2009 vs 2017: Comparing Trump’s and Obama’s Inauguration Crowds

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The National Park Service won’t be announcing attendance numbers for President Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, but photos of this year’s event indicate that it may have been less well attended than Obama’s in 2009.

There were 1.8 million people who attended Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and close to 1 million who attended his second in 2013, according to DC officials.

Ahead of the day's festivities, federal and District of Columbia officials estimated between 700,000-900,000 people would attend Trump's inauguration.

The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency said it was planning for 800,000 to 900,000 people to attend the Trump's inauguration.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of Obama's 2009 inauguration versus Trump's. Both were taken from the same viewpoint: the Smithsonian’s visitor center, called the Castle, looking toward the Capitol Rotunda just an hour apart on the respective days.

The district’s Metro system was less inundated this morning than it was during Obama’s first inauguration. As of 11 a.m. ET, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says it had recorded 193,000 trips in comparison to the 513,000 trips taken up to that same time on Jan. 20, 2009. Some 317,000 trips were taken by 11 a.m. ET during Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013, the government agency said.

By the time Trump took his oath of office, temperatures were in the mid-40s and approaching the 50 degree mark, according to ABC News meteorologist Melissa Griffin. The sky was cloudy and the rain held off until the 45th president began his inaugural address.

Eight years ago, during Obama's inauguration, it was a frigid 28 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chills in the mid-teens, according to Griffin.

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