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Obama to waste $150 million on inauguration while economy crumbles

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by bigtexxx, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    :rolleyes:

    Looks like the Messiah himself plans to party it up while the rest of the US suffers under challenging economic times. What a waste of money.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/barack-obama-inauguration-cost

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

    The $150m (£102m) cost of the celebration will dwarf the amount spent on George Bush's inauguration in 2005
    Ewen MacAskill in Washington guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 14 January 2009 16.46 GMT

    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."

    Florman deals specifically with the inauguration ceremony at the Congress, which is relatively modest. The surge in spending is partly because of the Obama's decision to open the entire Mall to the public.

    The federal government has budgeted $49m for the inauguration. But this does not take account of other demands, such as from Virginia and Maryland, the states surrounding the capital, that have also asked for emergency funding.

    In addition, funding will come from Obama's own fund-raising efforts and from private contributors.

    One of the biggest costs is transport, and the Washington DC transport authority has also put in a request to the federal government for extra funding.

    Obama today issued a statement calling on people across the nation to participate by holding their own neighbourhood events, including their own balls. He acknowledged the logistical problems that will face Washington.

    "Now, you've probably heard the reports that unprecedented numbers of Americans are planning to join us in Washington. That will mean long lines, a tough time getting around, and most of all, a lot of walking on what could be a very cold winter day," Obama said.

    The presidential inaugural committee today published details of the inauguration and the days running up to it.

    On Sunday, there will be a free concert opened by Obama at the Lincoln Memorial, with songs from Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and others and historical readings by actors including Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington.

    On Monday night, there will be a children's inaugural event in Washington.

    On Tuesday, there will be the inauguration, parade led by the Obamas from Congress to the White House and a series of balls in the evening.

    The inauguration events will end on Wednesday with a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral.
     
  2. surrender

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    A new kind of hual;glalglaghjalgfhaf
     
  3. Bogey

    Bogey Contributing Member

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    Although I know it costs money and you don't want it to have the apperance of just being a kegger or something like that, but this comment made me laugh:

    "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."
     
  4. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    Exactly. You'd think with 500,000 new jobless claims a month, Barack would exercise some restraint with his inauguration party. I guess not. :rolleyes:
     
  5. pgabriel

    pgabriel Educated Negro

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    just think how many people it will put to work, great job obama, plus on serious note, some is coming from private funding, and lastly, its going to also be an historic amount of people.
     
  6. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    Let's recap the facts. Obama is throwing a $150 million dollar party. The nation is facing extremely difficult economic times.

    given a modest amount of humility and decency....

    DOES NOT COMPUTE
     
  7. pgabriel

    pgabriel Educated Negro

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    dude, didn't you used to say that the reason you weren't in Iraq is because you were helping out the economy

    bigtexxx, you've failed on your mission
     
  8. Dubious

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    It's just all part of the Party Planners bailout.

    Most of those dollars are going to American small businesses. Caterers, event staff, craftsmen , tradesmen, liquor distributors. They will pay tax on it and spend the money they make. It will be an event that reinforces the American dream and re-energizes the American people.

    Your breathless concern is, as always, laughable.
     
  9. insane man

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    texx just hates this dc stimulus package because he hates black people.
     
  10. JayZ750

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    the article links to the details of the inauguration:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/obama-inauguration-week-schedule

    Some things seem over the top (Springstein, Beyonce, etc.), but hard to imagine how all of that costs $150 million. Before deciding if the money is a waste you kind of have to know what it's being used for, whose getting it, etc.

    Certainly, though, I'd agree that it doesn't seem to make sense that Federal money is being spent on items that will predominantly only help the local economy.
     
  11. KingCheetah

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    Props to Barack for stimulating the economy -- sometimes you have to spend money to make money. When 3 million people are coming to town you need to use an appropriate amount of funds for security/ etc.
     
  12. insane man

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    um. that happens all the time.
     
  13. Rocket River

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    How much did we spent on your president's useless war this month?

    Rocket RIver
    . . .i'm just asking
     
  14. Carl Herrera

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    By the way, I was handed a flyer for the "Inauguration Party" on January 20, 2009 held by the Deja Vu Showgirls gentlemens clubs at their Southern California locations. There will be "dance specials" at these events.

    The back of the flyer advertises one of their other events, the "Pajama Party" to be held a couple weeks later, with "pillow fights."

    God bless America.
     
  15. B-Bob

    B-Bob "94-year-old self-described dreamer"

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    These points are worth highlighting. I'd also like to know if people like Bruce are accepting money for their performances. In general, would just like to see the breakdown.

    Also would like to know the attendance for Bush's inauguration. I remember the thrown produce, (which was not cool), related to the odd way he won in 2000.
     
  16. fadeaway

    fadeaway Contributing Member

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    It really costs that much for a damn ball?

    Usually I don't bother addressing bigtexx's tiring, constant stream of anti-Obama negativity, but that's pretty crazy if true. What a waste of money.
     
  17. Invisible Fan

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    I'm looking forward to the Lenovo Bush Cam, where we get to see Dubya in all his awkwardness when he thinks no one is paying attention to him.
     
  18. weslinder

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    Three richest counties in America are D.C. suburbs.

    Link
     
  19. Invisible Fan

    Invisible Fan Contributing Member

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    That's A LOT of corrupt mother****ers.
     
  20. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost Contributing Member
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    Now that Obama has won apparently its ok for Republicans to care about the economy again?

    Got it.
     

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