Tomorrow is the inauguration of President Bush. He is spending upwards of $25.5 million in donations – but is reaching for a donation goal of $40 million. Bleacher seats will run you about $100,000. For those who had more money than God and gave the man $100,000 or $250,000 will have the pleasure of attending a candlelight dinner. Amazingly enough, the Bushies are allowing 2,000 anti-Bush protestors to be “in the vicinity” of the ceremony.
Here is just some of the mind-boggling gluttony and material excess that will take place tomorrow. It makes me sick when this man can gather $20-$40 million in the blink of an eye for chocolates and crème brulee. While he is dancing away at any number of 9 official inauguration balls, there are children and adults that will be cold and hungry in the alleyways:
By the numbers:
- 55,000, people expected to attend the nine official inaugural balls.
- 300, number of horses in the inaugural parade.
- 120 minutes, duration of the parade.
- 100, gallons of red, white and blue popcorn being supplied for the inauguration.
- 36, high temperature forecast for inauguration day.
- 2, miles of the parade route.
Inaugural luncheon menu for President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, dignitaries and members of Congress at the Capitol Thursday:
First course: Scalloped crab and lobster
Second course: Roasted Missouri quail with chestnuts and brined root vegetable
Third course: Steamed lemon pudding and apple wild cherry compote
The china will feature a woodland design set on amber-colored, pressed velvet tablecloths. The table centerpieces will be a unique arrangement of berries, leaves and roses.
The goodies include:
- 1,000 thousand pounds of chocolate for such confections as chocolate cowboy boots, chocolate elephants, chocolate sculptures and white chocolate medallions bearing the presidential seal;
- Crème brulee, with a sugar coating heated by hand with a blowtorch;
- Sugar-crusted yellow rose petals, dipped in chocolate.
- Jelly candies that actually taste like roses, the Associated Press can confirm.
Source: Associated Press
I realize that every President goes over-board with these things, yet it never fails to sicken me how any leader of a country can think nothing of spending so much money on an entire day of parties when there are such gigantic deficits and funding issues. $20 million could keep a whole slew of schools open when every day more and more schools are forced to close down for lack of funding instead of providing, for example, 100 gallons of popcorn.
Some are planning boisterous protests with signs and banners while others are planning silent protests by way of wearing black armbands on one of their arms. Some are planning on protesting Bush by turning their backs on him – literally. There is a movement to turn around and put their backs towards Bush as his motorcade rolls by.
Most people, the 48% who didn’t vote for Bush, are calling tomorrow Black Thursday because it officially marks the beginning of a new term and another four years of being represented by who many feel to be the worst president ever.
Anyone planning anything by way of protests tomorrow, silent or otherwise?