BY NATASHA KORECKI
WASHINGTON -- On the day of President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing in, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said it was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sacrifice that made the day possible. "It's a huge source of pride and accomplishment," Jackson said from
the platform of the U.S. Capitol of Obama's second term in office.
Jackson said Obama --and the nation-- owed it to King for breaking "down walls." "Dr. King's sacrifice made today's ceremony possible," Jackson said.
"He was stabbed, hit in the head with a brick, jailed and killed."
"Dr. King died a very hated man. Barack is a very beloved man. (king) was hated because he fought segregation."
The National Mall was filling up with what was expected to be a crowd of 500,000 to 700,000 -- down from 2009's record-breaking 1.8 million. Obama intends to take today's oath swearing in two Bibles -- one that belonged yo King, the other that belonged up Abraham Lincoln.