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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:07 AM

Report: Obama Considering Corporate Funding For Inauguration

Source: TPM



ERIC LACH 9:31 AM EST, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2012

Advisers to President Barack Obama have urged the White House to accept corporate donations for Obama's upcoming inauguration, The Wall Street Journal reports. From the paper:

People involved in his re-election campaign said White House staff and campaign advisers have been debating whether to accept corporate money to stage the events but haven't made a final decision.

Obama barred corporations from giving to his first inauguration in 2009, and ended up raising $50 million to cover the costs of the celebrations.

The upcoming inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-obama-considering-corporate-funding-for-inauguration

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Reply Report: Obama Considering Corporate Funding For Inauguration (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
Enrique Nov 2012 #1
MjolnirTime Nov 2012 #2
woo me with science Nov 2012 #4
Viva_La_Revolution Nov 2012 #13
DeSwiss Nov 2012 #34
Renew Deal Nov 2012 #3
Politicub Nov 2012 #5
KoKo Nov 2012 #10
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #17
ileus Nov 2012 #6
frazzled Nov 2012 #12
Hekate Nov 2012 #54
RC Nov 2012 #14
Bluenorthwest Nov 2012 #7
KoKo Nov 2012 #9
Ztolkins Nov 2012 #24
MjolnirTime Nov 2012 #59
heaven05 Nov 2012 #8
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #26
heaven05 Nov 2012 #38
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #39
heaven05 Nov 2012 #52
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #11
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #51
Berlum Nov 2012 #15
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #16
Myrina Nov 2012 #19
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #23
loyalsister Nov 2012 #60
Nihil Nov 2012 #61
loyalsister Nov 2012 #62
JoeyT Nov 2012 #31
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #37
olddad56 Nov 2012 #18
Cal Carpenter Nov 2012 #20
DhhD Nov 2012 #21
hughee99 Nov 2012 #22
msongs Nov 2012 #25
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #28
KoKo Nov 2012 #33
FrodosPet Nov 2012 #42
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #49
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #48
Bad_Ronald Nov 2012 #27
robinlynne Nov 2012 #29
Amonester Nov 2012 #47
Smilo Nov 2012 #30
DeSwiss Nov 2012 #36
wordpix Nov 2012 #57
MindPilot Nov 2012 #58
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #32
underthematrix Nov 2012 #40
FrodosPet Nov 2012 #43
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #45
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #46
DeSwiss Nov 2012 #35
nolabels Nov 2012 #55
underthematrix Nov 2012 #41
wordpix Nov 2012 #44
mrf901 Nov 2012 #50
olddad56 Nov 2012 #53
wordpix Nov 2012 #56
Kablooie Nov 2012 #63

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:11 AM

1. would those advisers get a cut?

then it makes a lot of sense that they would urge it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:12 AM

2. Is this really the best you can do?

 

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Response to MjolnirTime (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:30 AM

4. The OP didn't write the article,

but it's interesting that you snarl at the poster of this information.

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Response to MjolnirTime (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:07 AM

13. be polite or go away. nt

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Response to MjolnirTime (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:13 PM

34. :-/





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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:19 AM

3. The Tostitos-Cisco-Kraft Mac n Cheese Inauguration brought to you by Walmart

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:32 AM

5. Ah, yes. The WSJ's favorite source - "people involved in his re-election campaign"

Such bullshit. I'm surprised TPM is giving this "news" a bounce.

Actually, it's not so surprising. Approved TPM posters have been posting a lot of sensationalized news these days. The site could really use the DU Jury system!

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Response to Politicub (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:53 AM

10. If TPM has put it out then they have another source. n/t

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Response to KoKo (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:38 AM

17. If you READ the OP it clearly shows WSJ as the source

for TPM's info.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:33 AM

6. Saves tax dollars to be used elsewhere....I say go for it.

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Response to ileus (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:06 AM

12. Only the swearing-in ceremony uses government funds (tax dollars)

All the other festivities—parades, balls—are privately funded.

Corporate dollars have always gone into these events. Obama was different for NOT taking them last time.
I'm wondering if they're thinking that small and even not-so-small donors are totally tapped out from the election.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:52 PM

54. I don't know about others but I feel tapped out vis a vis donations

President Obama has proven to be an upright guy -- if corporations want to donate for the festivities, Obama is unlikely to be corrupted by it. I say, go for it.

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Response to ileus (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:14 AM

14. So you are for privatizing then?

 

Profits?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:34 AM

7. I doubt I'll watch, after the last one with Rick 'gays are pedophiles' Warren being

honored days after he spewed all that hate I swore I'd not bother with these dunderheaded backward ass political nincompoops with their ceremonies of bigotry again. It is not an event which welcomes all of the people, only some of the people. The last one was designed to exclude millions of Americans.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:52 AM

9. Could be a Trial Baloon by some few in the administration. Hope that there's backlash

over this. It wouldn't be a good start to the next four years.

Just as our sports stadiums are now named after Corporate Sponsors (while tax payers mostly foot the bill by paying for the bonds in their local communities, it would be sad to see "Halliburton, or Lockheed-Martin or any other MIC or Corporate sponsor taking out ads during the Inaugural to promote: "This Inauguration is Brought to You by the fine people of ______."

