As soon as President Donald Trump was sworn in on Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, the comparisons between the crowds drawn by President Obama during his 2009 inauguration began as folks compared aerial photos of each inaugural crowd. As seen in the below photo gallery, some of the photos of the crowd at President Trump's Inauguration Day activities looked sparse and are deceptive because the crowd just began to fill in at the National Mall when the sun rose. However, other aerial photos comparing the swearing in of President Trump as No. 45 during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as compared to President Obama as No. 44, show quite a difference in President Obama's massive crowds drawn to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
View photos of President Trump's Inauguration Day crowd on January 20, 2017:
As seen in the above photo gallery, some of the photos from Friday, January 20, show a Capitol Hill police officer watching over the crowd prior to Mr. Trump being sworn in as president. However, as captured in photos from President Obama's Inauguration Day crowd on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, crowds stood and sat atop statues at the National Mall prior to the inauguration of President Obama as the 44th President of the U.S., finding every available space to witness history as the first African-American president was sworn in.
As the crowds gathered to watch President Obama in 2009, aerial photos captured a massive amount of bodies on the west side of the Capitol in Washington -- as well as those crowded all the way to the Washington Monument. Crowds were shown together in the National Mall during the swearing-in ceremony of President Obama, as seen in the below photo gallery from that day.
View photos of President Obama's Inauguration Day crowd on January 20, 2009.
As reported by Mother Jones, the comparison of President Obama's Inauguration Day crowd in 2009 and President Trump's Inauguration Day crowd in 2017 was notable; especially in light of Mr. Trump claiming that President Trump's Inauguration Day crowd would have a "record-setting turnout." According to the publication, a quick view of the aerial crowd photos comparing Mr. Trump's turnout to Mr. Obama's crowd turnout shows that President Obama had a much larger crowd than President Trump enjoyed.