DC's homeless people have been conveniently tucked away in "fun centers", some weird congressman from the bible belt has anointed the door which The Obama will walk through, and our nation has a collective boner. The 2009 Inagrautation is a definite go! Most of the money for this Obama-ganza is being funded privately, but there's always the need for security forces to prevent trouble. And Van Helsing points out that, ironically, the state of Maryland had to declare a "federal disaster area" for inauguration preps. From WJZ:
Maryland officials estimate preparation costs, including security personnel, will be about $12.6 million. Congressman Steny Hoyer says Maryland is excited to be so close to the festivities, but he says the state needs federal help to make up for costs associated with law enforcement, infrastructure and transportation. The delegation is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make the money available through an expedited federal disaster declaration.I may come across as the "party-pooper" who takes a dump in the closet ruining the festive ambiance, but is this really what the country needs? Admiral Mullen canceled a fancy military gala back in November due to sensitivities to the shitty economy, which shows respect for the nation's plight. I understand that people are interested in watching history happen, but couldn't Obama broadcast the oath in front of green-screen full of eagles, flags, and fireworks in our digital age. Just seems like we're a nation in collective self-delusion.