Hoosier lessons for Obama

January 20, 2009
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Some people went ballistic when $40 million was spent on George W. Bushâ??s inauguration in 2001, and now $120 million is going toward Barack Obamaâ??s inauguration festivities today â?? much of it donated, of course.

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?
  • I have to ask, What is this money being spent on? Where is this money coming from? Where is the money going to? Granted, $120 Million is a lot, but if we don't know where it is coming from and where it is going to, then numbers mean nothing. Norm, can you give us the list of where the money is coming from and going to?
  • Sorry, Random, I don't have the numbers. It would be great information to know.
  • Are you kidding? But for the adverse public reaction, wasn't our governor planning to jet down to BSU's football game in Alabama a few weeks ago on the taxpayer's tab? He ultimately bailed entirely, citing bad weather. His TV campaign ads provided sufficient pomp and circumstance anyway.
  • No one would dare put a crimp in the Obama Immaculation!
  • so now we have a problem with how people donate or spend their money? it seems some have a problem with how much was donated relative to what was donated to someone else. with all the money the oil companies and haliburton made during bush's 8 yrs you would figure they could have pooped $120 million and not missed it.
  • Yeah, the economy sucks, but there are still A LOT of really wealthy people in this country. If they choose to donate a million bucks to Obama's inauguration, good for them! When is the last time we saw that kind of reverence for a leader in this country? It's refreshing.
  • I guess that even though we are not informed where the donations are coming from and where it is going to, I am not making a snap decision on spending regulations until we have more solid figures. If this is truely (as G$ says) donator paying for it, then good. Spend... Spend away. If it is at the hand of the tax payers (even a little bit), I say Tisk, Tisk.

    Don't get me wrong, I support Obama for what he is worth, but we, as the US Tax Payers, shall not forcibly pay for a few days of entertainment of a few when our economy is in dire need of repair. If you want to throw your money any which direction, it should be upto you (with legal reason). I just hope that the $120 mill is of donations and out of pocket of those who attend.

    On a different note, Jo Ann Gora did what she felt was right. It is a great idea, but we should not deny someone a party because the economy is in terrible shape (unless the money is tax money). Once there is a pool of donated money, who is it to say where it goes? If there is no legal binding contract, it is upto the one with the checkbook to the bank account of the donated money.
  • Cheap shot Norm. Unless you have the facts, as you stated you didn't, why even drop this article on your blog? Trying to stir up news where it really doesn't exist? Rich ladies buy $1000 boots all the time, is it our business? Rich guys buy Ferraris, is it our business? Of course not.

    Let me ask you this: What is the source of your $120m figure, and why would you make this into something when there really is no meat to the story?


    and the fact that berwickguy is against it, makes me FOR it. :lol: -
  • wow. been a while norm. evidently nothing to report on my questions?


    its ok, its just the IBJ..... ;)

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