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Obama's inauguration set to be the most expensive in US history
guardian.co.uk ^ | January 14, 2009 | Ewen MacAskill

Posted on 01/14/2009 7:17:04 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

President Barack Obama's inauguration next week is set to be the most expensive ever, predicted to reach over $150m (£102m). This dwarfs the $42.3m spent on George Bush's inauguration in 2005 and the $33m spent on Bill Clinton's in 1993.

Part of the spending includes emergency funding announced by the White House on Tuesday to help with the soaring costs. Most of this new federal funding will be to deal with the huge influx of people, estimated 1.5 million to 2 million.

A White House statement said that President Bush "declared an emergency exists in the District of Columbia".

If there is snow, the costs will grow higher. The long-term forecast suggests there is a chance of snow on Sunday and again on the day of inauguration, on Tuesday.

Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, told the New York Daily News, which estimated the cost at $160m: "We're always very budget conscious. But we're sending a message to the entire world about our peaceful transition of power, and you don't want it to look like a schlock affair. It needs to be appropriate to the magnitude of events that it is."

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KEYWORDS: 150millionforobama; 2009; bho2008; bhoinauguration; coronation; democrats; fearlessleader; federalspending; houseparty; momoney; obama
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1 posted on 01/14/2009 7:17:04 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

2 posted on 01/14/2009 7:18:11 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; MurryMom
$150m

How many people could that feed?

3 posted on 01/14/2009 7:22:25 PM PST by Libloather (January is Liberal, Leftist, Marxist Awareness Month.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You need to Photoshop the text — I clearly read “Stalin”...


4 posted on 01/14/2009 7:23:00 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A White House statement said that President Bush "declared an emergency exists in the District of Columbia".

Nevermind Captain Obvious, this calls for Master of the Understatement.

5 posted on 01/14/2009 7:23:20 PM PST by Ezekiel (Inauguration of Desolation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suppose we’re paying for the farce...


6 posted on 01/14/2009 7:23:35 PM PST by madison10
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To: Free ThinkerNY
you don't want it to look like a schlock affair

Especially when the guest of honor is such an elitist fraud.
7 posted on 01/14/2009 7:23:46 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Love Stalin .... Schaste Narodnoye ... can't make out the rest.

Yeah, that's about right.

8 posted on 01/14/2009 7:26:09 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Those chickens are already doing their thing all over our finances, and I don’t mean in a good fertilizer way.

Welcome to the 0bamaworld of Entitlement. Nothing is good enough for the 0. He deserves it after all of his life ‘struggles.’


9 posted on 01/14/2009 7:28:09 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s well worth it

1) First black (liberal) president
2) Hope and change
3) He loves us
4) He walks on water (so what if treasury secretary is a tax dodger and raises our taxes?? It’s not like he’s a republican)


10 posted on 01/14/2009 7:30:59 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : " I will claim my 1B $ federal contracts to local gov (unions) is all private sector")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

only the best for a socialist.


11 posted on 01/14/2009 7:31:02 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Libloather
How many people could that feed?

A few greedy Marxists, it seems. And yeah, 6 portapotties for every 1000 useful idiots.

Meanwhile the rest of us working stiffs that don't bend to socialism will pick up the slack. Can you tell I'm a little ticked by these ostentatious, craven bloodsuckers?

12 posted on 01/14/2009 7:32:42 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is a person so insecure that he constantly needs symbols to prove he’s somebody.

He’s a nobody who stole an election with the help of ACORN and a psycho media.


13 posted on 01/14/2009 7:35:44 PM PST by Carley
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; oswegodeee; seenenuf; seekthetruth; ExTexasRedhead; ...
Oh, I hope the weather is frightful
It'll make me feel so delightful
Though I wish no woe for the Bro
Let it snow, let it snow, REALLY snow

Leni

14 posted on 01/14/2009 7:37:38 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: mplsconservative
Can you tell I'm a little ticked by these ostentatious, craven bloodsuckers?

And you ain't seen nothing yet! Hold on to your wallet, we still have social security for illegal aliens, college for terrorists to kill us more efficiently, houses for people who can't afford the mortgage (wait, they already did that)......

15 posted on 01/14/2009 7:37:59 PM PST by BILL_C (ANSWER Palin is unqualified with SO IS OBAMA, but Gov.Palin is all American, and is NOT A MARXIST!)
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To: mplsconservative; writer33; Liz; AT7Saluki
...6 portapotties for every 1000 useful idiots.

The Maha was in DC yesterday and mentioned that toilets rimmed the entire mall. Sickening really. Dubya's fault?

16 posted on 01/14/2009 7:40:29 PM PST by Libloather (January is Liberal, Leftist, Marxist Awareness Month.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It must be a cultural thing with Kenyans...

Bling Bling, taking on airs and spending other people’s money.....


17 posted on 01/14/2009 7:46:01 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: BILL_C

It’s going to be a crazy few years. I hope this country survives.


