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San Diegans celebrate inauguration in DC

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The hundreds of thousands who watched the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Monday included 50 La Jolla Country Day School students and many others from San Diego County.

The advanced placement government class students at the private school were there to watch the historic ceremony and also interview other observers for a project.

One student said seeing the inauguration in person for the first time was "overwhelming."

According to U-T San Diego, other local residents who were in the nation's capital were major Obama campaign donors Irwin and Joan Jacobs and members of their family, former San Diego County Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee and George Mitrovich, founder of the City Club.

Rory Pendergast, vice president of the San Diego Young Democrats, told CBS8 the crowd was shoulder-to-shoulder, packed in like "sardines." He said it appeared the audience enjoyed not only the president's words, but the manner of his delivery.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to Obama in November, spent the day at his La Jolla home, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Obama, who officially took the oath of office for his second term in a private ceremony on Sunday, urged Americans to embrace gay rights, immigration reform and plans to combat climate change.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Several San Diegans will be among the crowds for Monday's inauguration.

Four years ago, Madeliene Falco attended President Barack Obama's first inauguration and now she couldn't be more excited to be going back again to D.C. to enjoy this historical experience all over again.

So how did this all happen? U.S. House of Representative's Congresswoman Susan Davis, representing the 53rd district, offered a lottery for tickets to the inauguration ceremony shortly after the presidential election.

Her constituents had to enter their name in the lottery to be selected. Falco and a friend, entered their names.

A pact was made between Falco and her friend that if she was selected, he would be her date and if he got tickets, she would be his date.

They got lucky and Falco says she couldn't be more excited.

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