The truth will out. Despite mainstream media attempts to characterize turnout as in the thousands, a spokesman for the National Park Service, Dan Bana, is quoted as saying “It is a record…. We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.”
From the AP last January:The National Park Service says it will rely on a media report that says 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Park service spokesman David Barna said the agency did not conduct its own count. Instead, it will use a Washington Post account that said 1.8 million people gathered on the U.S. Capitol grounds, National Mall and parade route, he said.
“It is a record,” Barna said. “We believe it is the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever.”