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WP Adds 1M People To Inaugural Crowd

From those mavens of Million Man math at the Washington Post:

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D.C.’s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million

By Michael E. Ruane and Aaron C. Davis
Thursday, January 22, 2009; B01

Two things are clear about the size of the crowd that gathered downtown for Tuesday’s inauguration:

First, although some experts described it as high, the official estimate released by the District yesterday is 1.8 million, a figure that would make the gathering the largest ever on the Mall.

Second, from space we look like ants…

In radio interviews, Fenty (D) cited the 1.8 million figure, which eclipses the 1.2 million official tally from the 1965 inauguration of Lyndon Johnson.

Mafara Hobson, Fenty’s spokeswoman, described the count as a "collective decision" reached Tuesday inside the city’s joint operations command center, where dozens of local and federal agencies were helping to coordinate security and traffic management. She said it was based on information collected by several cameras and individuals on the ground.

"The 1.8 [million] was communicated out to the mayor’s office and other agencies," she said.

The National Park Service, which has been barred from making estimates since its count of 400,000 at the 1995 Million Man March drew the threat of a lawsuit, issued a statement yesterday saying it would "not contest" the 1.8 million estimate…

(AP caption for photo at right: This view from the Washington Monument toward the Capitol shows the participants in the Million Man March in Washington Monday afternoon Oct. 16, 1995. Tens of thousands of black men from across America gathered at the base of the Capitol, and the Mall, in a rally of unity, self-affirmation and protest.)

But three experts arrived at lower estimates after viewing a satellite image of the event. Steve Doig, a journalism professor at Arizona State University, estimated that 750,000 people were on the Mall and in the ticketed areas near the Capitol, excluding the parade route and city streets.

There are caveats: The satellite image was taken at 11:19 a.m., 45 minutes before the swearing-in. At the time, spectators were still gathering.

Also, the image does not capture the thousands of people who were sheltering in museums or walking through the Third Street tunnel. Shadows compound the difficulty of counting people on city streets…

The Washington Post’s analysis of the image concluded that about 1 million people were on the Mall. The analysis did not include the parade route, which was supposed to accommodate 300,000 people at its height, or city streets.

Carl Holmberg, a retired assistant chief of the U.S. Park Police who calculated and reviewed Mall crowd estimates for more than two decades, estimated that there were about 1 million people on the Mall, and about 1.2 million with the parade route included.

"It’s the biggest I’ve seen," he said.

The British defense and security company IHS Jane’s announced an estimate of 1.27 million to 1.65 million people, excluding the parade route. That figure, like The Post’s, assumed that all 240,000 ticket holders accessed the reserved areas near the Capitol…

The satellite image depicts a crowd assembled in giant clusters, mostly between the west front of the Capitol, where the swearing-in took place, and the World War II Memorial. The clustering is thickest at the Capitol ticketed area, around the Washington Monument and in spots along the Mall between the monument and the Capitol, where people appeared to gather around the Jumbotrons broadcasting the inauguration.

The clusters challenged analysts, said Allison Puccioni, a satellite imagery expert who did the Jane’s count. "The crowd density was so unique and unexpected," she said…

Notice how despite the analysis using satellite photography, the Washington Post and the rest of our one party media are insisting on the 1.8 million number.

For the record, here is the report of the 800,000 estimate, via the Arizona State University’s State Press:

Professor estimates crowds with satellite image

Griselda Nevarez
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An ASU journalism professor using satellite images calculated that 800,000 people attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor Stephen Doig calculated the official inauguration crowd estimate after analyzing a GeoEye-1 satellite image shot at 11:19 a.m. from a height of 423 miles. GeoEye-1 is a military-controlled satellite.

Doig said the image was taken 40 minutes before Obama’s swearing-in, but adjusted his estimation to include people who were still coming in before the swearing-in…

So whom should we believe?

The Washington Post or our lying eyes?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “WP Adds 1M People To Inaugural Crowd”

  1. Flession says:

    “But who should we believe? The Washington Post or our lying eyes?”

    We should believe the media, you fool! They’ll would never lie to us…

  2. jobeth says:

    First, Do you think surrounding streets look full of folks STILL coming?

    And considering the time it took to get to the mall, do you thing that many people would even wait to the last minute to get there?

    And finally, what’s with the clusters? I mean don’t normally people sort of spread out so they aren’t nose to nose? Strange…

    • Steve says:

      “And considering the time it took to get to the mall, do you thing that many people would even wait to the last minute to get there?”

      Apparently the WP and the rest of the media want us to believe everyone who was in DC that day wanted to be at the Inaugural.

      “And finally, what’s with the clusters? I mean don’t normally people sort of spread out so they aren’t nose to nose?”

      They are crowded in front of the various jumbo-tron viewing screens set up (at great expense) on the Mall.

