I'm a bit late on a Sunday evening to get the best response to this...but, gotta put it here for everyone to consider..and to react to if they want (it's what repubs say nowadays with regard to dems, okay?):
Obama Inauguration Sets Record for Private Jets
Recession? What recession?
The inauguration of Barack Obama set an all-time record for the number of pricey private jets flying into the Washington area for the festivities.
At Washington Dulles airport, up to 600 private jets landed in the days leading up to the inauguration.
That number shatters the old record of 300 private planes that the airport accommodated for President George W. Bush’s second inaugural in 2004, Bloomberg reported.
“Of course, flying private to a celebration of a populist, pro-environment president is a bit like the Detroit execs jetting to Washington for bailout money,” Robert Frank observed in the Wall Street Journal.
“How do you call for social responsibility after touching down in a $40 million, gas-guzzling Gulfstream?”
Obama’s inauguration was the most expensive in history. ABC News estimated the cost at upwards of $170 million, four times what Bush’s inauguration cost four years ago. (Yet, we keep hearing how historical these tough economic times are, second only in size and scope to the Great Depression!!!)
Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:
"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"
"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"
"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft"
"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"
"Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"
"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"
"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"