City Paper is not for tourists
Tens of thousands of people showed up to glimpse president-elect Barack Obama at several stops along today’s train trip to Washington, but will anybody bother to show up for the actual inauguration?
Answer: Nah. Local and federal officials have done everything they can to make the prospect of attending this thing totally unattractive. Too much stupid security, too many ugly warnings, and too cold, too.
The initial crowd estimates were totally made up. The rental market was a bust from the start. Hundreds of hotel rooms remain unbooked. The city’s received less than half the expected tour bus reservations. And only 662,560 people have RSVPed on Facebook.
We’ll never get an official estimate, per Dave McKenna’s story this week, so just take it from me: Everybody’s definitely staying home.