I am not watching this weekend’s televised tarting, nor next week’s continuation of what’s already begun, and, I’m considering pulling the subscription plug from HBO for being the highest bidder — uhh, the Obama campaign (certainly he’s not Presidential in this regard, it’s still campaign conniving and finance malfeasance) says broadcasters were selected by the O-people based upon “who could provide the greatest exposure,” yet HBO, selected, came out as the highest bidder, which is hardly a coincidence .
I’m finding this whole brouhaha from D.C. to be the epitome of bad taste. It’s corruption in government (“pay-for-play” is crime, even for a not-yet-President) and just about as ugly a conglomeration of misleading propaganda as ever could be sadly imagined. As a citizen, I’ve always — always — supported our government and always will as long as the government is in-line and respectful of our Constitution and me as a member of this land.
What’s occurring at present isn’t government, it’s a social group using government (or, “public resources”) for purposes of congratulating itself and trying to pass-off this theatrical Big Week (or, perhaps, Month) Party as “government” or as representational of our nation’s government (which it isn’t unless we’ve now replaced our government with the All-Time Biggest American Idol Production Ever). The Obama-people say this entire fiasco is “a celebration of shared values” which is a preposterously vile thing to say about who and what this nation is, but the low-count perception of who and what America is as reflected in that statement is an even sadder statement about what Obama thinks of us.
The taxpayers — in these times of bleak financial conditions — are paying for this (“estimates as high as $150 million“) versus the Democrats stingy resentment from just four years ago:
In 2005, Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.
and, for comparison’s sake,
“President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. “During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified.”
When President Bush was re-elected, the costs for the celebration was estimated to be “$40 million,” which was “slammed” by Leftwing Associated Press (which opinion was echoed by the Left overall):
But the “$150 million” for this Obama-horror underway is being lauded by same and encouraged to grow more wasteful:
“For inaugural balls, go for glitz, forget economy,” a Tuesday AP headline advised.
I disagree completely with Barack Obama’s politics and certainly with his dubious beliefs but I’m capable like most citizens of honoring the elected office he or anyone else may hold. In this case, however, what’s transpiring this weekend, as has been taking place for months now, is a ghastly display of vanity, flamboyance, lack of responsibility and disregard for citizens in general: self-indulgence using the resources of others in such excessive terms as to be utterly irresponsible. Looks and sounds like gluttony.