Friday, January 16, 2009

The coronation of Barack Obama

George Bush spent 50 million dollars on his inauguration. Democrats and the media complained that he was spending too much money. I agree. 50 million dollars is way too much money. This is an inauguration, not a coronation! We have presidents, not kings!

But now, in a time of war when the economy is tanking and people are losing jobs by the millions, Barack Obama is spending $150 million on his coronation and Democrats and the media seem perfectly OK with it.

The double standard is sickening.

UPDATE: Professor Ed. provided a more specific update with links:

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. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/barack-obama-inauguration-cost)

Where is the uproar from concerned citizens, such as Bush had to put up with?
Good question.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

I agree... we could have used that $100 million difference to bail out a bank or two. :)

I think the example of the faux-outrage that and Bush-hating that went on during Bush's inauguration and how it was hypocritical politicking is clear now.

As far as the coronation goes... the government is covering $49 million. The event is historic. The United States has elected it's first non-white President. We've elected a black President within 45-years of the end of segregation. This event is an opportunity for a lot of people to heal... to witness something they never thought they'd see. Honestly, $100 million (mostly paid for by the candidate) for a celebration of what should be a major step forward towards racial healing in this country is worth it.