It is estimated that the Obama Inauguration is going to cost 150 Million Dollars. This is four times the cost of any other inauguration. The Bush affair cost about 40 Million. It’s a big, historic occasion and worth an extra amount, but 140 Million in these times seems a little much. He may need to ask for a bailout.
What worries me is the more than 3 million people expected for the event. I used to live in the DC area and recently visited. I don’t know where they are all going to stay or eat. When I lived there we had the anti-Viet Nam War demonstrations and that was pretty bad but nothing like this deal. It’s going to be especially bad because of the bitterly cold temperatures that are forecast. I hope it doesn’t snow and he keeps his speech short. I’m always reminded of our 9th President, William Henry Harrison, who gave a speech I &1/2 hours in length in a blizzard. It was the longest inaugural speech on record. Harrison developed pneumonia because of the exposure and died one month later. We sure don’t want that to happen to Obama.
The thing that worries me more than anything else about the Inauguration is that there are only going to be 7000 port-a potties for the more than 3 millions folks attending. That’s roughly 1 potty for every 430,000 people. That’s just not enough. There are going to be a lot of folks dancing jigs. I hope there are not a lot of thinkers in the crowd who usually take forever to defecate. That probably won’t be a problem with this crowd.
I’m sure thankful I won’t be in the cleanup squad after this thing is over. Things are bad now, but at least I’m thankful I’ll be watching the affair on TV unless there is a rerun of Gilligans Island.