CNN: After the National Park Service retweeted a few messages that negatively compared the crowd sizes at Obama's 2009 inauguration to Donald Trump's inauguration, representatives from the new administration asked the Interior Department's digital team to temporarily stop using Twitter, according to a message obtained by CNN. After the retweet began to get attention, a career staffer at the Interior Department instructed employees that the "new administration has said that the department and all bureau are not supposed to tweet this weekend and wait for guidance until Monday."Here are the jaw dropping consequences many news outlets didn't seem to care about (this CNN story was the only one I found):
On Saturday, the National Park Service called Friday's retweets "mistaken."
The order to stop tweeting impacted all accounts under the Interior Department's purview, including individual National Park accounts that are, at times, used to communicate emergency messages to visitors.A few final words on crowd size:
"Until further notice, all park road condition updates will provided on the Mount Rainier Facebook page," Mount Rainier National Park tweeted on Friday.
The National Mall doesn't offer estimates of any sort.
But the side-by-side images of Friday's ceremony alongside the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama show a significantly smaller crowd on the National Mall for Trump than for Obama. There is empty ground exposed in the Trump photos. The same spots were almost entirely covered eight years ago, when estimates at the time suggested 1.8 million people attended the inauguration.
The photo of Trump's inauguration was taken from television during his speech — peak time for the crowd.
When President Obama took the oath of office in 2009, conditions were clear with temperatures were in the 20s. Eight years later, temperatures hovered in the high 40s with intermittent rain.
Another sign attendance for Trump's inauguration could be lower: Metro ridership. Per WMATA, the Washington area transit authority, as of 11 am, 193,000 trips had been taken on the city's subway system. At the same hour in 2009, that number was 513,000, according to WMATA. The same time for the second Obama inauguration saw 317,000 riders, and President George W. Bush's second inauguration saw 197,000 riders by 11 am.