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Inaugural Hell
The Daily Beast ^ | 1/4/09 | Lyric Winik

Posted on 01/04/2009 10:19:25 AM PST by browardchad

presidential inauguration
Scott Andrews / AP
Message to you out-of-towners heading to Washington, D.C. for your first presidential inauguration: You will be miserable.

January 20 is shaping up to be the inauguration celebration of our lifetimes. Which is fitting, because there’s a dirty little secret about Washington, D.C., and the inaugural balls: if you’ve ever been to one, you’ll never go back.

Inaugurals are a miserable experience. This will come as sad news to the Obamaphiles who forked over checks for $50,000 to be granted the title of “finance chair” for the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). It will probably be even sadder news to those who opted for the $300,000 package, which gives them four tickets to all official inaugural events. Except if you read the not-so-fine print: that $300,000 doesn’t include any tickets to the actual inauguration itself.

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So, what exactly does one get for $50,000? Your contribution entitles you to a late night event on Saturday, January 17, a welcome brunch with an unnamed special guest on the following day, unspecified welcoming events, evening events, a thank-you dinner, a breakfast meeting on Martin Luther King Day, and various bi-partisan dinners. ... And according to the initial inauguration invites, as a bonus, your $50,000 donation also entitles you to be shaken down further for Hillary Clinton’s “debt relief” and “the Al Franken Recount Fund.”

>>snip<<

“The official balls are basically like bad proms,” says the wife of one well-connected congressman.

 


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1 posted on 01/04/2009 10:19:25 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad
The Pick Pockets-don’t forget the Pick Pockets!!
2 posted on 01/04/2009 10:24:43 AM PST by unkus
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To: unkus
The Pick Pockets-don’t forget the Pick Pockets!!

They're all in congress now.

3 posted on 01/04/2009 10:25:57 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: browardchad

It is to laugh...


4 posted on 01/04/2009 10:26:30 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: null and void

“It is to laugh...”

I love this. It’s going to be as miserable as a flea infested dog.


5 posted on 01/04/2009 10:28:58 AM PST by unkus
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To: unkus
The Pick Pockets-don’t forget the Pick Pockets!!

Another highlight of the festivities, to be sure.

6 posted on 01/04/2009 10:29:48 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad

Amtrak Boosts Service From Boston For Inauguration

(Airlines, too.)

http://wbztv.com/local/amtrak.inuguration.day.2.899596.html

Travel in the NE Corridor will be hell that day.


7 posted on 01/04/2009 10:30:48 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: browardchad
“The official balls are basically like bad proms,”

Probably true - but - the Freeper Balls were a great time!

8 posted on 01/04/2009 10:41:18 AM PST by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Travel in the NE Corridor will be hell that day.

Hell seems to be the operative word for this event.

But here's the, ahem, brighter side:

Oprah is supposedly planning a party, and the Screen Actors Guild is hosting a dinner, presumably for Hollywood’s A-list. The Environmental and Clean Energy Ball, to be held at the Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown on inauguration night, has already scored a major coup; it sold out in one day and boasts that it will be hosting almost president Al Gore, who’s also planning his own ball. Ticket holders have also been told that the Obamas, big fans of clean energy and green jobs, are “expected to drop by.” Biden and his wife Jill may even take a page from Dick and Lynne Cheney’s book and host a small post-inaugural party later in the week for friends and supporters inside a large heated tent on the grounds of the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, while camouflaged security teams with painted faces roam about outside through the bucolic trees and bushes.

Oprah, the Hollywood A-list, The Environmental and Clean Energy Ball featuring Al Gore, Joe Biden in a tent, and security teams trying to look like trees. What fun!

9 posted on 01/04/2009 10:47:35 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad
It's going to be a Sodom and Gomorrah freak show.
10 posted on 01/04/2009 10:48:33 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: capydick
Probably true - but - the Freeper Balls were a great time!

I'm sure they were, and here's to better times, after the much-less-than-good times!

