So I haven’t talked politics in a long while on this blog, but I figured I’d pipe up with an opinion today – the Inauguration of President Obama for his second term.
Driving to work today and listening to the event on NPR, I was struck by how over-the-top the whole thing seemed – marching bands, bleachers and enormous parties. Sure President Obama deserves to be proud of himself. Saying, “I did it,” was a huge gesture of owning his own success. But do we really need this gargantuan celebration, which closes the capital, takes legislators away from their jobs and costs the U.S. taxpayer $170 million!
I’m saying NO. In these challenging fiscal times, I think Obama has wasted a huge opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to fiscal responsibility and hard work by trading these festivities for a private procession with his family where he his sworn in.
My message to President Obama on his inauguration:
Be proud of what you have accomplished, but cognizant of what still needs to get done.
The last thing that this government needs is another excuse to not do work.