Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama and HONOR

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 -according to a report made in The Guardian.

We are currently experiencing a sever recession, which could be or is the worst financial crisis since the depression. Additionally, the world has been struck with problems that have never before been so prolific and sever. Nevertheless, as bailouts span our financial sector and americans are loosing jobs and homes, President Obama will spend at least 150 million on a "party". I remeber why Ex-president Bush took office and the media (and several democratic leaders) critizied him for excessivness for example:

“Many have wondered whether, given the war and all of our security challenges right now, it’s appropriate to have a lavish and expensive inaugural celebration?”
— ABC’s Claire Shipman to Laura Bush in a taped interview shown on the January 20 Good Morning America.

“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.

If Bush's inauguration cost sufficient for 200 humvees and health treatment for 22 million children, what would Obama's inauguration do for us as a nation and the world? I suppose we could say that it could buy 610 humvees, and help over 66 million children! It is utterly ridiculous that the man of "change" would damage even further the current stress placed on the taxpayer! How ungrateful and unhonorable. Roosevelt, during his inauguration felt that it would be a dishonor to do anything "excessive" he merely served cold salad and gave a short speech! If Obama wanted to be about "Change", he would merely provide a speech and then get his ass to work. If this is going to be a example of what is to come with a democratic congress and president, then may his 4 years pass quickly and may he be kicked out of office -or impeached!


  1. Hey Riley!! Great info and great idea- however.... the world loves this man and thinks he can do NO wrong. Don't even get me started on the so called "Stimulus" package! I've got to give it to Obama- he is very charasmatic, but I'm afraid of the government running my life!

  2. Yes, you are right Tynel (It is nice to here from you how are things going?). The fear should not be so much of what the Government "might do", but rather what the people will NOT do.