11 posted on 01/04/2009 10:50:57 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad
For Reagan's second inaugural, I had to wear a Civil War Period Union cavalry uniform for the Parade. Several of the balls invited us a couple of nights before (if we wore the uniforms) and we went to several. I don't know how many we made because my memory only allows me to remember the first two. I had a grand time. We didn't get to ride in the parade because it was cancelled as the wind chill was somewhere between -5 degrees and -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
12 posted on 01/04/2009 10:51:35 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: browardchad
I thought the Freeper Ball was pretty good, especially Honorable Cong BillyBob, it is a lot easier if you live close.
13 posted on 01/04/2009 10:52:16 AM PST by boomop1
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To: browardchad

I wonder how many people know that a middle school band of gays and lesbians have been invited to march in the parade?


14 posted on 01/04/2009 10:53:22 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have officially invited the Lesbian and Gay Band Association to march in the Inaugural Parade. One of the association’s web sites reports that the group will also march in September as part of the homosexual “Southern Decadence” festival infamous for its public lewd acts.

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) is a network of lesbian and gay bands comprised of concert and marching bands from various American cities.

According to a December 10 press release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the group’s appearance in the Inaugural Parade on January 20 will mark the first time an “openly LGBT group” has been invited to participate


15 posted on 01/04/2009 10:55:42 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: LiberConservative

We all know what happened to them.


16 posted on 01/04/2009 10:58:06 AM PST by ozaukeemom (It's Obama's fault (just practicing))
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To: browardchad

I bet they get a lot of phone calls on that one. You don’t even go to the inaugural for 300,000 grand. LOL Talk about fleece. These idiots are sitting ducks.

How pathetic is this?


17 posted on 01/04/2009 11:04:10 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: browardchad

I had to commute through DC on the Metro during the last inauguration. I didn’t want to attend it, even though it was an ‘our side’ crowd. It was just too many doggone people. If I were still commuting through DC, I’d take the day off. I’ve been through some heavy crowds on the Metro, but this one is going to be worse than the Fourth of July post-fireworks crush of people.

Thankfully, I won’t be any closer than Fairfax.


18 posted on 01/04/2009 11:05:11 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: mware
According to a December 10 press release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the group’s appearance in the Inaugural Parade on January 20 will mark the first time an “openly LGBT group” has been invited to participate.

How special. That should go over well with Obama voters who also voted for Prop 8 and similar resolutions in other states. But then, I guess he can always blame it on Biden? 

19 posted on 01/04/2009 11:08:55 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad

Or through some amazing convoluted miasma of Leftist pretzel-logic, Bush.


20 posted on 01/04/2009 11:10:29 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: vetvetdoug
For Reagan's second inaugural, I had to wear a Civil War Period Union cavalry uniform for the Parade.

Those were the days...

21 posted on 01/04/2009 11:12:42 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad

Inauguration Day is usually a pretty miserable day, weather-wise.


22 posted on 01/04/2009 11:25:15 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: unkus

We will be too busy enjoying our family, our home, the birds singing, the blue skies and the sunshine to even care. Our TV will not be turned on so we won’t be wasting electricity on something so silly.


23 posted on 01/04/2009 11:26:15 AM PST by cubreporter
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To: freekitty
You don’t even go to the inaugural for 300,000 grand. LOL Talk about fleece. These idiots are sitting ducks.

It almost (but not quite) makes you want to feel sorry for the hope and change crowd:

Those tickets are free, but “controlled” by Congress; “be in touch with your Congressperson or Senator,” the Obama people suggest. By now though, it’s too late; many Congressional offices have even raffled off their spots. (Say what you will about the Bushies, but back in 2005, when a lot more people liked them, they gave out a bunch of VIP seated inaugural tickets for free with your ball tickets, which went for a mere $500 a pop). Thus, those big donors wanting to see Obama put his hand on the Lincoln Bible are advised by PIC solicitors to consider doing so as “walk-ins.” As a Presidential Inauguration Committee representative put it, “President Obama chose to put the administration together with more urgency than the Inauguration.”

