Do we really need a second inauguration?

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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.
 
#2
Corp, hate to be rude but you lot voted him in.Didn't like Kerry much either but thought he was better than Dubya.May be its just an office party where the planning got out of hand to celebtate him winning!
 
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patchemup said:
Corp, hate to be rude but you lot voted him in.Didn't like Kerry much either but thought he was better than Dubya.May be its just an office party where the planning got out of hand to celebtate him winning!
What does that have to do with my original question? :?

Let me put it another way: Does any two term President really need to have a full blown inauguration at the beginning of his second term? I think not.
 
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Corporal said:
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.
Well considering that the first inauguration was done on the quick and cheap, cause of the voting snafu in our great state; I find it OK to have a big shindig...and what the hell is $17M when compared to other thing. :roll:
 
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Corporal said:
ctauch said:
...and what the hell is $17M when compared to other thing. :roll:
To the city of Washington D.C., which you know has better things to worry about, it's a hugh strain on their budget.
Maybe their mayor needs to cut back on his hooker and crack consumption. 8O

Seriously, the strain is not that great it is blown way out of proportion and the media would not be making any hay of this were it a democrat. They had no problem with Billary throwing a huge shindig on his second inauguration. The media still hasn't gotten over the fact that Bush won, and anything they can do to make him look bad they will. Besides only happens once every four years.
 
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ctauch said:
Seriously, the strain is not that great it is blown way out of proportion and the media would not be making any hay of this were it a democrat. They had no problem with Billary throwing a huge shindig on his second inauguration. The media still hasn't gotten over the fact that Bush won, and anything they can do to make him look bad they will. Besides only happens once every four years.
You are missing my point. I don't care which President we are talking about, does a second term President need a full blown inauguration? I think it is a waste of time and money and should be cut was back. If Bush (or any President) wants to have a second shindig, let them pay for it out of thier own pocket.
 
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So no public swearing in ceremony? 2nd term president goes to Capitol Hill, they find an office or broom closet he takes the oath and that's it? No parade, no dignataries, nothing he get's sworn in and that's it?

Just trying to understand the point, since the majority of expenses in question...the $17M, is for security surrounding the swearing in, and subsequent parade. The balls and gala's are paid for with donations and ticket sales and are funded by the $40M in donations you quoted in the first post.

Look it was not to long ago that the press [print and tv] were bemoaning the fact that Dubya was a dullard, didn't throw parties, state dinners, etc...and as such DC was becoming a boring town for socialites. Now a party is being thrown and there bemoaning at what it will cost, and failing to note that the cost incurred to the City State and Fed is for security and not for beer and chips.
 
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ctauch said:
So no public swearing in ceremony? 2nd term president goes to Capitol Hill, they find an office or broom closet he takes the oath and that's it? No parade, no dignataries, nothing he get's sworn in and that's it?
Exactly!! :D They can televise it, if he wants. :wink:

It just seems like a waste of money. Let him do whatever he likes, so long as it is on his own dime.
 
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absolute waste of tax payers money, ok the parties themselves are mostly funded by arrse kissing donations but the security side of it (?$17 million) is coming from your tax dollars.
and you lot wont even get a drink out of it!! disgraceful!!
 
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Filbert Fox said:
absolute waste of tax payers money, ok the parties themselves are mostly funded by arrse kissing donations but the security side of it (?$17 million) is coming from your tax dollars.
and you lot wont even get a drink out of it!! disgraceful!!
Ah yes but that is what the taxes are for in the first place, security and defence.

So corp when do we start? Next election, or the one after that why just the second term why not both terms?
 
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ctauch said:
So corp when do we start? Next election, or the one after that why just the second term why not both terms?
Start next election. New President? Here's your inauguration, sky's the limit. Get re-elected? Do what you want, but it's on your own dime.

I understand the ceremony behind the inauguration, just one per customer, please.
 
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I believe that when Mr. Fox said "tiny minority", he was referring to the number of people that would actually attend the events connected to the inauguration.

Good website, lots of info.
 
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Oh...I thought he ment who might 'give a buck' (so to speak)...

~300,000,000 (of 'us') / `$40,000,000 = < ~ $1 USD per capita

THINK OF IT!!

Less than the cost of 'one' can of spam!!


:p [/u]
 
#17
Sounds like typical democrapic sour grapes to me. What's good enough for old Wild Bill Blow-Job Clinton, ain't allowed for Dubya? gimmie a break.

Everyone bemoaning millions of dollars spent on this and that.......Most of the cost of this gala affair is going to provide security. And understandably so. What a tempting target.

I say, spend whats needed, have a good time, and once it's over, get to frigging work on fullfilling all the promises made.

And bout the strain on the city of Washington DC's budget.....so what? That goes along with being Washington DC. In other words....tough shit. Suck it up...(most washingtonians are good at that considering the amount of cocaine sold there) Could care less. Besides, they get most of thier funding right from congress anyway.
 
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The Feds will end up paying for the security in the end, they always do. DC always moans and groans but they get their money, and then some.

Yes, I think the Presidential Inauguration is worth it, even if it's the same President being sworn in.

Each Presidential Inauguration is a celebration of Democracy.
 
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Yes, I think we do. Second or in FDR's case, third and fourth.

I am a big fan of ceremony, and think it is important for the country. As to DC (or as it was formerly known Washington City), it EXISTS solely to be the seat of Government. Little late to start complaining about the inconvenience now.

What burned me up was that there wasn't any one broadcasting the parade. Political coverage had half-screen of the parade in the background, but who and what we were seeing didn't concern anyone. :evil:

Frankly, there were supposed to be a couple of hundred horses -- Who, where? Saw the marching bands, but didn't get to hear them play. !@#$% Media.
 
#20
I must agree with it being a waste of money. As one of the working poor, I feel a short & sweet ceremony -- televised from the Oval Office -- would have sufficed. And that's with any two-term President, not just GWB.

They could have taken that USD 40+ million, and distributed it. A fiver to me, and I could've gone down pub for a swift pint! 8)

"Joo no wha Ah meen?" :lol:
 

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