Well, lookie here... The DC Government is backing off its earlier projections that 5 million would be attending the inauguration... The city now says the number may be more like 2 million, and organizers admit the original figure was really just a product of exuberance over the election. "It's more of an art than a science," City Administrator Dan Tangherlini told the Washington Post. "The fact is, earlier it was speculation. Now we're beginning to flesh it out and figure out what the physical capacities of the system are." Not exactly a scientific method for public planning, is it?
And there's more:
With a lack of solid information -- the Secret Service and the Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to make their estimates public -- colossal numbers continue to be bandied about. Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, head of the D.C. National Guard, said at a news conference Thursday that the crowd estimate was 4 million.
His source? "That is the number I have heard on the television," he said.
I told you more than a month ago that the estimates were baloney! Logistically speaking, there is no way they will ever stuff 4 million people on the Mall. Looks like the geniuses have just figured that out!