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  • Let's go to Washington on our correspondent Gary O.

  • Donahue joins me there, That sense of excitement and indeed history.

  • How does it feel?

  • Well, it feels pretty empty, to be honest.

  • And if you take a look behind me here, this thing would normally be absolutely thronging with people, wouldn't it?

  • From the from the capital, several 100 yards down.

  • That way, all the way to the Washington Monument on There's No one here is just us, really, and what they put in place instead of these beautiful displays of flags, 200,000 of them along the National Mall, toe to referent, reflects and represent the people that should be here on who aren't here.

  • For those sort of two huge, overarching reasons that we've seen in the last few months the pandemic, of course, on the need to keep people apart, but also the extraordinary security situation that we've got here in Washington with, you know, just two weeks ago today, the storming of the attempted storming of Congress behind me on that attempted insurrection by those mobs who left five people dead in their wake.

  • So it is unprecedented.

  • It feels very, very strange.

  • The wind is blowing right down the mall.

  • It's freezing.

  • Andi, there's no one here.

  • Okay, well, I'm excited and will be, uh, tearing it up a bit later on when we Gary.

  • But for now, I'm gonna leave you there.

  • Thank you very much.

  • That's carriage Montague there in Washington.

  • Let's say let's talk to Larry Meadow, who's on the streets off Washington?

  • What's the mood there?

  • The mood is of anticipation were about 2.5 hours away from the inauguration.

  • This is on the East End, about a mile away from the east end of the capital, where this is close to a section that's been set aside in case the demonstrators they're allowed to have their First Amendment rights there, but not close enough to the perimeter.

  • There's a non scalable fences going all around the United States Capitol.

  • It's gotten wider and wider.

  • We're going to closer to this day.

  • They are 25,000 troops on the streets off the U.

  • S.

  • Capitol.

  • 25,000 armed National Guardsmen.

  • I'm gonna step out of the short right now to show you what's happening here.

  • This far out you see the National Guard you see U s customs and border police.

  • You see the Washington Metropolitan Police There is a U.

  • S.

  • Capitol police.

  • Every arm of law enforcement is involved in this operation which involved so many troops mawr soldiers on the streets of Washington than there are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

  • This is based off the events of January 6, when there was an attempt to storm the capital.

  • The activities storm the capital.

  • And there's been a security arrangements and fear that there might be armed protesters coming back into Washington D.

  • C.

  • To disrupt the inauguration of Joe Biden.

  • And so they have put in the extra security arrangement the first largest ever.

  • When you compare the average sizes of the two Obama inaugurations Trump inauguration, even the George W.

  • Bush Clinton inauguration, they've never had this many troops on the streets off the U.

  • S.

  • Capitol.

  • Larry, thank you very much for that.

  • So that's what's happening right now in Washington, D.

  • C.

  • That ceremony, uh, fully underway just before five o'clock our time.

  • Of course.

Let's go to Washington on our correspondent Gary O.

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