Eric Boehlert wrote an extensive column in which he dissects the cost of Obama’s inauguration versus Bush’s inauguration, specifically 2005, thanks to misrepresentation by Tamrin Hall at MSNBC. I say it doesn’t really matter since the Bush presidency has been such a ball-buster, as the saying goes, with at least one report placing the entire cost at 11.8 trillion – so fuck that shit of whose inauguration cost more. As commenter (Paul J.) wrote:
“Total cost of Bush Presidency $11.5 trillion. Value received from Bush Presidency? Worthless.”
As Boehlert says:
You read that correctly. The federal government spent $115 million dollars for the 2005 inauguration. Keep in mind, that $115 million price tag was separate from the money Bush backers bundled to put on the inauguration festivities. For that, they raised $42 million. So the bottom line for Bush’s 2005 inauguration, including the cost of security? That’s right, $157 million.
And you just know that anyone who could take a $237 million surplus (give/take some a few millions) and turn into a 3-10 trillion dollar deficit is going to get his share of shit-kicking editorials. We’ll start with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
President Bush leaves more than the Oval Office to Barack Obama on Tuesday. He leaves a virtual train wreck.