Obama worried about shrinking crowd size at inauguration

Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president’s 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats.

The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won’t be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol o watch Obama take the oath of office.

This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama’s public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    He’s yesterday’s news. The novelty is gone.

  • banjo kid

    Obama may have won honestly in 08 but I think it was Chicago politics in 12. Seven swing states would be all he had to win to get the job done I know of problems here in Ohio and I have heard of trouble with the counting in other states . Voter fraud has shown its self in 2012 and it will be here again if we do not gain the traction on voter ID for 2016. The 12,000 votes coming where there are only 500 registered has got to stop.