[Guest post by DRJ]
The Obama Inauguration will cost at least $160 million, almost four times what George W. Bush’s 2004 Inauguration cost. According to a Congressional committee spokeswoman, anything less is unacceptable:
“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 [sic] decision to open the entire Mall to the public.”
Schlock is defined as cheap or trashy. If spending less than $160M to inaugurate Obama is cheap, God help us in the next four years.
EDIT: Note that the $160M cost of Obama’s inauguration includes security costs that are not included in Bush’s $42M inaugural but, as the link points out, Obama’s security costs are much greater than Bush’s “because of the Obama’s [sic] decision to open the entire Mall to the public.”