    • jobeth says:

      Ok…I can understand the jumbo-tron…I think,

      Somehow tho, to think all these people trudged for miles…in the cold…just to be able to stand for hours for the chance to…WATCH TV! Wow!

      What a price to say “I was there”…Couldn’t see anything in person, but I was “there”.

      Perhaps I am just old..But I would rather watch tv in the comfort and warmth of my own family room.

  3. Colonel1961 says:

    After careful examination, there are 826,439 people in that photo.

    • oldswimcoach says:

      Not to be impertinent, but the count is 826,438 – the Siamese twin on the left center side of the mall near the reflecting pool only counts as one person.

    • Gila Monster says:

      Colonel1961, I assume your comment was meant to be tongue in cheek, but your estimate is likely not far from the truth.

      According to Wiki, the distance from the Capitol steps to the Washington Monument is 1.2 miles ( 6,336 ft, round it up to 6,500 ft for this exercise ).


      Using the photo above, the width of the mall appears to be, at best, 1/8 of that distance or roughly 800 ft. Again, giving them the benefit of the doubt, lets round that up to 1,000 ft.

      That would give us a total occupied space of 6,500,000 sq ft.

      Assuming the sheeple are really packed in there with each standing libtard taking up 6.5 sq ft of space, ( that is just a tad over a 2 ft diameter circle, a fairly small area when you think about it ), we arrive at a crowd figure of 1,000,000 morons. However, judging from the above photo, it’s obvious that the entire area we outlined isn’t that densely packed. Being generous, I would estimate that roughly 25% of the area is thinly occupied with the bleating horde, giving us a rough crowd estimate of, at minimum 700,000 to a maximum of roughly 850,000.

      The ASU professor, and Colonel1961 of course, are probably not that far off the mark, IMHO. The media estimates? Ahem, not so much.

    • proreason says:

      gila gila gila, you are a typically anal retentive conservative, restricting your judgements to data and facts.

      Personally, I FEEL like there were at least 2 million at the coronation.

      And since so many of us feel the same way, it must be true

    • Colonel1961 says:

      OSC is right – I double-counted the siamese twins. Mea culpa.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Never trust a media type’s use of mathematics or numbers of any sort.

      Why do you think they went to school for journalism?

      Because they have problems with numbers.

      How do I know this?

      My PR degree was obtained in a school of journalism and mass communication. I was surrounded by math geniuses like myself for two years of university work! Yes, I admit it. I am a product of U.S. schools who can’t do math (unless it’s totally in context of whatever I’m doing, such as formulas in chemistry or physiology).

      The math required for the degree was elementary statistics, with a minimum C grade. Most any trained monkey can get a C in statistics if you know how to use a graphing calculator! As me how much I remember of my stats class, 11 years later!

    • U NO HOO says:

      I presume pregnancy doesn’t count?

    • caligirl9 says:

      U No Hoo, don’t open that bag of worms … imagine all of the children of nutcases who were there being told they were there because they were a fetus in utero.

      Or a recently-ovulated ovum. Or an immature sperm.

      “You were there as history was being made.” What is the definition of “there?” LOL

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Great – now I’m craning my neck and eyes trying to determine the quantity of pregnant women. And not those who have been pregnant for a just few hours…


    • proreason says:

      very iffy to count unborn children at a lib rally. a) according to libs, they aren’t people yet, and b) sadly, many won’t get the chance to have a birthday

    • oldswimcoach says:

      No, no, no! you can’t count an unviable tissue mass as a person – and given that partial birth abortions are “safe, legal and rare” (well maybe not so safe or so rare) no fetus’ can be counted. It’s in the rules!

    • JohnMG says:

      Colonel1961; …..”And not those who have been pregnant for a just few hours…”

      caligirl9; ….”imagine all of the children of nutcases who were there being told they were there because they were a fetus in utero…..”

      This reminds me of the joke about the guy who boasted that his memory was so good, that he remembered going to a party with his father and coming home with his mother.

  4. Anonymoose says:

    Who knows? I stopped believing any of the numbers after the “Million Mom March” in 2000 about gun control where the media gleefully reported numbers of 1 million or more, then 750,000, and finally “tens of thousands.” It didn’t matter at the end because the over-estimates were already in the news and being accepted by the Terribly Gullible.

    All I can say is comparing the pictures to other famous marches like the Million Man March of 1995 (emphasis given so you know I’m not making a typo, but call me racist/misogynist anyways) it doesn’t look like anywhere near as many people in the photos.

    But in the end it’s meaningless. They’ll just say the picture was taken at the wrong time/they were at lunch/everyone was indoors because of the cold/they were ghosts who don’t show in pictures.

  5. 1laidbackRN says:

    One thing is for certain, YOU can not mess with liberals when it comes to counting. They already know the outcome of the recount that they will demand.

