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Trump Inauguration Appears to have Drawn Smaller Crowd than Obama's

Donald Trump, 2016 President-elect
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 17:33:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far fewer people were at President Donald Trump's inauguration than attended President Barack Obama's first swearing-in eight years ago.

Photos of the National Mall from Obama's inauguration in January 2009 show a teeming crowd stretching from the West Front of the Capitol all the way to the Washington Monument.

Photos taken from the same position on Friday show large swaths of empty space on the Mall.

Thin crowds and semi-empty bleachers also dotted the inaugural parade route.

Hotels across the District of Columbia reported vacancies, a rarity for an event as large as a presidential inauguration.

And ridership on the Washington's Metro system didn't match that of recent inaugurations.