Early indications were that easily more than a million people, and perhaps 2 million, may have journeyed to the National Mall and surrounding areas for the swearing-in of the first African-American president.
The Washington Post reported a crowd
of 1.8 million.
The park service has not done official estimates in more than a decade, obeying an order by Congress to stop in the aftermath of controversy over how many people attended the 1995 Million Man March. Then, estimates varied from 400,000 to more than 1 million.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan's inauguration drew about 500,000 people; President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration drew about 800,000, according to the park service.
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