Only three of the District of Columbia's 13 council members plan to view the presidential inauguration from the Wilson Building.
Normally, the district's elected officials jostle with hand-picked constituents for a premier view of the inaugural parade. This year, The Washington Post reports only three council members and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser have said they'll be watching.
Republican President-elect Donald Trump had the support of only 4.1 percent of the city's voters in November.
Some council members describe their absence as a political gesture. Others have personal or public business elsewhere.
Democratic Council member Jack Evans says he can't remember a similarly small turnout in his 26 years in office. He's planning on coming to watch what he says he views as "a historic occasion."