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Officials: Obama Crowd Could Reach 4 Million

District and federal officials are preparing for as many as 4 million people for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a crowd that would be three or four times larger than previous big events on the Mall, report the Post's Nikita Stewart and Michael E. Ruane.

Only a fraction of those people will be close enough to get a good look at the action. But officials are planning extra JumboTrons at the Mall and along the inaugural parade route so that spectators can feel a part of the historic day.

Read the rest of the Post's story here.

By David A Nakamura  |  November 17, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  | Category:  Swearing-in Ceremony
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The area of the Mall marked on the map accompanying the story would comfortably hold at most 373,000 standees. Do the arithmetic: 5600 feet long by 600 feet wide divided by 9 square feet per person.

Posted by: cpacker | November 18, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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