Pay-to-play, anyone?

24 posted on 01/04/2009 11:27:56 AM PST by browardchad
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To: mware

“According to a December 10 press release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the group’s appearance in the Inaugural Parade on January 20 will mark the first time an “openly LGBT group” has been invited to participate”

Isn’t that SPECIAL !!!!

Happy New Year, M

Coming for NCPAC this year?


25 posted on 01/04/2009 11:29:29 AM PST by EDINVA
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Hi Ed. I hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Even though I despised what I fear our nation is in store for, I had considered showing portions of the Inaugural and Parade to my students.

No way I am even considering showing them any part of the parade given that groups invitation.

26 posted on 01/04/2009 11:33:26 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: browardchad

Add to that a bunch of terrorist cells pissed off about Israel’s invasion of the Gaza. Oh, what fun! Better than Fourth of July in Kalamazoo.


27 posted on 01/04/2009 11:40:27 AM PST by Palladin (When will Bill Ayers start bombing buildings again?)
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To: browardchad

The FReeper Ball in 2001 was the greatest! I don’t think anyone was disappointed, and it sure didn’t include a shake-down.


28 posted on 01/04/2009 11:44:30 AM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: cubreporter
We will be too busy enjoying our family, our home, the birds singing, the blue skies and the sunshine to even care. Our TV will not be turned on so we won’t be wasting electricity on something so silly.

A good approach.

29 posted on 01/04/2009 11:54:11 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad

Here’s a good one to explain the kind of people we are dealing with today.

http://olimu.com/Journalism/Texts/Commentary/NewClass.htm


30 posted on 01/04/2009 11:58:06 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: mombonn
The FReeper Ball in 2001 was the greatest! I don’t think anyone was disappointed, and it sure didn’t include a shake-down.

I remember reading about it, just as you describe. We celebrated vicariously, after having stood in the sun and rain, chanting, down here, in the recount demonstrations.  It seems like so long ago...but eight months after the inauguration, it took on a whole new importance.

31 posted on 01/04/2009 12:05:50 PM PST by browardchad
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I still have the sweatshirt I bought. Will be wearing it this January 20th in my silent, inauguration-free zone.

I must say, I'd be a shrieking banshee if hillary! was being sworn in. Obambi's inauguration will be one of quiet desperation.

32 posted on 01/04/2009 12:12:18 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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p.s. - the only downside of the 2001 inauguration was that clintbilly refused to leave the stage.

The lack of respect he showed President Bush and all of us was disgusting.

33 posted on 01/04/2009 12:14:11 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: mombonn
p.s. - the only downside of the 2001 inauguration was that clintbilly refused to leave the stage.

The lack of respect he showed President Bush and all of us was disgusting.

The endless ceremony in the airplane hanger -- disgusting  is a good adjective.

I know we'll see a much more dignified leave-taking this time -- by a President who, in spite of his faults, upheld the dignity of the office.

34 posted on 01/04/2009 12:21:00 PM PST by browardchad
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To: cubreporter

Same here.


35 posted on 01/04/2009 12:25:19 PM PST by unkus
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To: freekitty
Thank you, Derb had it right, eight years ago. We need only substitute Obama for Gore, and "New Class" for "transnational progressives" or, if you will, since they are emboldened, "socialists." --

Today's elite loathes the nation it rules.

The New Class has deep differences of opinion with the common people and therefore cannot get elected without a certain amount of deceit....

Thus New Class candidates for power must make a show of piety. At critical points in his various personal dramas, President Clinton has taken care to be seen coming out of church clutching a bible...

The lesson of the Clinton-Gore candidacies may ultimately be the one taught by another national leader in another time: If you're going to lie, lie big....

Hence the endless sappy litany of New Class politicians and media types: We CARE, we're for the people, for the kiddies and the old folk, for the environment—the birds and little fishes. And you? Why, you just want to strip the country bare and trample on the faces of the poor, to enrich yourselves and your friends and gratify your base appetities for worldly goods....

