Obama Inauguration Goes into the Toilet
AP’s Frederic Frommer gets to the seat of the problem: “Bathroom Break: Will inauguration have enough?”
To Conrad Harrell of port-a-potty toilet supplier Don’s Johns, Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama will be historic, but not in the way you might think. “This is the largest temporary restroom event in the history of the United States,” he said.
I’m wondering if there will be T-shirts commemorating this?
Don’s Johns is providing many of the 5,000 port-a-potties for the inauguration, but other suppliers are at work as well, such as Mr. John, Johnny Blue and Johnny on the Spot. In all, there will be 5,000 port-a-potties from about 10 vendors for Barack Obama’s inauguration as president. On Thursday, they stood ready on the National Mall, port-a-potty-to-port-a-potty, some green, some blue, others gray.
The big question: will they be able to handle the call — er, nature’s call — of the up to 2 million people? “We think we’ve reached an appropriate number and can accommodate the crowds,” said Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a privately funded organization that is picking up the cost. But Bill Line, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said there really was no way to say for certain. “Ultimately, does anybody know how many people will show up?” he asked.
Inquiring minds and all that.
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