Truly hope it's the just the WSJ and some moles in the WH Staff making mischief.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:37 PM

24. You should start the backlash...

That was the whole point of Obama's campaign. Being/getting engaged

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:35 AM

59. Did someone not get the President they wanted for Christmas? Boo-hoo

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:44 AM

8. his

advisers have always given me cause to wonder. Once they get power, they compromise on important issues too easily. It's important to stem the tide of corporate fascist power, now!

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:58 PM

26. Well, at least this time Rahm is busy elsewhere.

Busting unions & privatizing education in Chicago.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:36 PM

38. 10-4

on that. Never liked him, fuse was way too short for the job he had to handle for the POTUS.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #38)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:41 PM

39. It wasn't just his short fuze that was a problem.

Us liberal retards aren't too impressed with his Neocon credentials either.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #39)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:21 AM

52. 10-4

on that also.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:05 AM

11. These kinds of stories drive me up the wall

an anonymously sourced, chock full of speculation about what the Administration might be considering doing. Usually turns out to be not true. But some people fall for it hook, line and sinker.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:35 AM

51. AND it's a Wall Street Journal piece. I'm no longer surprised TPM is using

unsubstantiated bunk like that to make the president look as bought as a Republican. TPM has had a bit of a change of heart regarding the president these last couple of years. I guess the bottom line is less fat when there isn't a Republican in the WH.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:18 AM

15. No no no no no no no no

no

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:33 AM

16. This inauguration brought to you by:

bp
Raytheon
Chesapeake Energy
General Dynamics
Goldman Sachs
AT&T
Blackwater/Xe/Academi
TransCanada

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:46 AM

19. Exactly... and what would they expect in return?

"Hey we threw you a kick ass party, and made sure all the right celebrities were invited ... sooo, uh ... let us know when your Cabinet people want to talk about those offshore drilling regulations... "

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Response to Myrina (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:34 PM

23. In 2008,

Obama and Rahm were AT&T's top recipients of campaign contributions, and AT&T received retroactive immunity for domestic surveillance (after Obama promised to filibuster retroactive immunity.)

Goldman Sachs was the second largest contributer of funds to Obama's 2008 campaign, and Lloyd Blankfein continues to do "God's work."

You get the idea.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:27 PM

60. This works in the reverse

Obama doesn't give a damn about a big flashy party. These guys are getting the privilege of being associated with the inauguration. They owe him.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #60)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:33 AM

61. You definitely win the PollyAnna award for this week.

> This works in the reverse
> Obama doesn't give a damn about a big flashy party.
> These guys are getting the privilege of being associated with the inauguration.
> They owe him.



I thought that some of the other cheerleaders on this thread were funny enough
but then found the load of horse droppings in reply 60.

I see people wondering why poor red-necks still vote for the person who will happily
steal them blind, work them into the ground and then profit from their ill-health.

Then I find exactly the same kind of idiocy here, simply because the object of their
fetishism wears the same colour badge as they do ...

"They owe him"?




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Response to Nihil (Reply #61)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:08 AM

62. And for you the condescending doomsayer

It seems that there are some who compete to find the edge between absolute hater and negatively "holding the president accountable" with no imagination for positive results. If one can get a "bless your heart" insult in they view themselves as particularly clever.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:32 PM

31. Xe had to change their name?

Did they get caught butchering civilians again? That's what prompted it last time.

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #31)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:52 PM

37. I'm not sure

what the reason was this time.

Could be something like when Raytheon contracted them and they used the pseudonym Paravant, or maybe they were hoping to score another small business contract as when they used their Presidential Airlines alias.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:39 AM

18. Bad idea, something a republican would do.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

20. Well at least he is consistent



Although I suppose it would effectively be a tax increase for the corporation. Fwiw

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:52 AM

21. Pay Paul to rob Peter. (The other way around. Both a mistake.)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:52 AM

22. There's a lot of companies that gave a lot to Rmoney in this election cycle,

it's nice of the administration to give them a chance to "buy back in" before the next term starts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:47 PM

25. cancel all the parties/events except the actual swearing in ceremony. nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:03 PM

28. Make it a BYO people's party in a big park somewhere.

Everyone brings a dish to pass.

Yeah, I know, I know. Wingnuts would see it as a chance to poison off about a million Obama supporters.

Back to the drawing board.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:54 PM

33. Good point about that.

Let the celebrators pay for their own offsite festivities where Michelle and Barack and Jill and Joe can stop in and pay respects to their donors, but keep the rest simple in keeping with these times.

Average Americans are in austerity Lavish parties so people can dress up, booze it up and show if is not very cool in these times.

