National Christmas Tree Lighting Trump vs. Obama: Crowd Size Photos

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Trump's tree lighting ceremony

The National Christmas Tree Lighting took place on November 30, but it’s being broadcast on TV for the first time tonight on the Hallmark channel. The ceremony has already gotten a lot of media attention, however, because of a photo a reporter tweeted before the ceremony showing empty seats. Steve Rudin of ABC7 was at the event and shared a photo to show how many people weren’t there. But other reporters disagreed, saying there were always empty seats at these ceremonies. Here are some photos to compare the crowd size between President Donald Trump’s first tree lighting ceremony and some of President Barack Obama’s tree lighting ceremonies. An official attendance count for the events hasn’t been released, but the National Park Service said that 12,000 to 15,000 people attend the ceremony every year.


A Debated Tweet Started the Controversy

Here’s the original tweet that caused people to start talking about the crowd size. The event was starting at 4:30 p.m. Some people said the timestamp on the tweet showed 3 p.m. for them, but here it shows 5 p.m. The reporter said that it was already dark when he took the photo, and the tree lighting ceremony didn’t start until it was dark:

However, reporter Lauren DeMarco for Fox 5 was quick to point out that there were empty seats at former President Barack Obama’s tree lighting ceremony in 2015. She said that this often happens because they have to guess how many people who get tickets through the lottery will actually show up:

The National Park Service confirmed this with Fox 2, saying no-shows are common for the tree lighting ceremonies because tickets are given to people all around the country. Someone else tweeted that their friend was at the Trump tree lighting ceremony and said it was packed, and other photos showed people standing in the standing room section behind the empty seats.

Apparently Trump’s ceremony did cost more than Obama’s last ceremony. According to TMZ, expenses for the tree lighting ceremony came out to $128,424, not including the cost of the 40- to 50-foot tall tree. Obama’s last tree lighting ceremony cost $101,421. Here are some more photos, provided by Getty, of Trump’s tree lighting ceremony and Obama’s most recent tree lighting ceremonies, so you can compare the two events for yourself:


Photos of the Crowd at Trump’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Here are photos, including the crowd, at Trump’s tree lighting ceremony as provided by Getty:

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Photos of Obama’s Tree Lighting Ceremonies in 2015 & 2016

GettyThe National Christmas Tree lighting on December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Getty(Former) U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marion Robinson sit with daughters Sasha and Malia during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2015.

GettyThe National Christmas Tree lighting in 2016 in Washington, DC.

GettyThe National Christmas Tree lighting in 2016 in Washington, DC.

GettyThe National Christmas Tree lighting in 2016 in Washington, DC.

GettyThe National Christmas Tree lighting in 2016 in Washington, DC.

What do you think of Trump’s Christmas Tree Lighting vs. Obama’s? Let us know in the comments below.

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The only thing that is true here is that there’s HOPE with Trump. There was nothing but bitter darkness, evil, lies, subterfuge, phony race bating tactics, revenge against white people, white guilt, racism against whites, perverted agendas, strategies gone mad, “let’s elect a black man, even though he’s only half back so we can use this to push thorugh our secret agendas…” oh yes, don’t think for a minute the presidency isn’t all planned folks. Wake up. Even Trump’s win is planned, although by God, not Satan like Obama’s and Bush was. Bush is pathetic. Obama pathetic. Trump…yes, he’s different, but not pathetic, He’s exactly what was needed to confound the wise, to humble the freaks in charge for too long with too much power, NOTICE AND NOTICE WELL that NOT UNTIL TrUmp elected as the spirit of evil perversion and sexual assalut against women been EXPOSED, why do you think this evil spirit was terrified of Trump> Trump isn’t a sexually abuser, yes he said inappropriate thing because he’s a person with high functioning Aspergers, but he’s not evil like Matt Lauer, Weinstein, Madonna (who has fueled so many assautlst againt women), Matt Damon, etc, etc…TRUMP’s good spirit , though not perfect like us all, is what has allowed evil to exposed. Trump is NOT evil. Obama is evil. Bush is evil. Clintons are evil. Know the difference but if you don’t who cares, then you are one of them. Good luck with that. Bye.

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