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I'm Headed to Washington For the Inauguration! Are You?

I'm Headed to Washington For the Inauguration! Are You?

The crowds are supposed to be epic and the temperatures cold, but that's not stopping me from hopping on a plane to DC to witness history in the making! I'm plan on checking out the concert at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow, participating in the national day of service, and joining everyday Americans to celebrate the new president! And of course, I'm bringing you all along for the ride.

So what about you? Are you one of the millions of people headed to Washington to be a part of Barack Obama's inauguration?


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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Good point City Girl. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Good point City Girl. :)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
Hainan57, it's simple: 4 million people weren't showing up to watch Bush sworn in. With such large attendance, the PIC needs to spend a greater amount of money to ensure that the entire process goes smoothly, and is organized and secured down to every minute detail. It's proportional.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
ksc, I wonder what you would have said or what you did say 4 years ago when people were bashing Bush for the same thing and there was no recession then. What about 8 years ago? Why the media bias?
em1282 em1282 7 years
The word "balls" always makes me laugh. Just sayin'.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
It's not like Obama is just burning up the money that was spent on the inauguration. He's helping to support police officers and security personnel. He's helping to support the guys who transport and rent all those porta-potties. He's helping to support the people who make and sell balloons and fireworks. He's supporting the people that install and operate all those jumbo screens on the mall. He's helping to stimulate economy by putting people to work, however temporary that work may be.I hate it when people just classify spending as inappropriate in a tough economy. If no one spends any money on anything, then no one will have jobs any more. Jeez.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
It's not like Obama is just burning up the money that was spent on the inauguration. He's helping to support police officers and security personnel. He's helping to support the guys who transport and rent all those porta-potties. He's helping to support the people who make and sell balloons and fireworks. He's supporting the people that install and operate all those jumbo screens on the mall. He's helping to stimulate economy by putting people to work, however temporary that work may be. I hate it when people just classify spending as inappropriate in a tough economy. If no one spends any money on anything, then no one will have jobs any more. Jeez.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
First of all, I never said cancel all of the inauguration festivities. But Clinton on used 30 million on his. Obamas will be costing around 145 mil. And No not only donations foot the bill for that. Congress had already approved 15 mil for increased security measures, due to crowds. And Bush declared a state of emergency in Washington so they can free up more money since it is not just balls and the actual inauguration. So many events and they need a lot more security. It is overboard. That's what I meant by hoopla. And I am sorry, the difference of $145 mil and 30 mil is staggering. It could have made a huge difference in a lot of peoples lives. I am just saying, I would have been rather impressed if he did the fund raising and said that half of what he raised would be going to people who have been laid off or foreclosed on. My thing is this, as a government, Obama thinks we should share the wealth, right? I really have a hard time seeing how some one can accept so much praise towards himself and be slathered with events etc at this moment in time. And I think it is awesome he is trying to get people to volunteer today. Thank you Barack.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
First of all, I never said cancel all of the inauguration festivities. But Clinton on used 30 million on his. Obamas will be costing around 145 mil. And No not only donations foot the bill for that. Congress had already approved 15 mil for increased security measures, due to crowds. And Bush declared a state of emergency in Washington so they can free up more money since it is not just balls and the actual inauguration. So many events and they need a lot more security. It is overboard. That's what I meant by hoopla. And I am sorry, the difference of $145 mil and 30 mil is staggering. It could have made a huge difference in a lot of peoples lives. I am just saying, I would have been rather impressed if he did the fund raising and said that half of what he raised would be going to people who have been laid off or foreclosed on. My thing is this, as a government, Obama thinks we should share the wealth, right? I really have a hard time seeing how some one can accept so much praise towards himself and be slathered with events etc at this moment in time. And I think it is awesome he is trying to get people to volunteer today. Thank you Barack.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Pop: :notworthy:
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Pop: :notworthy:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
It's just so shallow of the American people to care about such a momentous event in our nation's history. Yeah, I totally get that. :OY:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
It's just so shallow of the American people to care about such a momentous event in our nation's history. Yeah, I totally get that.:OY:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
"Sure it's history but it's also pathetic. It's a big show at how shallow the American public is. This is something to be ashamed of, not proud of." I think that's a ridiculous statement. And since I'm too tired to formulate a good retort, I'll just agree with Pop. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
"Sure it's history but it's also pathetic. It's a big show at how shallow the American public is. This is something to be ashamed of, not proud of."I think that's a ridiculous statement. And since I'm too tired to formulate a good retort, I'll just agree with Pop. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Well said, Pop.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Well said, Pop.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
why it's important, not "what". Oops.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
It's a logical fallacy to assume that just because a few million people can travel long distances that no one can complain about the economy. Let's say that 4 million people attend and that are 250 million in the United States. What about the other 246 million?And as for setting an example, I don't think it would have been a popular move to be the first president to cancel the inauguration and parties due to the economy. Obama and company fundraised to pay for it and if people are willing ot put their money towards it, what business is it of anyone else's?And finally, also in re: to setting an example. I think it's fantastic that he's encouraging everyone who has the day off tomorrow (or not) to volunteer in their community. Anyway, obviously not everyone is excited about his impending presidency and that's fine. And you don't have to understand what it's important to everyone else. I guess it's just interesting that people can't see what this might mean to blacks in the US. It sort of shows a lack of ability to empathize with others, imo.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
It's a logical fallacy to assume that just because a few million people can travel long distances that no one can complain about the economy. Let's say that 4 million people attend and that are 250 million in the United States. What about the other 246 million? And as for setting an example, I don't think it would have been a popular move to be the first president to cancel the inauguration and parties due to the economy. Obama and company fundraised to pay for it and if people are willing ot put their money towards it, what business is it of anyone else's? And finally, also in re: to setting an example. I think it's fantastic that he's encouraging everyone who has the day off tomorrow (or not) to volunteer in their community. Anyway, obviously not everyone is excited about his impending presidency and that's fine. And you don't have to understand what it's important to everyone else. I guess it's just interesting that people can't see what this might mean to blacks in the US. It sort of shows a lack of ability to empathize with others, imo.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I don't think it is about her candidate not winning. I have heard many say that, although a historic moment, some feel as though it shouldn't be celebrated because that still shows that color does matter. I really don't understand all of the hoopla surrounding it and wish that Obama would have kept it small for the economy sake and environment sake. He should have set an example that now is not the time to party, we have a lot of work to do for our economy. And as long as people have enough money to travel thousands of miles and pay exorbitant prices to stay and play in DC, I really don't care to hear the woes about the economy, from people, or from Obama. With that said, I hope anyone going there has a great time, stays safe, and hopefully the extravagance of this transition of powers does not negatively affect our economy.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
kh61582 what a horrible comment. I understand your bitter because your candidate didn't win but it's not right to say things like that. I hope the people who are going will have fun and take pictures!! I was just telling my hubby that if we didn't have kids we'd totally be there!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
kh61582 what a horrible comment.I understand your bitter because your candidate didn't win but it's not right to say things like that. I hope the people who are going will have fun and take pictures!!I was just telling my hubby that if we didn't have kids we'd totally be there!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I wish I could be there, or at least watch it from the comfort of my home. I don't think there are any TVs in my office, and watching streaming video is forbidden, so I'll have to record the ceremony and watch it when I get home from work.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
I leave in a couple of hours and I can't wait. I hate crowds, but this is worth it!
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