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bbernardini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:38 PM
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Anybody have the information about the cost of the Bush inauguration vs. that of Obama?
I know I read that for some reason, the media keeps leaving out the cost of security and transportation, making it look like Bush's inauguration cost almost $100 million less. Anybody have that info handy?
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:40 PM
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1. obama paid by contributions while bush paid for by stealing
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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:41 PM
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2. Here you go:
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 01:42 PM by InternalDialogue
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:41 PM
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3. Obama inauguration cost $170 million
.. paid for largely by banks and corporations
receiving bailout money.

Info courtesy of Amy Goodman on yesterday's
Democracy Now program.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:11 PM
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7. From Media Matters..
http://mediamatters.org/columns/200901170003

Here's why using the $160 million number and comparing it with Bush's 2005 costs represented a classic apples-and-oranges assessment: For years, the press routinely referred to the cost of presidential inaugurations by calculating how much money was spent on the swearing-in and the social activities surrounding that. The cost of the inauguration's security was virtually never factored into the final tab, as reported by the press. For instance, here's The Washington Post from January 20, 2005, addressing the Bush bash:

The $40 million does not include the cost of a web of security, including everything from 7,000 troops to volunteer police officers from far away, to some of the most sophisticated detection and protection equipment.

For decades, that represented the norm in terms of calculating inauguration costs: Federal dollars spent on security were not part of the commonly referred-to cost. (The cost of Obama's inauguration, minus the security costs? Approximately $45 million.) What's happening this year: The cost of the Obama inauguration and the cost of the security are being combined by some in order to come up with the much larger tab. Then, that number is being compared with the cost of the Bush inauguration in 2005, minus the money spent on security.

In other words, it's the unsubstantiated Obama cost of $160 million (inauguration + security) compared with the Bush cost of 42 million (inauguration, excluding security). Those are two completely different calculations being compared side-by-side, by Fox & Friends, among others, to support the phony claim that Obama's inauguration is $100 million more expensive than Bush's

...and those contributions came from employees of the financial industry...not that it matters.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:17 PM
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10. wish someone would call the msm on this bullshit the msm is putting out n/t
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:14 PM
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9. No it was $45 million
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:42 PM
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4. Here's a link
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:45 PM
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5. Bush inaugeral expense: 1 million lives, $11 Trillion, US reputation. Obama's? Hope, renewal,
commitment. :toast:
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TTUBatfan2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:49 PM
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6. Bush had...
$42.3 million in private funds and $115.5 million in taxpayer dollars (mostly for security). Total is $157.8 million. And yet the media claimed $160 million for Obama was 4 times the amount of Bush's. That's because they left out the taxpayer money being spent on Bush's. Completely misleading.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:12 PM
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8. Yeah, the two Dubya inaugurations cost us 8 years of misery, loss of rights, loss of respect, ...
an unjust war, and an economic meltdown.
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