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Celebrating Obama Costs $170 Million

John on January 19, 2009 at 9:43 am

This is the top headline on Drudge right now. I’m pasting a bit of it here for posterity:

The federal government estimates that it will spend roughly $49 million on the inaugural weekend. Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland have requested another $75 million from the federal government to help pay for their share of police, fire and medical services.

And then there is the party bill.

“We have a budget of roughly $45 million, maybe a little bit more,” said Linda Douglas, spokeswoman for the inaugural committee.

That’s more than the $42.3 million in private funds spent by President Bush’s committee in 2005 or the $33 million spent for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993.

It has been noted elsewhere, but Bush was scorned for spending that much in ’05. Here’s what the AP said (published in the NY Times):

It will take President Bush less than a minute to take the oath of office next Thursday, but before the inaugural events are over some $40 million may be spent on parades, parties and pyrotechnics.

And that doesn’t include the costs of the most intense security operation in inaugural history…

While the partying is being paid for privately, there have been some mutterings about the scale of the celebrations at a time of war and natural disaster.

Now that we’re in a time of war and in the midst of a serious recession, you’d think the press would have something to say about Obama spending nearly $200 million on his inaugural. And they do!

“Where are my tickets?”

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