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Obama Inauguration Costing 3-4 Times More Than Last Big Ones; Excessive?

January 15, 2009

When does a party one throws for himself go “over the top”?

When does patriotism and a celebration of democracy and the peaceful transition of power become wasteful and indicative of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)?

We probably won’t see this discussed on “The View” or “Oprah.”

Just a guess.

Where has the term “in poor taste” gone?  When does the extravagance of the fashionistas become shameful waste and narcissism?  Even a small lapse of judgment?

What does this say to our children or grandchildren?  You’ll need extra limos for the prom from now on….

Four years ago, the Associated Press, the New York Times and others took President Bush and his supporters to task for an estimated $40 Million expenditure on inaugural events.

This year the cost will top $150 Million, some analysts say.  And the cost of security will surely be staggering.

Bill Clinton’s inauguration cost something like $33 Million

And among the mainstream media: not an iota of criticism.

Four years ago, John Tierney of the New York Times wrote that inaugurations “become even trickier during times of war, particularly when television images of dancers in black tie can be instantly juxtaposed with soldiers in body armor.”

What about now?

A spokeswoman for the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies Carole Florman said, “We are always very budget conscious. But we are sending a message to the entire world about our peaceful transition of power, and you do not want it to look like a schlock affair. It needs to be appropriate to the magnitude of events that it is.”

“For inaugural balls, go for glitz, forget economy,” a Tuesday AP headline advised yesterday.

A link to the AP article is below after a chunck:

So you’re attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable?

To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must.

“This is a time to celebrate. This is a great moment. Do not dress down. Do not wear the Washington uniform,” said Tim Gunn, a native Washingtonian and Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc.

“Just because the economy is in a downturn, it doesn’t mean that style is going to be in a downturn,” agreed Ken Downing, fashion director for Neiman Marcus.

And if anyone does raise an eyebrow at those sequins, remind them that optimism is good for times like these. “Just say you’re doing it to help the economy,” chuckled good manners guru Letitia Baldridge.

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