Associated Press: Obama hosting pricey party in a dicey economy
Unemployment is up. The stock market is down. Let's party.
The price tag for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration gala is expected to break records, with some estimates reaching as high as $150 million. Despite the bleak economy, however, Democrats who called on President George W. Bush to be frugal four years ago are issuing no such demands now that an inaugural weekend of rock concerts and star-studded parties has begun.
Obama's inaugural committee has raised more than $41 million to cover events ranging from a Philadelphia-to-Washington train ride to a megastar concert with Beyonce, U2 and Bruce Springsteen to 10 official inaugural balls. Add to that the massive costs of security and transportation — costs absorbed by U.S. taxpayers — and the historic inauguration will produce an equally historic bill.
The inauguration was a golden opportunity for the President to walk his talk. He could have proceeded with a simple inauguration and sent a clear message to the country. Talk about a missed opportunity. He would have garnered a lot of respect, even from those who did not vote for him.
But noooooo!!!! The hypocrisy and lunacy only continues in Washington, DC. I was actually going to give Mr. Obama a chance and see how it goes. Notice I haven't been very critical of him these last couple of months. But I'm off that train already, and he hasn't even been sworn in, yet!!! Friends, we are F-U-C-K-E-D!!!
With an inauguration gala of such epic proportions when all these people know how deep in shit this country is, I really have lost all respect for this government. It is on a self-destructive path. Fuck 'em all!! "Change we can believe in." Please. We're paying $150 million for these cannibalistic self-righteous government moonbats to love on each other for a few nights. That's pretty sick. Lots and lots of people are getting laid off right now. You government freaks are sending a really bad message, and it will come back to haunt you I promise.
The United States government thinks it is recession-proof. I got news for you: You're fucked, too. Just wait. That light at the end of the tunnel is a train and it's moving fast.