One of my aims in writing this blog is to look at the psychological and logical aspects of topics. Here I want to look at the logic of saying the 2017 inaugural crowd was larger than the 2009 crowd.
According to internet articles, the largest inaugural crowd prior to 2009 was for LBJ in 1965 at 1.3 million. Obama’s 2009 crowd was 1.8 million. Recall photo I took of the 2009 crowd at the Washington Monument (See the January 14, 2017, posting in this blog).
One would not expect the 2017 crowd to be larger than that of 2009 given the following:
1. The inauguration of the first African-American president was an astounding event for the black community. I attended the 2009 inauguration and it appeared that more than 80% of the crowd was African-American.
2. Barrack Obama’s popularity numbers were at least double those of Donald Trump during the transition.
3. Barrack Obama at 69,498,516 received 10% more popular votes than Donald Trump at 62,985,105.
4. The region around DC is primarily liberal.