January 21, 2009

L.A. TIMES: A record crowd for inauguration? Hard to say. “More than 1 million spectators convened on the National Mall to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office Tuesday, but it was unclear if the crowd surpassed the record thought to have been set at Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 inauguration. Though early estimates ranged as high as 2 million people, satellite images of Obama’s swearing-in suggested the crowd was probably about half that, said Clark McPhail, who has been analyzing crowds on the National Mall since the 1960s.”

If not, I’d blame Adrian Fenty, whose prediction of 5 million in attendance must have scared off a lot of people. And, of course, some people who showed up were turned away due to screwups.