The price tag for Tuesday's inauguration is now reported to be about 160 million., raising eyebrows and questions among some critics that perhaps modesty should be used here, considering our our current economic situation. Rest assured though, it is not all coming from government coffers. The planners deflect the critics by saying private contributions are putting a lot of money into the kitty. Just out of curiosity I pulled up a piece on the Bush inauguration in 2005 and I thought we should reflect on this as the ultimate example of double standards. Here's how the finger....on the other hand...was pointed four short years ago:
A.P. January 14, 2005 WASHINGTON — President Bush's second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?
• 200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq.
• Vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami.
• A down payment on the nation's deficit, which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year.
…......New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, suggested inaugural parties should be scaled back, citing as a precedent Roosevelt's inauguration during World War II.
"President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake," according to a letter from Weiner and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. "During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified..."
Let's ask the A.P., Weiner and McDermott how many Humvees we could buy today and how many children we could feed. Why did the A.P. hold Bush inaugural planners in contempt, but did not cite the lavishness of his successor? Also, if private contributions can help cover the costs of an inauguration, why was it a big deal when private contributions to the RNC are used to cover the cost of clothing for our Vice Presidential candidate?