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Bush declares a 'state of emergency' as cost of Obama's swearing-in ceremony soars to $161 million
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 14th January 2009 | Paul Thompson

Posted on 01/14/2009 8:58:36 AM PST by Joiseydude

Barack Obama's inauguration is set to cost more than $161 million making it the most expensive swearing-in ceremony in US history.

The President-elect will take less than a minute to recite the oath of office in front of an estimated two million people in the US capital next week.

But by the time the final dance has been held at one of the many inaugural balls the costs for the day will be a staggering $161 million.

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zer0: everyone will have to sacrific, well, except me of course.
1 posted on 01/14/2009 8:58:37 AM PST by Joiseydude
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To: Joiseydude

I guess we’ll have a “swearing in ceremony” bail out plan as well....


2 posted on 01/14/2009 9:01:24 AM PST by mikelets456
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To: Joiseydude

Kinda over the top for a constitutional republic in the throws of an economic down-turn. Fifty bucks and ten minutes with a local JP oughta get it done. Take a couple polaroids for posterity.


3 posted on 01/14/2009 9:01:33 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Joiseydude

On January 20th some of us will be eating cake- all of us will be paying for it


4 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:00 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Joiseydude
Shouldn't that headline read??

Obama turns DC to DISASTER AREA

5 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:22 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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To: Joiseydude

yeah,but,but,but.. the GOP spent $150k on Palin’s clothes!!!


6 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:26 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Joiseydude

And the democraps bitch when GM corporate execs waste money by flying around in company jets instead of driving cars.


7 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:31 AM PST by reagan_fanatic ("You got that, camera guy?")
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To: Joiseydude

Does anyone else find this extremely offensive, with the current state of the economy?


8 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:33 AM PST by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: mikelets456

Soetoro too big to fail.


9 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:36 AM PST by omega4179 (Bush Abandoned Ramos and Compean)
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To: Joiseydude

Damn, good thing a Republican isn’t doing this in our economic crisis


10 posted on 01/14/2009 9:03:17 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The tree of liberty is getting mighty dry)
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To: TommyDale

Absolutely. At least it made the news in the UK.


11 posted on 01/14/2009 9:03:24 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Joiseydude

One can only imagine how such a figure would be spun if it were the tab for a McCain ceremony.


12 posted on 01/14/2009 9:04:42 AM PST by AustinBill (consequence is what makes our choices real)
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To: Joiseydude
This isn't a coronation. A simple ceremony should do for a usurper.

Bush is entirely too "buddy-buddy" with this guy.

13 posted on 01/14/2009 9:05:35 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Baraq Hussein 0bama - Affirmative Action Usurper Infesting the Whitey House - Jan 20th)
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To: Joiseydude

This is absolutely outrageous. The taxpayers shouldn’t be paying $161 million for ANYBODY’S inauguration, Democrat or Republican. If the Obamatards want to through a huge party for their messiah they should pay for it themselves.


14 posted on 01/14/2009 9:05:53 AM PST by LuxAerterna
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To: jersey117

And between 3 and 4 times the amount spent on GWB’s 2005 inauguration. The Democrats screamed and yelled about that one...


15 posted on 01/14/2009 9:06:25 AM PST by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Joiseydude

I’m sure that Bambi will be getting his good friend Oprah to cover it so as not to burden the middle class taxpayers. /s


16 posted on 01/14/2009 9:06:42 AM PST by anonsquared
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To: reagan_fanatic


After the New York City metropolitan area, the largest cluster of wealth in the U.S. is huddled around Washington, D.C.
17 posted on 01/14/2009 9:06:48 AM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: AustinBill

18 posted on 01/14/2009 9:07:11 AM PST by VR-21
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To: TommyDale

I heard that he has reserved a private air strip for the hollywood folk and their private jets.


19 posted on 01/14/2009 9:07:43 AM PST by jersey117
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To: TommyDale
Does anyone else find this extremely offensive, with the current state of the economy?

