The contrast to 2009 could not be starker. In 2009, Washington was a big party for a week.... Anyone on the left who ever cared about anything was in Washington for what was a huge party, a sense of optimism. The largest crowd perhaps in American history gathered on the Mall for that 2009 inauguration. The first African American president. This start of a new hope. It was epic, it was memorable. The  inauguration... it feels like people are about as excited about that as they are about maybe a Washington Wizards game. There's no drama about it, no enthusiasm. Now, all second inaugurations suffer from this, but the contrast is pretty enormous. Why such a falloff?Some images with the reality:
Monday, January 21, 2013
David Plotz with the claim:
Hmm... no shortage of people there. Just once, I would love one of these claims of declining enthusiasm to be backed up with some sort of evidence. I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd this year turns out to be smaller than it was in 2009, but Plotz didn't offer any sort of data in support of his claim. He simply asserted it and left everyone else to explain why.