Picture above shows a mass of people trying to exit one of the Metro train stations via non-working escalators.I’m so glad that I was not one of the many that got stuck in tunnels, security lines, or in streets. After all, I left around 4:30am as instructed.
The following was released yesterday from the Presidential Inaugural Committee:
The 56th Presidential Inauguration was more open and accessible than any other in history. To help you understand the scale of it all, we’ve broken down the Inauguration by the numbers…
1,120,000: Metro train rides taken on January 20th, setting a new record for one-day ridership.
18,000: Volunteers provided support for the inaugural activities.
Over 13,000: Service events organized in response to President Obama’s call to service.
13,000: Participants marched in the Inaugural Parade.
8,000: Members of America’s police departments provided security on Inauguration Day.
1,382: Applications received by the PIC, from groups requesting to march in the Inaugural Parade.
Over 1,000: Neighborhood Ball Parties organized across the country.
432: Presidential Inaugural Committee staff worked to put together the most open and accessible inauguration in history.
Over 90: Groups marched in the Inaugural Parade.
76: Years since Mickey Rooney, who rode atop the Spirit of the Lincoln Highway fire truck in this year’s parade, participated in his first inaugural parade.
58: Agencies collaborated on the security for the Inauguration.
10: Jumbo screens on the National Mall broad casted inaugural events.
3: Bipartisan dinners hosted by President Obama.
I can attest to the number of people there. With almost 2 million people in attendance, one could only imagine the amount of trash that was left behind.
Although our area was closed off before reaching maximum capacity, all one had to do was pan around to the grids behind us to see the sea of color outstretching for another mile and a half. When the ceremony was over, people rushed to the nearest warming stations. We went into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Immediately people rushed for the warm bathrooms. I really don’t think people utilized the 5,000 port-o-potties as once expected. It was way too cold to pull those 3 layers of pants down! We waited inside for about an hour and half before heading back out to find food and a way to get back to the apartment.
Below is from inside the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, approximately 45 minutes after the Inauguration Ceremony had concluded.You should have seen the place by the time we left! Aye carumba. I really felt bad for the staff at the Smithsonian.