White House Expects Empty Seats At Obama’s 2013 Inauguration
While the crowds overwhelmed the streets of Washington, D.C. in 2009 for Barack Obama’s inauguration, the President’s team does not expect the same sort of response for Obama’s 2013 inauguration.
Nearly 2 million people flew in from all over the country and the world to witness history as the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated in 2009, but the same sort of turnout is not expected in a couple of weeks for Obama’s 2013 inauguration.
In fact, only 600,000 to 800,000 people are expected for Obama’s public swearing-in on the Capitol steps on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21st.
There will be only two inaugural balls this year, both at the Washington Convention Center, as opposed to the ten in various locations there usually are. This is the lowest number of celebrations since 1953, says the New York Post.
Factors for the decrease include the fact that the historical significance of this inauguration are not nearly what those of the 2009 inauguration were, as well as the state of the economy not allowing people to take time off and book a hotel.
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.