: "My fellow Americans, God bless America!"

The activities began before dawn, with thousands of people deployed later in the morning at the Capitol and along the parade route. It was cold and damp when the rehearsal began, lit by a full moon. The drill ended about 11:30 a.m.


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