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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

44th Inaugural by the Numbers

Number of people in attendance at Barack Obama's inauguration: At least 1.5 million.

Rank of inaugural in terms of attendance: 1.

Number of those who were in attendance who were arrested: 0.

Number of words in Obama's inaugural address: 2598.

Mentions of former President Bush in the speech: 0 1.

Mentions of the word "hope": 2.

Mentions of the word "change": 4.

Mentions of the word "I": 13.

Of "we": 51.

Former presidents in attendance (including George W. Bush): 5 4. (I really can count...)

Number of those former presidents whose name is Bush: 2.

Number of those former presidents who are Republican: 2.

Bush's approval rating as he leaves office: 22%.

Obama's initial approval numbers, as projected by polling seer Nate Silver of 76%.

Bush's initial 2001 approval rating: 57%.

Bush's initial 2005 approval rating: 50%.

Percentage that believe that the economy is either in "not so good" or "poor" shape: 92%.

Percentage who believe Barack Obama will be able to improve the economy: 75%.

Percentage who believe economic recovery will take at least two years: 68%.

Number of groups that burned sage to drive evil spirits from the White House: 1.

Shoes thrown at giant inflatable Bush effigy: a "hundred or so."

Again, number of those who were arrested for doing so: 0.

Ranking of Barack Obama in number of African-American presidents: 1st.

Ranking of George W. Bush in number of white presidents: 43rd.

Date Martin Luther King jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington: August 28, 1963.

Date Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address: January 20, 2009.

Percentage of black Americans who believe King's dream has been realized: 69%.

Percentage of whites who think so: 46%.

Number of inaugural balls attended by Barack and Michelle Obama: 10.


1 comment:

vet said...

"Mentions of former President Bush in the speech: 0."

Wisco, that's simply not true. One of the very first lines is:
I thank President Bush for his service to our nation...


... as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.