Hundreds of South Chicago schoolchildren participated in this “sky art” project depicting President-elect Barack Obama.
Speakers line the stage as preparations are underway for the inauguration Monday in Washington.
Joe Cantwell of Denver, Colo., shoots a photo as he stands on the National Mall near the Capitol, Monday in Washington.
Edwardsville resident Tim Kelly poses with son Tyler Kelly, who is a junior at Bonner Springs High School, and their bass drums from their drum kits. Tim Kelly plays drums for the band The Groove Pilots and Tyler followed in his father’s footsteps and play’s drums for the band Mr. Fish.
Mike Sweeney, right, grandfather of Edwardsville resident Tim Kelly, plays drums with Kelly’s cousin, Joe Sweeney, left, and Kelly’s uncle, Ray Sweeney in 1980.
People cross 17th Street on the National Mall carrying an inaugural shopping bag with the image of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, Monday.
Violinist Itzahk Perlman, left, talks with cellist Yo-Yo Ma as they rehearse at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday, a day before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
Singer James Taylor walks down the steps at the podium area outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday, a day before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., takes a photo from the podium outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday, a day before the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama.
President elect Barack Obama paints a room Monday as he visits Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for teens, in Washington.
President elect Barack Obama paints a wall Monday during a visit to Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for teens, in Washington.
Kansas forward Mario Little swings around Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland for a bucket during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins elevates for a three over Texas A&M guard Dash Harris during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas City Royals great George Brett talks basketball during the second half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Fans in the student section hold up letters to spell the phrase "Ain't No Seats." Students holding the letters said the phrase referenced a quote from Kansas guard Sherron Collins during his freshman year after a professor had asked him to move to the front of class in which Collins noted the lack of seating.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich dunks on the Texas A&M defense during the first half Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kenyans dance in the village of Kogelo, Kenya, Monday Jan. 19, 2009, to celebrate the uforthcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. As Obama stands on the verge of becoming the first black U.S. president Tuesday, he represents the pinnacle of a five-decade long struggle that stretches back to segregation.
A group of children try to hit a target with their handmade straw-rockets during the third annual 4-H Project Skill-a-thon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Monday. Activities included making birdhouses, weaving, macrame and other arts and crafts.
Baylee Wulfkuhle, 7, Berryton, paints a birdhouse that she made during the third annual 4-H Project Skill-a-thon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Monday
Paintbrushes frame Tracy Neis, 9, Eudora, as she paints a birdhouse she constructed during the third annual 4-H Project Skill-a-thon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Monday. Activities included making birdhouses, weaving, macrame and other arts and crafts.
Billy Johnson, far left, of Charlotte, N.C., photographs General Mealer, right, with his grandsons Daryll Mealer, 7, second from left, and Jason Mealer, 6, with a cardboard cutout of President-elect Barack Obama on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. The Mealers are from Carry, N.C.
A group of students from Bellarmine Jefferson High School from Burbank, Calif., pose for pictures in front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, where the swearing in for President-elect Barack Obama will take place on Tuesday.
Najai Johnson,4, left, and her brother Dionta Johnson Jr., 4, sleep on a bus as they travel from Washington to Atlanta on a charter bus, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009
Palestinian boys play on the rubble of a destroyed house after the Israeli army operation in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. A senior European Union official said Monday that she expected humanitarian aid to the war-ravaged Gaza Strip to flow quickly but signaled that reconstruction of buildings and infrastructure would not begin as long as the militant Hamas group rules there.