When President Bush had his second inauguration party, the amount of money raised was about $42 million. because of the amount of people involved, the city of Washington DC had to foot a bill of around $17 million.
The democrats were out in force, screaming that it was too much. Bush should send money to aide the Tsunami victims in Asia. Congressmen even wrote letters to the president:
REP. WEINER’S LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH ASKING THAT INAUGURAL FUNDS BE USED FOR THE TROOPS
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
The festivities surrounding your inauguration later this month are slated to cost $40 million – making this the most expensive inauguration in history. I urge you to re-direct those funds towards a use more fitting to these sober times – bonuses or equipment for our troops.
Precedent suggests that inaugural festivities should be muted – if not canceled – in wartime. In the midst of 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. During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified.
Furthermore, $40 million could provide substantial support for our troops overseas. For example, we could buy armor for 690 unarmored humvees or provide a $290 bonus for each member of the armed services station in Iraq.
Please re-direct all the funds raised for the inauguration to our brave men and women in uniform.
So now that Obama is taking personal donations of up to $50,000 dollars, that the city of Washington DC is having to bring in over 4,000 additional police to help with security, with the city expecting to foot a bill of some $50 million dollars, where are all of the political activists?
Is it because, maybe, that it did not matter WHAT President Bush did it was wrong? Is it because orgiastic excess is only good when YOUR guy wins? Is it maybe that everyone cares not, for it is The One who is ascending to the throne?
What happened to the hurting American who cannot pay their mortgages? What happened to the Mumbai people who were slaughtered like lambs this week? Why are we not taking all of the donations and sending the money to them?
I guess this is what Change means. Minds change based on what suits their need.
The revolution is at hand. Will you be a leader or a follower?