18 posted on 01/14/2009 7:48:30 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: mplsconservative
After Zero produces the American version of the Weimar Republic, President Palin's inauguration is going to cost way more that Barry's.
19 posted on 01/14/2009 7:52:34 PM PST by hunter112 (We seem to be on an excrement river in a Native American watercraft without a propulsion device.)
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To: hunter112

You just gave me the chills. What you say could be true, more than I hate to think about it.


20 posted on 01/14/2009 7:56:09 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: Libloather; MurryMom

Where is our voice of liberal reason? I almost missed your ping to her.

You haven’t posted since you were busting your rear end to get your messiah elected. How’s that man of the people thing going? Partaking of the bread and circuses?


21 posted on 01/14/2009 8:00:26 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Please, oh please, tell me this isn’t true.

People are FREEZING - literally FREEZING - during record cold because we can’t afford to properly heat our homes and we’re funding a gala? For a man who talks about entering another Great Depression? For a man who attended the most racist church I have ever been acquainted with and who says in his book that white man’s greed runs a world in need? For a man whose wife says we are sloths and cynics? For a man who claims to care about people hurting, but has no problem taking those hurting people’s funds because those funds are in small increments (no matter that those small increments add up)? For a man who claims people can’t afford basic health care, gasoline, college education, mental health services, groceries, or anything else...we have to pay for this overpriced party? To celebrate what, exactly? How IS Illinois, by the way? Prosperous with plenty of jobs? Probably the one state in all 57 which is thriving, right /s?

I’ve had enough for now. Forget all the pleas for giving this man a chance; the writing is on the wall. Actions speak louder than words.


22 posted on 01/14/2009 8:00:27 PM PST by JavaJumpy (Thanks, Mark Levin, for being there. You're a lifesaver.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hosting the homies and wearing all the bling cost a whole lota stackola.....ya know what I'm sayin?
23 posted on 01/14/2009 8:01:05 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: MinuteGal

Sleet and hail would be appropriate.


24 posted on 01/14/2009 8:15:04 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Zero’s Golden Rule: He who has the gold, rules.


25 posted on 01/14/2009 8:32:56 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Osam....bama administration is a bunch of PAGAN HYPOCRITES!!!!!


26 posted on 01/14/2009 8:40:07 PM PST by Doctor Don
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
President Barack Obama's inauguration next week is set to be the most expensive ever, predicted to reach over $150m (£102m).

A fitting end to the roaring aughts...

27 posted on 01/14/2009 8:41:53 PM PST by meyer (We are all John Galt)
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To: Doctor Don

What an example....


28 posted on 01/14/2009 8:46:06 PM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

But don’t you feel all hopey-changey?


29 posted on 01/14/2009 8:46:52 PM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gasp! You mean the Democrats don’t have the money to pay for the shindig??? They are asking US who did not vote for Zero to pay for it?? What nerve!

This is how I am going to help pay for it...I will NOT turn the tv on the whole day to watch it! That way, what I don’t spend for electricity can help pay for Zero’s parade!


30 posted on 01/14/2009 8:59:55 PM PST by Buddygirl
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Where is the press outrage over this???


31 posted on 01/14/2009 10:26:04 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon (NOBAMA 2008)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

**Obama’s inauguration set to be the most expensive in US history**

It figures.


32 posted on 01/14/2009 10:38:57 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MinuteGal
If necessary, they are probably prepared to move it inside like they did for the second Reagan inauguration.

In a swirling snowstorm, police and security inspect the podium where President Ronald Reagan was supposed to have been sworn into office for a second term, Jan. 20, 1985. On the following day, extremely cold temperatures forced the swearing-in ceremonies to be moved indoors, and the inaugural parade was canceled. Source: "Washington Weather"

"During the early-to-mid 1980s, the East Coast experienced some extraordinary cold waves that were dubbed the Siberian Express or Arctic Express. One of the last of these amazing cold waves occurred on Jan. 21, 1985, during Ronald Reagan's second inauguration. It remains the the coldest inauguration on record. The low temperature on Jan. 21 was -4°F and the temperature at noon was only 7°F. Wind chill temperatures fell to -10° to -20°F. The oath of office was moved inside to the Capitol Rotunda and the parade was canceled.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2009/01/reagans_1985_inauguration_cold.html?wprss=capitalweathergang

33 posted on 01/15/2009 1:59:10 AM PST by Mila
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To: mplsconservative
I hope this country survives.

Survives? Like this country survived the FDR years. A recent paper done by UCLA economists says they were confused WHY the US Depression lasted so long, they couldn't understand it.

Then they looked at FDR's socialism, his insistence on spending to stimulate the economy, which is EXACTLY what we are seeing NOW. Obama getting a blank check from Congress and now we're going to spread the wealth, we're going to nationalize companies, we're headed for European socialism, and the MARXIST SOCIAL WORKER WITH A LAW DEGREE WHO WORSHIPS GLOBAL WARMING IDEOLOGY is going to try to convince us he's the reincarnation of Lincoln.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx

Our only chance is to let our idiotic Congress People and Senators know that we are fed up, and if it continues, they will be unemployed. Right now with the idiots in America electing Demorats, they don't believe a word we say. We need to change their minds in a big way.

