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By the Numbers:

By the Numbers:


By the numbers, a look at what it took to put together the biggest inauguration in history.

From the number of televisions set up around the National Mall to the number of Facebook updates moments after Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, the most expensive inauguration in history broke records on a number of levels. Take a look at some of the more jaw-dropping statistics.

  • 20+: Number of JumboTrons set up around the National Mall
  • 5,000: Number of portable toilets distributed on the National Mall
  • 10,000: Number of buses that city transportation and Secret Service officials expect to ferry people to Washington, D.C. Placed end to end, the buses would stretch 85 miles.
  • 240,000: Number of free tickets distributed for the swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill
  • 32: The high temperature, in Fahrenheit, forecast for Tuesday
  • 1: Number of minutes it took for the 5,000 inauguration parade route tickets to sell out on Ticketmaster

  • 10: Number of balls Mr. and Mrs. Obama were expected to attend on Inauguration Day
  • 2 million+: Number of people who had gathered on the National Mall before 10 a.m. (the previous record for largest inaugural crowd: 1.5 million in 1965 for the swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson)
  • 4 million: Dollars spent by AT&T to increase its cellular service capacity along the parade route
  • 32,000: Number of military personnel who will be on duty or on standby for the inauguration
  • 3,000: Number of people commenting on Facebook's CNN feed every minute during Obama's inauguration
  • 200,000: Number of Facebook status updates five minutes after the inauguration
  • 1: Number of tons of cheese and chocolate used in preparation for inaugural festivities

Sources: Associated Press, Pocket Lint, CNN, Triangle Business Journal

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