Barack Obama Inauguration Day Draws Huge Numbers (Plus Day’s Schedule)

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 01/20/09

2009-01-20 - Barack ObamaThe historic inauguration of the first black president, Barack Obama, on Tuesday (January 20) in Washington, D.C. is bringing in huge numbers ... of all kinds.

The numbers include more than just attendance -- it includes tickets, porta potties, and the number of military personnel on duty, among others.

Here are some of the numbers, according to Reuters:

- 5,000: The number of portable toilets to be distributed on the National Mall.

- 10,000: The number of buses that city transportation and Secret Service officials expect to ferry people to Washington. Placed end to end, the buses would stretch 85 miles (137 km).

- 240,000: That is how many tickets have been distributed, free of charge, for the swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill.

- 32: The chilly daily high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, forecast for Tuesday. That is zero degrees Celsius.

- 55: The number of previous presidential inaugurations.

- 1 million: The number of people expected to view the inauguration from the National Mall. Hundreds of thousands more will pack Pennsylvania Avenue to watch the inaugural parade. The record was set during the 1965 inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson, when 1.2 million people attended.

- $8,249: The price of a seat at the swearing-in ceremony being advertised by one online ticket broker.

- 850: Washington's Metro rail service says it will have that many rail cars, capable of carrying 120,000 people every hour, operating between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m on the day.

- 8,000: Some 4,000 city police officers will be deployed along with 4,000 from 96 other law enforcement agencies across the country.

- 32,000: The total number of military personnel who will be on duty or on standby for the inauguration.

- 900: The number of hotel rooms still available in the city.

Additionally, the inaugural events get started at 10 a.m., and include more than Obama being sworn in. There will be a parade, a musical prelude, the President's inauguarl address, and more.

Here's how the schedule will go down:

- Musical selections of The United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

- Musical selection of Aretha Franklin.

- Biden will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

- Musical selection of John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).

- Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Scheduled around noon.

- Obama gives the inaugural address.

- The National Anthem by The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."

After giving inaugural address, Obama will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

Then, later in the day, there will be 10 official inaugural balls thrown at the Washington Convention Center, and other locations in D.C.