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Tom Brown and his wife arrived in Washington D.C. on Sunday in time for pre-inauguration festivities that featured performances from U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other stars.

The crowd spilled from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, said Brown, a Webb City carpenter.

“The electricity in this city is amazing,” Brown said in a phone interview this afternoon.

Brown and his wife, Leslie, spent part of today helping to fill care packages for servicemen and servicewomen at RFK Stadium. President-elect Obama had called for Martin Luther King Day to double as a national day of service.

Buoyant crowds have been the norm.

“People were just pouring in on all day,” Brown said, later noting, “Everything is so upbeat. Everybody is so excited about this.”

Doug Brooks, a Missouri representative to the Democratic National Committee, also reported crowds in the nation’s capitol earlier today.

Just how crowded is it?

Brooks said he and other members of the state Democratic Party repeatedly tried to hail a cab this afternoon. After a while, they abandoned the effort and struck out on foot.

“It’s pretty crowded,” Brooks said, noting that available cabs have been hard to find, while limousines bearing dignitaries have been seen in the streets.

Brooks said he and other members of the Missouri Democratic Party toured the capitol area last night. Tonight, he expects to attend gatherings of other state Democratic organizations.

“There is a variety of parties,” he said.

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