We taxpayers should definitely pay for the Obama & Friends special celebration at the White House but nothing lavish like the first inauguration. It's a second term swearing in ceremony and $50,Million as mentioned in article needing to be raised the last time does seem excessive.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:25 PM

42. Absolutely!

$50 Million could pay the salary and benefits for over 500 teachers for a year, instead of a bunch of politicians, bureaucrats, celebs, and other assorted snobs for one night.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #33)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:55 AM

49. See comment #12. n/t

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Response to msongs (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:53 AM

48. See comment #12. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:03 PM

27. American politics is getting as bad as professional sports.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if within a few years we start seeing congressmen & women wearing cooperate logos on their suits the way athletes do on their uniforms in some sports. Or worse, seeing the White House covered in advertisements like the outfield wall of a ballpark.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:07 PM

29. how about not spending 50 million dollars for a party.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #29)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:18 AM

47. In a twisted way, it 'helps' the economy...

which means a few 'paychecks' for modest workers down the capitalist pyramid.

In these post-Sandy hardships, chunks of that 50M could help many who need that help.

Hoping it's the case.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:42 PM

30. Why not just forego the inauguration celebrations -

have the swearing in and may be host a dinner. But enough with the millions wasted on frivolities. If corporations want to give - have them donate to charity.

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Response to Smilo (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:21 PM

36. +1000

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Response to Smilo (Reply #30)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:19 AM

57. good idea. Reelections for sure don't need inaugurations but I'm glad I went to last one

That was a great day when O took office

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Response to Smilo (Reply #30)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:59 AM

58. If corporations are so eager to "donate"...

they can donate to the American people in the form of salaries.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:38 PM

32. 2009 included nearly two million souls and cost about $ 1.5 million. We were there and

Last edited Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:00 PM - Edit history (1)

ANYONE who attended would probably tell you the same: It was worth a buck a piece. And we didn't have to pay a buck (even though we contributed more) and we didn't go to any of the galas or official parties...

We froze our butts off!
Best time EVER!
We are going again!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_inauguration_of_Barack_Obama#Crowds_and_general_ticket_holders

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/barack-obama-inauguration-cost

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #32)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:10 PM

40. My oldest sister and 3 of her friends went and said

it was awesome. I want to go so badly but I don't know how to get started. Should I do a fly and hotel package? Do they have hostels in DC for the tight budget visitor? I would love to hear more from you. your experience and the cost.

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Response to underthematrix (Reply #40)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:28 PM

43. What about donating to the needy?

If you have enough money to even think of doing this, you have enough to donate to food banks, homeless shelters, and other similar causes.

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Response to FrodosPet (Reply #43)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:27 PM

45. Not sure why you feel it's your place to tell someone else to skip the People's party and instead

donate to a food bank. I happen to think it would be pretty sad for Obama if nobody came to his historic second inauguration.
There is also nothing to keep "underthematrix" from doing both - attending AND donating.

If you want to pick on somebody for skewed priorities, why not go after the bloated Pentagon budget and all the people who support it?

A lot of us worked damn hard on this campaign, and there seems nothing wrong with a jubilant celebration.

Also many many working people in Washington benefit from all the business that massive crowds bring to the city for events like these. Jobs, remember? So there are fewer homeless and folks on food assistance.

Oh, and too bad you'll be missing the Inaugural. If the last one was any indication, it will be one for the Ages!

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Response to underthematrix (Reply #40)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:41 PM

46. You definitely should try to go! There is always a way if you really want

to be there. How about going with the help of your sisters? WHere did they stay? Stay there. SOMEone will put you up. Okay it WAS bloody cold last time, but the joy of the happy crowds was heartwarming. I hadn't seen that many jubilant people since Woodstock!
We stayed with friends who are long time government employees (Dept of Interior).

One of many fantastical moments that day was seeing Bush et al getting into their helicopter and fly AWAY as tens of thousands sang "Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

Just go!





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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:19 PM

35. K&R

''All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.'' ~Sophocles

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #35)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:37 AM

55. +1

"Wealth makes an ugly person beautiful to look on and an incoherent speech eloquent; and wealth alone can enjoy pleasure even in sickness and can conceal its miseries."

SOPHOCLES, The Sons of Aleus
http://www.notable-quotes.com/s/sophocles_quotes.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:03 PM

41. I'm OKAY with corporate money

footing cost of the inauguration because the secuirty alone will be astronomical. I think all ads should focus on the corporation's social responsibility, e.g. what are they doing to support education, specfically STEM programs in the elementary, middle and hisgh schools. What are they doing to improve the quality of life for their workers? What are they doing to enhance education through the arts and sports programs? What programs are they supporting to incease girl enrollment in STEM programs?

The only restriction I would like to see is on corporate signage - ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:22 PM

44. I went to last Inaug. & security cost the most but the other costs were peanuts

I was at the Wash Memorial watching the big screen TV with the crowd there. O was at the Capitol speaking through microphones. Not many costs there. The security was the main cost.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:59 AM

50. BP...official fuel supplier to Air Force 1. nt

 

nt

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Response to mrf901 (Reply #50)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:00 PM

53. Walmart, official furnisher of the oval office.

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Response to mrf901 (Reply #50)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:18 AM

56. See the Inaug from the AT&T Capitol to Apple Washington Monument on Halliburton National Mall

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:21 AM

63. God. Even after this election Obama is considering moving more to the right.

This and he's starting to offer Republicans what THEY want in the financial deal.
What the hell!?

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