They are ... Wait a minute. What's that? I'm out of space? But I've only just been clearing my throat! They are bullies! They are cowards! They are snobs! They are narcissists! They are shallow! They are obscurantist! They are racist! They are sentimental! They are fiscally irresponsible! They hate the nation-state! They hate religion! They hate democracy! They hate science!

...our nation and our liberties are under assault by an arrogant, self-satisfied elite of over-educated libertines. Al Gore, though not exactly of them, carries their standard into battle, and will finalize their capture of our institutions.

It is not just for particular matters of policy that we should oppose the Gore candidacy, nor for any personal failings we may have detected in the man, but for the final, decisive triumph of the New Class that will follow a Gore victory. Class-warfare politics? Oh yes, please!

36 posted on 01/04/2009 12:58:20 PM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad

This is exactly what it is. We are being ruled by a bunch of low rent liars.


37 posted on 01/04/2009 1:00:43 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: mombonn

I voted for the guy and was turned off by Gore’s tearing the country apart. Then, Clinton with his rally at an airport hangar, IIRC. Bad form, and it has NOTHING to do with money or status or heritage.


38 posted on 01/04/2009 1:15:23 PM PST by PghBaldy (Obama showing off his crotch: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=550_1210277599)
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To: mombonn
I still have the sweatshirt I bought.

I made some t-shirts for our group  -- a graphic of Gore in a staight jacket, and the words, IIRC, "Don't make me come down there, Al --- God."

Unfortunately, t-shirts don't survive as well as sweatshirts (although I suspect that at least one of the group still has this one squirreled away).

Wear it proudly.

39 posted on 01/04/2009 1:34:26 PM PST by browardchad
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To: Riley

“Thankfully, I won’t be any closer than Fairfax.”

If they’re still expecting 4 million people and 10,000 buses, even Fairfax might be too close.

I’m near Greenbelt in MD and I’m not planning on even trying to go to work that day. I need a couple days off anyway.


40 posted on 01/04/2009 1:42:35 PM PST by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: browardchad

Pray for snow.


41 posted on 01/04/2009 1:46:47 PM PST by OpusatFR (Neither Republican or Democrat. Monarchist with allegience to The Only One.)
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To: OpusatFR
Pray for snow.

Oh, I have been -- and sleet, and freezing temps. With apologies to DC Freepers, of course.

42 posted on 01/04/2009 2:00:49 PM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad
Don't worry about the DC FReepers and snow. We'll be fine :) We can handle weather.

I, too, am praying HARD for snow, sleet, freezing rain, hail, whatever. Anything but clear skies

43 posted on 01/04/2009 2:03:43 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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Don't worry about the DC FReepers and snow. We'll be fine :) We can handle weather.

Thanks for the absolution!

44 posted on 01/04/2009 3:03:43 PM PST by browardchad
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All the events will be highly green and organic, right?

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45 posted on 01/05/2009 5:47:08 AM PST by polymuser (Bye, bye Miss American Pie.)
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To: unkus

Any sane person in the DC area will be out of town the entire week of the Inauguration.


46 posted on 01/05/2009 5:48:41 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: unkus

Can you just even begin to imagine the coverage from the dips on TV and news stations?????? All botoxed up and lip glossed to the max???? Yipes...thank God we have a life. :)


47 posted on 01/06/2009 12:55:54 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: unkus

Can you just even begin to imagine the coverage from the dips on TV and news stations?????? All botoxed up and lip glossed to the max???? Yipes...thank God we have a life. :)


48 posted on 01/06/2009 12:56:21 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: browardchad

Yes and glad you agree. Am sure there will be lots of others out there doing the same thing.


49 posted on 01/06/2009 12:57:03 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: browardchad

Can anyone tell me if they close off streets so the anointed one can get from event to event? Sounds like DC is going to be complete gridlock, even to pedestrian traffic.


50 posted on 01/06/2009 1:50:41 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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