The “one percent” were allocated the best seats in the inauguration parade — right across the road from President Barack Obama’s seat, and well below the TV cameras’ angle of view.
The roughly 300 donors are wealthy, well-dressed and mostly white. They were bussed down from Capitol Hill, where they viewed the inauguration, and were given hand-warmers and packaged lunches by staff as they arrived in their seating area.
Most were wearing a large square pin, carrying a gold symbol on an orange background. The pin allowed them their entree into the best-in-the-house seating area, just below the media’s four-story riser.