Bush declares a 'state of emergency' in Washington as cost of Obama's swearing-in ceremony soars to £110m
Barack Obama's inauguration is set to cost more than £100m making it the most expensive swearing-in ceremony in US history.
The President-elect will take less than a minute to recite the oath of office in front of an estimated two million people in the US capital next week.
A president mostly uses the power to declare a state of emergency during a crisis, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster.
But it will be the US taxpayer who picks up the main part of the bill to cover security and transport costs.
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"If the extra money will come from the Federal Emergency and Management Agency budget, Stanzel said."
Ummm, let's see they extended the Bars being opened till 5am, right? Yea, I can totoally see extra security being necessary. So glad FEMA (our tax dollars)are there and ready to pick up the cost. Again, could have scaled down the events for the sake of the Nations economy, but who cares. He is about to get Congress to sign One Trillion Dollars of money WE DON'T HAVE, over to "stimulate the economy". How much will go to pay FEMA back?
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