AP: Emotions ran high for some White House visitors who got the chance Wednesday to meet President Barack Obama.
Some people cried. Others became flustered. One wore an Obama flag as a cape and a hat emblazoned with his name.
"We just praise and thank the Lord," said one woman who came face to face with Obama in the White House's Blue Room. "It's been better than we expected."
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stood under a crystal chandelier as a steady stream of visitors made it to the first-floor formal room in the mansion. Some guests wore coats and scarves, a reminder of the cold they braved to see Obama just one day after he became the 44th president.
"Enjoy yourself, roam around," a smiling Obama told one guest as he shuffled through the room. "Don't break anything."
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Obamas Show Guests Around White House
And the crowd goes wild