President Donald Trump’s inauguration beat out both of former President Barack Obama’s when it came to hotels booked.
STR, an analytics company that tracks hotel bookings, reported that 91,000 hotel rooms were booked in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19 for Trump’s inauguration, according to The Wall Street Journal. The average rate was $358.69. Some of Trump’s 91,000 may have been for the Women’s March the next day, however, as hotel bookings for Jan. 20 went up to almost 100,000 booked. The march was Jan. 21.
Obama, on the other hand, had 90,700 hotel books for his 2009 ceremony and 72,000 for his 2013 ceremony.
Trump and the media argued over Inauguration Day attendance, and press secretary Sean Spicer came out Saturday to defend crowd sizes. Trump’s crowd did appear to be smaller than the crowd that attended Obama’s 2009 inauguration as the first black president in U.S. history.
In terms of Inauguration Day television viewership, Trump ranked fifth. All of the 12 networks that streamed his inauguration drew 30.6 million viewers. But, if you include numbers from Facebook, Trump rockets to the top. (RELATED: Trump’s Inauguration Numbers On Facebook Are Nothing Short Of Staggering)
“60 million people on Facebook in the U.S. generated 208 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the presidential inauguration,” a Facebook representative told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Still, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway reminded NBC’s Chuck Todd recently, “I don’t think, ultimately, presidents are judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration, I think they’re judged by their accomplishments.”
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