Obama’s Most Expensive Inauguration

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President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday will be the most expensive in American history. The $150 million price tag dwarfs those of President’s Bush and President Clinton inauguration’s combined budgets. I know what you are thinking. How can such a phenomenal price tag be justified during a depression? Well it is precisely because of Obama’s star phenomena that an estimated two million people or more are descending on Washington DC, thus hiking up the cost for adequate security, transport, and Portacabins. The federal government budgeted $49 million for the inauguration, this is in line with previous inaugurations. But Virginia and Maryland have asked for more emergency funding, as has Washington DC’s transport authority. And just before President Bush left office, he declared that an “emergency exists in the District of Columbia. Well, hell yeh! Two million freezing cold men and women lining up to use the facilities is my kind of state of 
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I would suggest celebrating at home.