If inauguration crowd size means anything, Donald Trump could be in some trouble. Compared to President Obama’s first inaugural, Trump’s crowd size was one-seventh what the former president drew to D.C. in 2009.
Here are the numbers:
Crowd count is in:
Trump 2017: 250,000
Obama 2013: 1,000,000
Obama 2009: 1,800,000#Inauguration
— Dan Gross (@DanJGross) January 20, 2017
Here is an aerial view of Obama’s crowd compared to Trump’s:
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) January 20, 2017
Another crowd size comparison:
The crowd size comparison, from 2009 and today. pic.twitter.com/iMYZy9PRK8
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 20, 2017
It wasn’t just the address that was poorly attended. Here is a picture of the parade stands on Pennsylvania Avenue:
President Trump was warmly greeted here at the White House but few people filled the stands on Pennsylvania Ave pic.twitter.com/UmSQIb2bqk
— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaum) January 20, 2017
Some in the Trump circles have been blaming the weather, but this excuse ignores the fact that it was twenty-eight degrees for Obama’s first inaugural. The truth is that Trump isn’t that popular. He doesn’t inspire joy and celebration. The dark clouds and rain over D.C. perfectly represent the temperament of the new president.
Obama was more popular than Trump. Obama is more popular than Trump, and it is a safe bet that Obama will continue to be more popular that Trump in the years to come.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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