Pretty Impressive


From TPM Reader CJ

I went down to the protest on the mall today just to have a look. The crowd was actually pretty impressive. I didn’t have a good vantage point of the whole crowd, but I would say there were easily tens of thousands, maybe upwards of 50 thousand. But I was amused to hear more than one person really inflate those numbers. I overheard a guy on his cell phone saying there were two million people there, and another woman say a million and a half.

I worked for the Inaugural Committee this year, where a crowd that was more likely around 2 million gathered. I was on the mall and looked down it from the Capitol steps. It was a sea of people as far as the eye could see. Anyone who was there would be able to give their own personal story of the incredible logistical nightmare caused by the presence of two million people.No such city-wide chaos ensued today. You get my point.

I was prompted to photoshop this Inauguration Day photo. I hope you will post it for me. My job makes me have to be anonymous about it.

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