First off, I will say right from the start that I am NOT a Trump supporter. I could go on and on with why, but I’ll save that for another post. I would like to say that this will not be biased, but who are we kidding? I’m sure that my admiration for Obama and disgust for Trump will be evident at times.
Since living in the DC area, we have gone to inaugurations, rallies, concerts and more. Even though we are fairly liberal, we have attended conservative events as well. We are open to listening to opposing thoughts and I enjoy taking pictures of events to record the events as they unfold.
This post is in regards to the pre-inauguration concerts for Obama and Trump. I attended both, Obama’s in 2009 and Trump’s on Thursday. I was honestly shocked at the difference.
I will also say that there may have been many logistical reasons why the “Make American Great Again” concert had so few attendees…because, yes, it was quite noticeable. It was on a Sunday. It had some well-known entertainment. Most of D.C. and surrounding areas had voted for Obama and the concert was easily accessible. Trump’s concert was on a Thursday, the entertainment was pretty lame and he did not get the votes from the DMV area. Heck, maybe people couldn’t get off work. I’m sure that played a bit of a part. But even I was shocked to see how empty it was. Especially because I had heard how packed his inauguration was going to be. Maybe Trump supporters got in late. Maybe they didn’t think it would be worth the time and effort. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the fact that the attendance for Trump’s inauguration was pretty gosh-darned pathetic (no matter what they are trying to tell us…it wasn’t nearly as amazing as they would like to believe, but that is another post).
Let me share some pics so that you can see for yourself.
On Thursday, when I finished work, I drove home and picked up my granddaughter, Isabel. She is 15 months old, and sweet as can be. I also grabbed my pussyhat, because…fuck it, I’m not going to pretend to be something that I’m not. I am all for women’s rights and pretty much against anything on the Trump platform.
I had put money on our metro cards the day before because I was expecting a long line. We walked down to the Vienna metro stop to see no line. Seriously. NO LINE AT ALL!! There was a family of maybe five, mostly wearing camouflage (I swear). That was it. Granted, we were a tiny bit late. We left around 3:30 and it started at 4. That said, we went right in and boarded a train. As the train left the station, there were three people in the car: myself, Isabel and one other lady.
Isabel loved the metro, especially the starts and stops! It was a very quiet trip.
We arrived at Farragut West and walked towards the Lincoln Monument. It was lonely. Most people were walking the other way. It was weird. As we got closer to the entry point, buses blocked streets in anticipation of crowds. Not needed at all. We had a very short wait to enter, although some people in line thought that it was huge. No, a five minute wait is tiny. Really. We did see the one crazy religious protester (he protests everything. Every single thing.) I was going to take a picture, but the line was going too fast. Already, I was in shock. This was totally different from my previous experience.
Going through security, they were happy to see that I had a clear bag (thank you Women’s March for the advice!)…super nice and thorough. Good for them! Went through and met up with my son. We actually met up close to where we watched Obama’s “We Are One” concert. It was pretty empty. I could see grass. Again…shock.
Sure, there is a bit of a crowd here, but behind us? Pretty much empty. Granted, there isn’t much a view from much of the monument, but there weren’t even many people gathered in the center, which would have been a great view. The area between the World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument was completely empty.
In contrast, the same areas from Obama’s “We Are One ” concert were packed.
Ok, yeah, the World War II Monument looks a little sparse from this angle. However, there was a fairly large group in the center closer to the reflecting pool. Oh, and can you see the masses of people on the other side towards the Washington Monument? That was empty on Thursday.
After meeting up with my son, we decided to walk around a bit. We were able to walk all the way up to the ticketed section’s fence at the front of the reflecting pool…with a stroller…and room to sprint a few times without needing to worry about running into somebody!
I have no pictures of this area from the “We Are One” concert. It was too packed to even attempt to get there.
Some pictures of the “Make America Great Again” show. Notice that the obstruction of Lincoln is not nearly as bad as the one meme going around shows. They did have some funky scaffolding that was pretty high.
Here are some photographs from the “We Are One” concert:
Let me talk about the people who came out to watch the concerts for a moment. (Unfortunately, I do not have many pictures of the people at MAGA. It got dark quickly.) Both groups were thrilled to be there and having a great time, but there were some differences. Although there were some people of color attending the “Make America Great”concert, they were few and far between. Most, actually, were vendors. So, a very white crowd…which isn’t much of a surprise. The “We Are One” concert had an incredibly diverse group of people. They were kind and friendly.
Most of the people at the MAGA concert were very nice, as well. Most. Actually, I had several folks complimenting my pussyhat, some discreet and some not so discreet. Since I was actually a little worried about wearing it there, I was surprised and pleased. So, when the woman acting like she about to complement me didn’t, I was a caught a bit off-guard. “Glad to see the pussies coming out to support Trump!!!!” she barked at me. I was pushing an infant in a stroller at the time. Nice and classy. Oh well, I hope that I made her day. Whatever. So yeah. She wasn’t very nice…but I was wearing a pussyhat.
Another interesting difference that I noticed: the lack of security at the MAGA show. Besides the security at the entrances and around some of the boundaries, I didn’t really see much. At WAO, there was a LOT of security. Security with big guns. And cameras.
Although the MAGA concert wasn’t very long, we got bored and started to head back to the metro before it ended. They had some cute fireworks at the end. They even spelled words! So yeah. Cute. I didn’t listen to Trump. Didn’t care to.
Leaving WAO, we followed a sea of people to the metro. Here are some pics of before and after the concert:
Oh, and some pictures of the space between the World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument during WAO concert:
And my hubby and myself at WAO:
I would like to add…numbers really don’t mean anything here. But they seem to matter a lot to a certain someone. Just saying.