Shirley you jest. Where is there room for common sense in government these days? And you're acting like its your money or something.
20 posted on 01/14/2009 9:08:27 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: Joiseydude

Gee, wasn’t Gov Palin pilloried in the press for spending $250,000 on clothing? That was an outrage. Obama’s spending is a Disaster, but one which the press is happy to support.


21 posted on 01/14/2009 9:08:36 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: TommyDale
And between 3 and 4 times the amount spent on GWB’s 2005 inauguration.

Tommy....he is black, no criticism allowed.
22 posted on 01/14/2009 9:09:40 AM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: TommyDale

Fiddl’n while Rome burns


23 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:08 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Joiseydude

All this wasted time and effort ... he could have come to the Bustard household for a “Swearing At Ceremony”, for free.


24 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:34 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: roses of sharon

Now now, don’t be giving osama any target ideas! (wishful thinking?)


25 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:40 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Ft. Lauderdale Florida)
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To: Joiseydude

How many people could be helped with $161 mill?


26 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:44 AM PST by ElectricStrawberry (1/27th Infantry Wolfhounds...cut in half during the Clinton years.)
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To: Joiseydude

I do agree the inauguration of Indonesian Barry Soetero IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!


27 posted on 01/14/2009 9:12:33 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Joiseydude
“Barack Obama’s inauguration is set to cost more than $161 million ....”

Compare the coverage of Obama’s lavish coronation to the coverage of Bush's $40 million (1/4 the cost) 2nd inauguration.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1311625/posts

28 posted on 01/14/2009 9:12:36 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Joiseydude

With the politicians spending trillions of dollars bailing out everybody, suddenly $161 million is just “walkin around money”.


29 posted on 01/14/2009 9:13:08 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: Joiseydude

Think of all the sick people he could heal with that 161 million.


30 posted on 01/14/2009 9:13:45 AM PST by MarkeyD (11-4-08 For the first time I can say I am ashamed of my country.)
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To: jersey117
I heard that he has reserved a private air strip for the hollywood folk and their private jets.

Good place to lay out land mines.
31 posted on 01/14/2009 9:14:18 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: MarkeyD

That would more than cover healthcare costs for at least two million uninsured Americans.


32 posted on 01/14/2009 9:16:28 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Joiseydude

What happened to the 5 million visitors the press was boasting about a few weeks ago?

They’re going to spend maybe five times as much as Bush or Clinton, they’re going to close all the bridges, they’re going to ban cars, they’re going to have unprecedented levels of security, everyone has to get in place at least three hours ahead of time, and the crowd may end up being no bigger than it was for Bush or Clinton.

Great.


33 posted on 01/14/2009 9:16:32 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Joiseydude

mr. obama spares no expense while all of the “little people” have to tighten their budgets just to get by.

i hope his supporters that have lost their jobs or are going through hard times due to the tanking economy realize that their dear leader, who is supposed to be the party of the “common man”, isn’t practicing what he’s preaching


34 posted on 01/14/2009 9:18:32 AM PST by kerbear413 (just say NObama)
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To: ElectricStrawberry

Hey dude: the cost of “hope” and “change” don’t come cheap you know!


35 posted on 01/14/2009 9:18:37 AM PST by Hillarys nightmare (So Proud to be living in "Jesus Land" ! Don't you wish everyone did?)
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To: Joiseydude

Makes me want to VOMIT! Phoney, liar, hope all those DUMMIES are happy! Change, well that’s all we’ll have left!


36 posted on 01/14/2009 9:19:53 AM PST by blondee123 (Never acknowledge a Marxist as President of the United States of America!)
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To: Joiseydude
The mind boggles at the venom that would being spewed about an inauguration of a Republican that took on this kind of extravagance!!

In good economic times the MSM would be beside themselves but they would be apoplectic in their negative coverage and go on and on about how "OUT OF TOUCH" the rich Republicans are with the American people.

