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White House aides fear there will be thousands of empty seats at Obama’s inauguration

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Daily News UK

Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president’s 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats.

The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won’t be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol o watch Obama take the oath of office.

This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama’s public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21.

Two weeks before the big day, plenty of hotel rooms still haven’t been booked. Four years ago, some hotels sold out months in advance.

There will be just two official inaugural balls this year, both at the Washington Convention Center, rather than 10 official balls at multiple locations around town.

The pair of celebrations are the lowest number since 1953, according to the New York Post.

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» 31 Comments

  1. Rick

    January 8th, 2013

    Of course attendance is going to be down. They’re demanding IDs from attendees this time.

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  2. Rick

    January 8th, 2013

    Oops forgot the link

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  3. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 8th, 2013

    Hire from Central Casting and from Crisis Actors…
    you know, all the regulars. :evil:

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  4. Anonymous

    January 8th, 2013

    The only empty seat that I want to see is that the traitor Obumbles does not show up, ever.

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  5. brinksmom

    January 8th, 2013

    I don’t feel like celebrating our country right now. We are in bad shape.

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  6. MaryfromMarin

    January 8th, 2013

    They should fill those seats with blow-up dolls, with BHO’s logo on them. Afterwards, they become take-home souvenirs (for a price, of course). A two-fer; maybe even a three-fer.

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  7. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    January 8th, 2013

    I read the linked article, and the recurrent theme is that people could not afford to go. I find that funny – several groups were stridently passionate that Obama was right for the country, but fewer of these people have the money to attend the inauguration than in 2009.

    The irony will be lost on MSNBC.

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  8. aleon

    January 8th, 2013

    “the team behind the president’s 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats.”

    What could be more fitting than a bunch of empty seats coming to so the “Empty Chair”

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  9. aleon

    January 8th, 2013

    SEE, you damn keys I said SEE

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  10. mkultra

    January 8th, 2013

    Idea: Invite a few moochie-sized sasquatches and there won’t be enough room for everyone’s fat asses.

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  11. hanoverfist

    January 8th, 2013

    The bar scene from Star Wars was cancled?

    Shame.

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  12. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 8th, 2013

    Empty seats to see the empty suit. That sounds about right.

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  13. lulu5297

    January 8th, 2013

    In 2008, I let the mother of a friend of mine stay at my home for the inauguration. The media had totally overhyped the event, and while there were LOTS of people here, many could not afford the astronomical costs of the hotels. It was agonizing as she wanted to keep Obama coverage on the tv 24/7, and she had the nerve to bring a friend and the two of them just prattled on the whole time about the historic election and what a great president he was going to be. It was agonizing.

    They had their feelings hurt when the DNC screwed up the “color” fiasco on the mall. You needed to have certain color passes to get on the mall and the passes they had were attached to a metro entrance that had been shut down by the city and they couldn’t access the mall otherwise because the city came up with the stupid system to limit the number of people on the mall–can’t have anyone wanting to put a cap in Obama’s ass. They were trapped in the metro and then they stood in the cold and dreary weather for hours. The DNC promised the purple holders a commemorative DVD and a tee-shirt as a result of their inconvenience. Needless to say, she never got either.

    She asked if she could stay at my place again. The answer was an unequivocal, Hell to the No!

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  14. Unneutral

    January 8th, 2013

    The ones not showing up are directly proportional to the number of fraudulent votes that he got.

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  15. Tim

    January 8th, 2013

    I’m sure the media will make it appear to be a full house.

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  16. Clint

    January 8th, 2013

    There’s already an empty seat in the Whitehouse

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  17. RUDE JUDE

    January 8th, 2013

    Empty chairs for the empty chair!!!

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  18. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 8th, 2013

    Well, there is a 20% chance of rain in DC on Sunday. Will they be moving the coronation indoors to a smaller venue?

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  19. Tim

    January 8th, 2013

    I was gonna go but I have to trim my mustache that day … whenever it is …

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  20. wildman

    January 8th, 2013

    The one seat sure to be empty is the one he will be sitting in.

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  21. I Luv Bacon

    January 8th, 2013

    I bet they can generate twice the mess with half the people this time around.

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  22. Jackson

    January 8th, 2013

    Wouldn’t waste my time watching this lefty idiot drive by.

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  23. Joe

    January 8th, 2013

    Call up all those SEIU buddies and get ‘em ready to bus in on that day. They should fill up the place. Then someone set off a fart bomb.

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  24. old_oaks

    January 8th, 2013

    Who wants to go hang out with a bunch of ruh-tards?

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  25. Dadof3

    January 8th, 2013

    You guys REALLY don’t understand how serious they are about doing nothing and getting paid for it!

    This whole inauguration thing is jacking with MLK day and it’s losing. They aint gonna do no two-fers at all.

    They want double holiday pay (that makes quadruple?)if they’re expected to do something on MLK day.

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  26. AbigailAdams

    January 8th, 2013

    Heavenly Father, Please put something unequivocally and deeply controversial on the preezy’s teleprompter. Make him say something that cannot be mistaken for anything else than wholly anti-American, something that every man, woman and child with two working brain cells cannot dismiss, easily or otherwise, as completely and utterly against all Americans.

    I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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  27. Extirpates

    January 8th, 2013

    Will all the service folks he disenfranchised be fairly represented?

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  28. marcus tullius cicero

    January 8th, 2013

    I WILL BE FRONT SEAT FOR THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA. AKA. KING OF KENYA,FROM THE BIGGEST SHITHOLE OF AFRICA WHERE OFARTFACE SHOULD RETURN AND RULE IN TOP OF THE LARGEST ASS~ MUCHELLE
    THE LOST LINK~OBAMA….LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!

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  29. McFartus Spontaneous

    January 8th, 2013

    I’m pretty sure I gotta shit that day

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  30. wth

    January 8th, 2013

    Interest in attending dropped sharply after Al Roker announced he was going but declined to inform the media exactly where he would be sitting.

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  31. Nutjob

    January 8th, 2013

    If 6-800,000 tards show up in this place. Then it should be proof positive the gubment instead of gun control needs to concentrate on mental health services.

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