Thursday, January 15, 2009
First Presidential Act in a Bad Economy?
...to spend LOTS of money, the most in history actually, on his inauguration. Of course the swearing in itself takes less than 3 minutes, but that won't stop the Cult of Personality from spending between $50 and $150 million dollars (source) on the pomp and circumstance.
"...It is believed President-elect Obama's inauguration will be the costliest in history...despite the recession. President Bush has declared a state of emergency to free up federal funds to help the district cope with the soaring cost of the event.
There has been little outcry over the hefty price tag so far — unlike four years ago when the cost of President Bush's second inauguration provoked liberal outrage. Salon.com described the event, in an piece by Eric Boehlert on Jan. 20, 2005, as "Bush's overblown celebration," the think tank Center for American Progress called it "lifestyles of the rich and heartless," and an article in the London Guardian by Paul Harri on January 9, 2005, said it was "an unashamed celebration of red America's victory over blue America." (source)