37 posted on 01/14/2009 9:20:55 AM PST by PISANO
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To: Joiseydude

Still spending money like we have it, I see.


38 posted on 01/14/2009 9:22:22 AM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Joiseydude
Millions of people and 5,000 porta potties. There is going to be some angry women. When the inauguration is over,the place will make the day after Woodstock look like a marine barracks.
39 posted on 01/14/2009 9:24:19 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: jersey117

So when, if ever, will the American MSM report the cost?


40 posted on 01/14/2009 9:24:40 AM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: kerbear413
I heard on Hannity that Obamas have hired a famous interior decorator that used to work with Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg. They are going to do some makeover on the interior living rooms for Obamas. Add this to the trillion dollar bailout plan.
41 posted on 01/14/2009 9:25:20 AM PST by MooseChic
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To: Joiseydude
Bush declares a 'state of emergency

Is this code for Bush continuing to spend tax payer money like a drunken lottery winner in Vegas?

42 posted on 01/14/2009 9:29:19 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: Joiseydude; RobinOfKingston; TommyDale

I don’t have a problem with this. The $160 million isn’t for the parties — those are funded with private donations. The big bill is for big security, and it’s needed. If you think $160 million is a lot of money, just imagine how much would evaporate from the retirement and other investments of US citizens, if President-elect Obama was killed by some nut during the inauguration. The stock market would instantly start plumemting. $160 million would be gone in the first 5 seconds, and then a few trillion would follow. This money paid for security doesn’t evaporate — it’s distributed as paychecks to workers and payments to providers of equipment. A lot of ordinary working people in the DC area will be putting in extra time and enjoying some extra income as a result of this.


43 posted on 01/14/2009 9:34:56 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: TommyDale

>>”Does anyone else find this extremely offensive, with the current state of the economy?”<<

0bama will be strutting around D.C. like a pimp with a new hat......with his Chicago Ho’s in tow. It is beyond sickening how weak the citizens have become.

I actually think I’m developing and ulcer over all this crap. If I were a drinker, I’d stay drunk for the next four years.


44 posted on 01/14/2009 9:35:41 AM PST by panaxanax (Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those that don't.)
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To: PISANO

Wake up. The money is for security. The parties are paid for with private donations, and I’m sure plenty of Republican inaugural parties have been just as extravagant or more so than the ones that will be held next week.


45 posted on 01/14/2009 9:36:14 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
The $160 million isn’t for the parties — those are funded with private donations.

You cannot prove that. If you think some of $160,000,000 isn't going for things other than security, well, you need to change your nic at the least.

46 posted on 01/14/2009 9:42:00 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
The big bill is for big security, and it’s needed.

Bullsh*t!

The economy is cartwheeling down range out of control, millions have lost their homes, investments, businesses, and jobs...And this monster government is going to spend hundreds of millions on a GD ceremony?

If this corrupt government had one ounce of responsibility they'd cancel this public parade and inauguration for Obama, due to an economic emergency, and conduct it in a secured environment, indoors, while televising it to the country. Period. No more wasting tax payer money that does not exist in the first place.

This is outrageous. Stop the excuses.

47 posted on 01/14/2009 9:42:34 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: Joiseydude

Why does this seem like the coronation of a Russian Czar?


48 posted on 01/14/2009 9:42:56 AM PST by Aroostook25
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To: GovernmentShrinker
I’m sure plenty of Republican inaugural parties have been just as extravagant or more so than the ones that will be held next week.

You have a reading comprehension problem or you simply missed this in the first sentence.

Barack Obama's inauguration is set to cost more than $161 million making it the most expensive swearing-in ceremony in US history.

49 posted on 01/14/2009 9:44:11 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

I have a big problem with it. If he wants to secure Washington, D.C. while he parties, he should do it with private funding. The taxpayers would never vote for spending this much for a stupid, meaningless inauguration.


50 posted on 01/14/2009 9:44:35 AM PST by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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