Inauguration Costs – Obama vs Bush (2005)

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.

Happy Reading!

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