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Old 01-18-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Hard times call for a 150,000,000 party

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:16 PM   #2
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every year they spend more on those events. you really thought that there was going to be THAT much a change?
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My uncle is a Leut. in SF and has to go with the Mayor. There is ALOT that's going on behind the scenes over years past.

It is paid for by the inauguating party if im not mistaken.
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well we all knew it, honestly what a dumb way of dumping money in a time of recession

now lets just wait when he ssits in the chair
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As the recession continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and inauguration celebrations ramp up, a lot of people are asking: "How much will this shindig cost?"

The short answer? More than $150 million — and yep, that's the most expensive ever. (By comparison, George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration cost $42.3 million. Bill Clinton managed with $33 million in 1993.)

For the first time, President Bush has declared an emergency in Washington, D.C. to supplement the $15 million Congress has already allotted for security measures. It's no surprise that security costs are sky-high — Barack Obama received Secret Service protection very early in his presidential run and record crowds (likely anywhere from 1.5 to 3 million people) are expected for the record number of events. In fact, the Secret Service will be in charge of security not just for inauguration day, but for four days, starting Saturday with Obama's train ride from Philadelphia. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the AP:

"It will be the most security, as far as I'm aware, that any inauguration's had."

Obama's much-discussed (and very cool-looking) custom Cadillac limo certainly couldn't come cheap, though we'll never really know how much it cost. Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said the car's exact specifications are a big secret, including the safety features and production cost.

But Forbes reports it's not all flak jackets and armored cars:

To manage an event of this scale, the District of Columbia will spend a mammoth $47 million. It is not enough.... Much of the $45 million will go toward creating a dynamic Inauguration experience for the everyday visitor, not just funding exclusive events. "We don't even consider these events to be extravagant," says Linda Douglas, a spokeswoman from the Presidential Inauguration Committee. "With crowds of this size, most of our attention is being devoted to opening up as many events to the public."

The good news for taxpayers: Inaugural celebrations are paid for by the inaugural committee — and Obama has, once again, been a very successful fundraiser — at least $35 million by recent counts. Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, told the New York Daily News:

"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."

And if you're eager to whoop it up in the same sassy fashion as our government, Washington hotels have come up with tons of ways for you to spend your money. The Washingtonian has made a list of some of the best ... and worst.

"Most unusual item in a hotel package: Round-trip airfare and hotel for four in St. Petersburg, Russia, part of the Omni Shoreham’s Live Like a President package—the trip is aimed at gaining “foreign-policy experience.” The $440,000 package also includes an in-suite dinner with entertainer Mark Russell.

Most controversial item: A puppy—in honor of Obama’s promise to get his daughters a dog — was originally part of the package deal at the Omni Shoreham but was dropped when the hotel caught heat from animal lovers. Instead, the hotel will make a donation to the Washington Humane Society."

So don't feel bad if you're sitting on the couch watching the historic festivities from home — at least you'll be saving some pennies.
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As for the 'cars' they always used two before. If the president planned a trip anywhere the car would go before him and be guarded 24/7 and inspected upon arrival for bombs/etc. Bullet proof, B5... they are built very well.


It does appear to be quite a dive in budget already even w an unstable economy as mentioned in posts above. Time will tell.
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well i guess if it's coming from donations it's not so bad...but still that money could be spent in much better ways.
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As for the 'cars' they always used two before. If the president planned a trip anywhere the car would go before him and be guarded 24/7 and inspected upon arrival for bombs/etc. Bullet proof, B5... they are built very well.


It does appear to be quite a dive in budget already even w an unstable economy as mentioned in posts above. Time will tell.
i totally understand security , is part of the job. but dumping money in useless ? that doesnt cut it
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The good news for taxpayers: Inaugural celebrations are paid for by the inaugural committee — and Obama has, once again, been a very successful fundraiser — at least $35 million by recent counts. Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, told the New York Daily News:


35mil in donations. Thats close to the total others have spent all together.
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It does not say paid for in whole by donations.
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Much of the $45 million will go toward creating a dynamic Inauguration experience for the everyday visitor, not just funding exclusive events. "We don't even consider these events to be extravagant," says Linda Douglas, a spokeswoman from the Presidential Inauguration Committee. "With crowds of this size, most of our attention is being devoted to opening up as many events to the public."

not extravagant? we are in for a rough year if 45 doesn't buy extravegant.
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with that many people 45 mil is nothing. Think about the whole 150,000,000 number.
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It does not say paid for in whole by donations.
inaugural committee doesn't count as a donation?
where do they get their money?
either way...i don't care really too much as long as it doesn't come from taxes.
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Nothing to see here citizen.

I do believe Obama said for people to start making sacrifices. Typical political BS, do as I say, not as I do. So much for change.
The change comes tuesday....
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inaugural committee doesn't count as a donation?
where do they get their money?
either way...i don't care really too much as long as it doesn't come from taxes.
Bush had to declare an emergency so that more money could be freed up to spend on the party. True, a lot of the money is from donations, but a sizeable chunk is still being forked up by taxpayers.
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Bush had to declare an emergency so that more money could be freed up to spend on the party. True, a lot of the money is from donations, but a sizeable chunk is still being forked up by taxpayers.
man..i need to actually read the freakin article

why would he declare an emergency for 15 million dollars? i don't get it.
as for them using tax dollars for this event...i think that's bullshit.
they should have to raise the money themselves. political shindigs aren't in the american peoples' interests.
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