Few people would argue against celebrating the nationâ??s first black president. Still, is Obama sending the right message at a time when the country faces so many serious problems?
Earlier this month, Gov. Mitch Daniels downsized his inauguration in recognition the state is suffering from the recession and has serious work to accomplish.
And in 2004 Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora turned down her $150,000 inauguration and put the money toward scholarships for 25 high school students.
Should Obama have taken cues from these Hoosiers?