Rather, she added, a melancholy mood washed over her as she sat on the House floor, a sense that it would have been only a "hypocritical motion" to celebrate when she clearly felt otherwise.
While all this ruckus was going on, the Senate was much more subdued, as is its custom. The members were sworn in by Vice President Al Gore in groups of four or five and then the upper body broke for lunch.
Capitol tours went on as usual, although the numbers were smaller and security much tighter than normal. Hoban Yoon, a visitor from Seoul, said that he was aware that Wednesday was the opening day of the new Congress and that he had heard "a different party had gained power."
"We thought there was a special ceremony or show--but we didn't have an invitation," Yoon said as he craned to view the fresco on the ceiling of the Capitol dome.