Does Portable Toilet Count Tip Off Inaugural Crowd Projection?
No one seems to know how many people will show up for the inauguration. Federal officials appear to believe that the event will set an inaugural record with more than the 1.2 million who attended Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in 1965. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has said between 3 and 5 million people, which is not a very specific calculation and has been dismissed by the Secret Service.
But the Presidential Inaugural Committee might have tipped its hand this morning by announcing that there will be 5,000 portable toilets throughout the National Mall and parade route along Pennsylvania Ave. Industry officials told the Post's Lena Sun that National Park Service regulations require 1 portable toilet for every 300 people. Do the math: that would mean the committee appears to be expecting 1.5 million people for the inauguration.
In any case, since you'll be sharing the bathroom with 299 strangers, you might think about laying off the coffee and hot chocolate, no matter how cold it might be on Jan. 20.
David A Nakamura
December 18, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
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