of which’s hard to gauge crowd sizes as well as also the National Park Service, which oversees the National Mall, doesn’t offer estimates of any sort.
however the side-by-side images of Friday’s ceremony alongside the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama show a significantly smaller crowd on the National Mall for Trump than for Obama. There is actually empty ground exposed inside the Trump photos. The same spots were almost entirely covered eight years ago, when estimates at the time suggested 1.8 million people attended the inauguration. The images above do not capture people who might have viewed through the west side of the Washington monument. as well as also there are some differences. The grass on the mall is actually covered in white plastic for Trump’s inauguration, however not for Obama’s.
The photo of Trump’s inauguration was taken through television during his speech — peak time for the crowd.
The photo of Obama’s inauguration was taken by Getty as well as also doesn’t indicate the time, however Trump’s should represent his largest audience.
When President Obama took the oath of office in 2009, conditions were clear with temperatures were inside the 20s. Eight years later, temperatures hovered inside the high 40s with intermittent rain.
Another sign attendance for Trump’s inauguration could be lower: Metro ridership. Per WMATA, the Washington area transit authority, as of 11 am, 193,000 trips had been taken on the city’s subway system. At the same hour in 2009, of which number was 513,000, according to WMATA. The same time for the second Obama inauguration saw 317,000 riders, as well as also President George W. Bush’s second inauguration saw 197,000 riders by 11 am.
The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies distributed about 250,000 tickets for Trump’s inauguration, per spokeswoman Laura Condeluci, including 1,0 on the platform as well as also another 1,000 on the bleachers above. of which number is actually on par with the distributed tickets for previous ceremonies. Most onlookers are beyond the ticketed point as well as also watch the proceedings through the National Mall.