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Obama Inauguration 2013: Wasteful $169 Million Cost Sparks Anger

Obama Inauguration 2013: Wasteful $169 Million Cost Sparks Anger

The cost of the second Obama Inauguration is likely to exceed a cost of $100 million dollars according to The Weekly Standard. Coming at a time when financial austerity measures are necessary and Congress is arguing over the budget in order to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, President Obama is planning an extravagant, three-day inauguration ceremony that has ignited the Twittersphere with accusations of waste.

The theme for President Obama’s second term in office will be “Faith in America’s Future,” a line that pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The public inauguration date also marks 150 years since 1863, the year of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the completion of the Capitol dome. Unfortunately, America’s future is now being threatened by financial and economical woes making a party seem extravagant.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this coming Presidential Inauguration is historic because the public inauguration ceremony will be held on January 21 due to the 20th falling on Sunday. As per the US Constitution, Obama will hold a small, private swearing-in ceremony on January 20, making the public swearing-in completely for show.

How big of a show you might ask? For President Bush’s second inauguration, “the federal government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5 million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup and for a holiday for federal workers,” according to the New York Times. That’s pretty wasteful but Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 upped the ante, spending well over $125 million according to reports.

This new inauguration show will cost American taxpayers a little bit more due to festivities being extended to cover three days, but with most of the expenses being on Saturday and especially Monday. The Federal government itself plans to spend $49 million on the inaugural weekend. States nearby to Washington DC are requesting another $75 million to cover their public safety expenses.

Fortunately, the remainder of bill is not so bad since it’s helped by private donations. Still, the cost of the parties being thrown are estimated to cost a whopping $45 million by themselves. Add that all together and you got Obama wasting $169 million in a time when austerity should be shown with leading by example.

What do you think about the Federal government and the Obama administration spending $169 million on partying when the nation is in the middle of economic troubles and facing the threat of a double-dip recession?

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23 Responses to “Obama Inauguration 2013: Wasteful $169 Million Cost Sparks Anger”

  1. Bruce West

    I think you wouldn't be complaining if this were the cost for Romney's inauguration.

  2. Steve Crowell

    I can't stand Obama, but the people who spent millions and their put their futures at stake to GET hi m elected deserve a party paid for without tax money ($45 M for parties) PARTLY paid for with donations. Security costs are high for good reason. If anything happened to Obama it would be disasterous, remember who's second in succession.

  3. Margie Loughran Cochran

    U think the republicans, wouldn't't do the same? Gimme a break. Obama was the lesser of 2 evils, just ask Michigan!

  4. Anonymous

    Right! An idiot that won a second term fair and square compare to a neophyte who did not know which side of the bed he woke up on and would have cost this nation billions in tax cut then borrow it back from China. How's that for idiocy?

  5. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Why does there need to be such a big hullaballou? He's already President! I thought the same thing when it was Bush. Wasting tax dollars. Let those who wish to celebrate do so, at their own expense. Whether it's Obama, Bush or whoever………they all have money and they all have rich friends. This is the reason we have trillions of dollars in deficit………..because they continue to spend what we don't have on what we can live without.

  6. Paula Qualls Gurley

    @ammonst2……… it's just fine that they waste $125 million? That is exactly the kind of people that voted for Obama………………I hope you have lots and lots of great-grandchildren to pay these bills.

  7. Paula Qualls Gurley

    I didn't have a FB page nor did I know about the Inquisitor 8 years ago. If you had bothered to read my post, I said I thought the same thing about Bush. This is not about your messiah Obama……it's about government waste.

  8. Kimberly Ann Schussler-Hopf

    Nothing to be celebrating about here… Our country is falling apart… People are hungry and jobless… It would be o. Very bad taste to throw an expensive party! But that is what he dies best here! Spend spend spend.

  9. Jennifer Lyn Marksch

    I love President Obama, but I think spending that amount for anything for any persons celebration is just stupid. He is and most of the government is elected officials. They should just be happy they are in the place where they are. Not spending 169 million or 157.8 (GW Bush did for his 2nd). That money should not be spent for gala events, I mean we have issues going on like the Fiscal Cliff, The Farm Bill and other things, the USA needs all the money we do have. Why don't they use recycle items for these things?

  10. Ricky Brumfield

    I don't give a puke who is being sworn in, throwing 169 million dollars on this stuff at this time and making all kinds of cutbacks everywhere else and raising taxes is ridiculous!

  11. Gaimer Touchet

    She just complained about that too! It doesn't matter what president spends, they all spend OUR MONEY on these worthless ceremonies. Might as well go to a casino and throw it away, at least then you might win some money back. But, by all means, continue to play the division game by playing party lines.

  12. Gaimer Touchet

    it amazes me how people hide behind party lines. In her original statement, she complained about Bush's expenses too. You know, most us see you guys arguing the party line and know what the REAL problem is here. People who do this, I call them trained morons–they are unable to see the bigger picture.

  13. Laurel Tatsey

    It's not, it's the fact that we cannot afford this for anyone, ridiculous. Esp for a second term? I am not enjoying my tax hikes… It looks like I make good money when in all reality a lot of it doesn't go to me.

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