Obama’s Inaugural Shrinkage


President Barack Obama’s second inauguration drew only 55 percent of the 2009 crowd. The smaller crowd of 1 million people gathered to witness Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday, reports Politico:

The city of Washington, D.C., estimated that 1.8 million people packed the Mall last time to watch Obama get sworn in for his first term.

Washington, D.C.’s, Metro system reported that ridership was about 63 percent of 2009’s record-shattering Inauguration Day.

Still, a turnout of around 1 million would still put Obama’s second inaugural in the top tier of Inauguration Day celebrations in terms of attendance. […]

Before Obama, the previous record was the 1.2 million people gathered to see Lyndon B. Johnson’s Inauguration in 1965.