Do we really need a second inauguration? Over $40 million has been raised in private donations to pay for the Presidents second inauguration, but that is only a drop in the bucket towards the total cost. The city of Washington D.C. is going to spend in excess of $17 million on the event, not to mention what the Federal government and surrounding states are going to kick in. The swearing in ceremony isn't even the "real" inauguration (Bush will sign the documents that legally make him President just before the public re-enactment starts). This all seems a little excessive.