Obama: Inauguration celebrates U.S., not election

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U.S. President Barack Obama listens as First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Inaugural Reception at the National Building Museum on January 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says his second inauguration is a celebration of the country and its citizens, not the election results.

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Obama used a speech to hundreds of supporters at the National Building Museum on Sunday night to remind the crowd that "what we're doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home."

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He encouraged the crowd to enjoy the inauguration and said he needs them to work as hard as they can on issues important to them.

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Obama said the inauguration is a reminder that "there is something bigger than ourselves." He kept his comments brief and quipped that he has to save some of his lines for his speech Monday.

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District of Columbia officials expect between 500,000 and 700,000 people to attend the presidential inauguration on Monday. That's fewer than the 600,000 to 800,000 people initially anticipated.

The district's homeland security director, Chris Geldart, says the lowered crowd estimate isn't changing any of the security preparations or planning for the event.

More than 2,000 police officers from across the country were sworn in as deputy U.S. marshals during a training session Sunday at American University. The oath authorizes them to work security for the event.

Authorities haven't revealed the precise number of law enforcement officers working Monday, but a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman says about 2,600 officers have arrived from out of town. That will supplement the department's roughly 3,800 officers, as well as agents from the Secret Service, the FBI and other agencies.

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