  6. 1laidbackRN says:

    One thing is for certain, YOU can not mess with liberals when it comes to counting.

    They already know the outcome of the recount….. Just ask Al Franken and numerous others.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    “Personally, I FEEL like there were at least 2 million at the coronation.”

    The true number doesn’t matter because so many WANTED to be there.

    Is there a prize for the correct number or just a Major Hoople Certificate?

  8. U NO HOO says:

    PS, millions and millions of people in attendance and millions and millions of dollars spent to see the oath get botched.

    Only in Amerika?

  9. greasywrench says:

    The additional numbers just proves there are more nit-wits than I originally estimated. Too bad so many of the “little people” got passed over and got cut out of line by the elite. So much for change.

  10. VMAN says:

    First I heard there would be 6 million. then I heard there would be 4 million. Then 2 million. I believe the estimates of around 800,000 are correct but don’t expect any obamabots to admit it. I went to a Promise Keepers rally in Washington and, of course the estimates were around 100 to 200 thousand. When you compared the photos to the million thug march the Promise Keepers event looked slightly larger but there were 1,000,000 people at the million thug march weren’t there? I really wouldn’t care if there were 20,000,000 at these lefty events if they were just honest about the real number. Honest about the real numbers? Bwa ha ha ha ha ha snort sputter spit!!!!!!

  11. retire05 says:

    I was at both Bush inaugurations. There is no way in hell there were 1.2 million people at this one. For one, D.C. doesn’t have the hotel space. Then there is the problem that the bridges were closed so those who were staying in Maryland or Virginia, could not have gotten there by car, and the Metro is D.C. centric. Then, there are all those big gaping holes in the crowd at the mall. When you have that many people, they are shoulder to shoulder, and no space in between.

    But let’s say that there were 1.2 mill there; not such a big deal when you consider that our population is 303 million and there were 1.2 million at LBJ’s inauguration in 1965 when our population was 191 million.

    But then, we all know that LBJ was a one trick wonder, don’t we? Can we equate that with this inauguration? Please?

  12. Eilsel says:

    I was there. I took 14 students and 4 adults and it was crowded and packed and wonderful. I scoffed when Biden was sworn in. I doubt he’s even read the constitution, let alone will he defend and uphold it.

    I was disappointed when the crowds around us booed Bush. It was disrespectful and annoying.

    If Obama meant what he said in his speech, then I’m with him (the part about work and integrity), but you have to start with some of those traits before you use them.

    Whichever PR person is hell bent on making Obama look like Lincoln needs to read his/her history. It’s annoying.

    However, I did have a good time despite the crowds. People were, for the most part, cheeful, polite and nice. Even as my group of 19 came pushing through to get around a corner (they were all waiting in line) people were trying to help us get by and stay together. There was a cohesive mood among intelligent people and most of us ignored the ignorant ones.

    I can’t say if there was 800,000 or 1.8 million…it was packed where we were…but we were by the port-a-potties.

  13. jobeth says:

    I found all the lost people!

    I just went “American Thinker” (link is in “Links” on this page) where they have a link to a U Tube video.

    It’s in the story “So much for the Obama Masses”


    Some poor deluded guy documents his historic trip to DC for “O’s” crowning. You almost feel sorry for the litte man.

    This thing is priceless…you can see the future here.

    One by one as reality sets in they will all look like this.

    I have put a sign in the back window of my van that says
    “If you voted for ‘that one’ don’t come whining to me when reality hits, and it will”

    I think this guy’s reality is already begining to hit…(big smile)

    • caligirl9 says:

      What Third World nation was that?

      (Viewing again)

      Oh that was Washington, D.C.

      So much for people treasuring the special coronation issue of the local news rag.

      To the poor fellow who made that video: This will be only your first of many disappointments over the next four years. Get used to it!

    • GuppyNblue says:

      “The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said Thursday that those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn’t make it will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program, photos of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and a color print of the ceremony.” – Yeah !

      You just have to know better when it comes to doing anything in DC. As for the rude behavior of the police – that’s a given.

  14. Liberals Demise says:

    Looks like I’m outta the loop but did they count the drug dealers and other criminals not standing on the podium……..I mean via CIA satelitte and what about the NO WHORE zone? Then there are the wannabees…….kinda reminds me of WOODSTOCK!!

  15. TickTock says:

    Are they counting the babies that were conceived on the mall During the inaugaration?

    Why, Barney Franks must’ve consumed entire generations all by himself.

  16. A Mad Pole says:

    When the Pope John Paul II came to Poland in 2002, there were close to 2 million (confirmed) people gathered in Krakow to see him and attend the Mass he spoke.

    Take that, “that one”. You will never beat that.

  17. Colonel1961 says:

    Now that we’re done counting the sheeple, let’s estimate the pounds of garbage left behind by these environmentally (with the emphasis on ‘mentally’) friendly dems…

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