34 posted on 01/15/2009 4:03:49 AM PST by BILL_C (ANSWER Palin is unqualified with SO IS OBAMA, but Gov.Palin is all American, and is NOT A MARXIST!)
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To: madison10

We all need to hush. After all, HE is the first “Affirmative Action” President. ;0)


35 posted on 01/15/2009 4:13:10 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pretty sad really. Dems made certain the economy tanked, destroyed the retirements of people, and then Soetero wallows in ostentatious glory and self gratification.

doesn’t sound much like a messiah to me.


36 posted on 01/15/2009 4:27:24 AM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

The press hasn’t made a peep! Please send this story to 10 friends (or more). People really need to know about this!!!! I can’t wait to see what Michelle wears for this one....gag


37 posted on 01/15/2009 4:43:54 AM PST by wndycndy (When the shock wears off I will really be scared....)
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To: MinuteGal

Hee hee.


38 posted on 01/15/2009 7:51:31 AM PST by aculeus
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This needs reposting. More people need to know about this. Notice US mainstream media won’t post this. Citz have to read about this from the foreign press. Sheesh!


39 posted on 01/16/2009 1:22:07 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“President Obama is being criticized because his inaugural celebrations are projected to cost the taxpayers over $400 million. When asked about it, Obama explained that Ted Kennedy planned to attend and there was going to be an open bar.”

http://barackobamajokes.googlepages.com/inauguration_jokes


40 posted on 01/16/2009 1:40:10 PM PST by Mojave (Own a pit bull; own the consequences.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; ...
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

The NYet Times doesn't give a Rat's a$$ this time around I see.

For Inauguration in Wartime, a Lingering Question of Tone (NYTimes.com > Washington By JOHN TIERNEY Published: January 16, 2005)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 - Inaugurations are always balancing acts: part coronation, part celebration of democracy, part touchdown dance in the end zone. But they become even trickier during times of war, particularly when television images of dancers in black tie can be instantly juxtaposed with soldiers in body armor.

..."Our tone throughout the inaugural events will show gratitude toward those who protect the ideals that make our nation so great," said Jeanne L. Phillips, the chairwoman of the inaugural committee, which seeks to raise $30 million to $40 million through ticket sales and private donations to pay for the events.

...Some critics say spending so much on these parties seems ill-timed both because of the Iraq war and the tsunami catastrophe in Asia. Anthony D. Weiner, a Democratic congressman preparing to run for mayor of New York, sent President Bush a letter on Tuesday suggesting that the millions in inaugural funds be sent to the troops in Iraq.

"Precedent suggests that inaugural festivities should be muted - if not canceled - in wartime," Mr. Weiner wrote, noting that in 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt limited the celebration to a cold luncheon at the White House...


41 posted on 01/16/2009 1:56:21 PM PST by weegee (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money!

42 posted on 01/16/2009 1:58:06 PM PST by weegee (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

GEE, WHAT A SHOCK ( NOT )


43 posted on 01/16/2009 2:05:38 PM PST by peace with honor
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I wonder how the all or nothing bite off their noses to spite their faces third party and stay at home conservative voters feel about this? While the rest of us were doing everything we could to stop this coming train wreck, those fools did nothing to help stop it but throw away their votes intentionally on a losing pony or took their ball and went home. This train wreck belongs to those voters and nonvoters, as much as it does Obama mindless worshipers.
44 posted on 01/16/2009 2:07:22 PM PST by utahson
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To: Libloather

Does anyone remember the movie “The Man Who would Be King”?

Remember the bad ending for the “king”?

0bama is the punk who would be king.


45 posted on 01/16/2009 2:08:54 PM PST by unkus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The Guardian is off a bit, the tab was $161,000,000 before Bush declared a disaster area in DC (that will boost $$ considerably and obfuscate audits).

W's inaug ran about $70,000,000 when you add security.

We must all make sacrifices in the new economy. Except for some.

This is an unprecedented event, and I think SOME more extravagance is called for. I actually heard a kid say that now, even HE can become president (he's black), and that is a good thing, something worth celebrating, I think (maybe next we'll get a conservative constructionist black candidate!), but this? Plus the Lincoln-mimick train trip?

46 posted on 01/16/2009 2:09:48 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Alternatively, Obama could use the $160 Million to cut a check for for $80 Million for each of the projected 2 million people showing up for this fiasco. Then he could have his inauguration televised for free by all radio and television stations. I bet even the most crazed ObamaNuts would think this is change they can believe in.


47 posted on 01/16/2009 2:12:24 PM PST by lonevoice (Ich bin ein plumber)
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To: Mojave

Good page


48 posted on 01/16/2009 2:15:08 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does that include the l.5 million free Odumbo balloons?


49 posted on 01/16/2009 2:17:19 PM PST by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: Libloather

Exactly!!! Oh remember the whiny little b*tch from Vanity Fair blabbering on Fox News when President Bush was re-elected?
She was saying how DARE he have a big celebration with a war in Iraq, and soldiers dying.

Well? There’s still a war in Iraq AND a recession.

I won’t hold my breath for the media to start complaining about it.


50 posted on 01/16/2009 2:20:39 PM PST by snarkytart
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