At 160 m dollars, Obama’’s inauguration to be the most expensive everJanuary 14th, 2009 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan.14 (ANI): Barack Obama will take less than a minute to recite the oath of office to certify his taking over as the 44th President of the United States.
What many wont know is that this landmark event is going to cost the US Tresury a record 160 million dollars.
Obamas inaugural committee is in the midst of raising roughly 45 million dollars in private funds, exceeding the 42.3 million dollars President Bush spent in 2005. In 1993, Clinton spent 33 million dollars when Democrats returned to the White House for the first time in 12 years.
As in previous years, the costs borne by the taxpayers, for security and emergency medical services, far surpasses the privately funded events.
According to CBS, the federal government has budgeted 49 million dollars for this years inauguration, more than triple what taxpayers spent at Bushs first inauguration in 2001, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
Earlier this year, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and the Washington transit authority sent a request to federal lawmakers for more than 75 million dollars to cover a variety of inaugural costs ranging from security to transportation.
Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which oversees the events at the Capitol, said this years budget of 1.24 million dollars is 10,000 dollars less than 2005.
Linda Douglass, a spokeswoman for the Obamas inaugural committee, said the committees expenses will be greater than previous years because of Obamas commitment to make the event as open and accessible as possible to the public.
She ticked off a slew of expenses, most notably the decision to open up the entire length of the National Mall and provide video and audio access to the swearing-in ceremony on JumboTrons.
The committee is also sponsoring a childrens concert and is allocating 700,000 dollars to the Smithsonian Institution for extended museum hours.
At least two million people are expected at the swearing-in and parade next Tuesday. Officials estimate 10,000 charters buses will arrive in Washington with roughly 500,000 riders alone. (ANI)
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