Anywhere between 2 million to 4 million folks. They recently dropped it down to about half of the original 4-5 million due to the metro, busses, and 95, 66, and 270 that will certainly become parking lots. Not quite the 400,00 that attended "pretzel-prez's" ceremony back in 2005.
Couple this with....
- 8,000 cops,
- 10,000 charter busses,
- 29,000 already full hotel rooms,
- 7,500 active duty U.S. military personnel
- 4,000 National Guard personnel
.....and maybe the most frightening number
- 5,000 porta-potties
At least local government is looking to extend bar hours to stay open till 4am.
You thought the black Friday trampling of that poor guy at a Wal-Mart was bad....then keep your anticipation buttons charged. Someone/a few people are going to die. I don't wish it to happen obviously, but it's going to.
As much as I want to be part this moment in American history, and I may be painting with broad strokes here, but this sounds like a cold D.C. winter cluster$%*# that I want to have no part of.
Although......this is a damn fine looking man.