Second thoughts on pomp & circumstance

I’m a fan of presidential inaugurations. I think the pageantry is a great part of our heritage, and even asked at home last week why the kids didn’t have a day off from school on Tuesday so they could watch how our country operates on TV. No matter who’s taking office, I think that’s the kind of thing kids oughtta be able to see.

Then just now, I was reading this article on Politico, and started having second thoughts. Not about the pageantry and the value for kids to see an inauguration, but about the timing and circumstance of this particular inauguration. Consider:

If Obama were “serious” about changing Washington, DeLay said, “He would announce to the world: ‘We are in crisis, we are at war, people are losing jobs; we are not going to have this party. Instead, I’m going to get sworn in at the White House. I’m going to have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million.'”

Frankly, he has a point. Do we need all the excess at this point?

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