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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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Asked by pagan_mama at 11:36 AM on Jan. 15, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yeah, I think it is disgusting how much this ceremony will cost..we have ppl living on the streets and childs going hungry. Where are our priorities?

    Answer by sydsmom2 at 11:40 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • Can't he pay for some of it with his leftover campaign funds? That is ridiculous!

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:43 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • how much is that in dollars?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • that makes me sick. and what all because he's the first black president??

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:50 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • 110,000,000.00 GBP = 160,385,556.44 USD

    Answer by desert_diva at 11:52 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • I don't think it has anything to do with being the first black president. He was a community organizer, he thinks he's planning a party.

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:52 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • I think this is crazy, think of all the ppl out there who don't have jobs right now and can't even get one cause the economy is so dang bad right now. How on Earth could someone spend this much on a celebration. Not that I am not glad we are getting a new president, but HELLO! We are hurting right now and all they can think about is a 600 pound cake! Who cares if all the black ties get a piece of cake, some of the ppl out here in the real world don't even have milk!!! This is crazy, We could do so much more with that money instead of dancing the night away, eating cake and drinking champagne or whatever else they are going to do.
    Somebody quick remind me why we voted for this guy!

    Answer by lovinmomto3 at 11:55 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • Let them eat cake, Indeed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • "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?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:58 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • People you need to understand that Obama is not planning is Ceremony.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Jan. 15, 2009

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