The cost of the Presidential Inauguration

Carol discusses with callers the cost of the President’s inauguration, and solutions in order to be more responsible about spending so much money on the event.


The crowd builds for the ceremonial inauguration of President Obama at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Alex Garcia/ Chicago Tribune)


18 Comments to “The cost of the Presidential Inauguration”

    Cindy Sue Truman said:
    January 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    ✥ ✥ ✥ I think a second Presidential Inauguration, with all of the glit and glam is totally absurd. Our country has lost the triple A money rating. We are in debt in the trillions of dollars. People are loosing their homes, savings and retirement. Jobs are very hard to find. There are issues about guns. Issues about homeland security, military spending cuts and issues to get business companies to stay in the USA and not out source jobs and dollars to other countries. Pres. Obama had 1 full glit and glam for his first inauguration. Not just Pres. Obama but any president that gets elected to a second term should have a simple ceremony, with a wave of the hand from the steps of the White House. The price of the 2009 Inauguration for Pres. Obama was 170 Million dollars, this year it is expected to top at 1,237 Million. I am now speechless and very sad. All I can say is WOW. ❤

    JANET said:
    January 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Cindy's comment on the Presidential inauguration was absolutely correct and I agree How absurd and sad that our President has no conscious or love of our country to spend….spend…..spend… spend…
    and bring our country down….
    Any president that gets elected a second term should have a simple ceremony and not spend 170 million dollars of taxpayers money that probably did not even vote for him.

    Allyson said:
    January 22, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Only a portion of it is "taxpayer money," and who can win this argument? He's a socialist anti-American mind controller with no respect for American traditions, destroying the hope and economy of all who rely on the big boost of income every four years for the expected inaugurations if he doesn't – He's a wasteful spender that no one likes if he does…. Hate on, you will always find a reason.

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