President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in at noon today and President Bush will bow out to Texas. To honor the peaceful transition between the 43rd and 44th presidents we give youÂ a special edition of fun facts for the inauguration.
- 1.5 million to 3 million people are expected to attend today’s festivities. If those numbers are reached it will set a new inaugural record. The record is held by Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 inaugural, whichÂ was attended by 1.2 million people.
- The population of Washington is just 600,000 people.
- 58 agencies, including the Secret Service, will have a role in the event.
- 11,500 military personnel will be on hand. There will also be 8,000 police from DC and other departments across the country and 1,000 U.S. Park Police officers will be on duty.
- D.C.’s security cost estimate stands atÂ $28 million, 60 percent more than the entire bill for the lastÂ inaugural.
- CongressÂ has appropriated $15 million to cover expenses for the D.C. government.Â
BonusÂ Fun Fact 2: Franklin Pierce was theÂ first president, and perhaps only president,Â to choose to affirmÂ his oath of office, rather than to swear it. Herbert Hoover was also said to have affirmed his oath, but that is in dispute.
Source: Jan. 12 issue of Federal Times and Wikipedia.