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Group gathers at east wing of Government Center for inauguration

Columbus Council Clerk Tiny Washington secured a spot before the large projector screen by 10:45 a.m. A laptop sat nearby and equipment flashed the coverage onto the screen.

A reporter’s speech could be heard while the images lagged behind. Washington was settled into her seat.

“I’m so excited, just to be able to watch it,” she said.

Just more than hour later, she wiped tears from her face as Barack Obama swore to uphold the constitution.