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Tourists monumentally disappointed over earthquake repairs

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As thousands descend on D.C., many are disappointed about construction on the Washington Monument.

For a city steeped in red, white and blue, Washington is turning a particularly bright shade of orange. Everywhere you look, there's scaffolding in the skyline, cranes in the clouds.

But no construction is as poignant, as disappointing, as that on the monument to Washington himself.

"I didn't really know what was happening," says Charnelle Peters, a tourist from Indiana. "I just thought 'is it supposed to look like that?'"

Crews have been creeping up the limestone edges of the monment for a month, hoping to fix the earthquake's damage.

Libby Johnson flew into town from Indiana. She and her choir group aren't singing the District's praises.

"I was just kind of disappointed because I just had like this picture in my mind of it, like, looking nice and clean and stuff," Johnson says.

Peter Bentley remembers when it was picture perfect. He used to live here.

"I understand the necessity, but it's kind of an eye sore," Bentley says.

The National Park Service has already spent more than $1 million to restore the limestone and the agency says it won't look this bad for long.

Soon, lights will cover the construction and the whole project should be finished by 2014.

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