Much has been said in the news in recent days about the elegance of President-Elect Barack Obama's Inaguration celebration. Estimates have placed a price tag of more than $150 million on the ceremony for the first African-American president-elect in the history of the United States. Some might argue that a grandiose celebration is necessary for such a historic moment. While the moment does need to be cherished and remembered, the irrational spending of money on the festivities is irresponsible. The excess sends a terrible message about the direction of Obama's presidency. Instead of spending the Inaguration funding on itself to create an extravagantly powerful image, Obama's administration should have petitioned to keep costs at a minimum.
I feel like, as a culture, we are steadily spinning in an endless cycle of consumerism, where money is the essence of dreams, thoughts and lives. Barack Obama's message of change and an America that is a leader for the betterment of the entire world is rendered hollow when he arrives at his Inauguration ceremony in a "cool-looking custom Cadillac limo." Really, who should care what damn car Obama rides in? Who should care what pair of glasses Sarah Palin wears or which tie looks better on McCain? It's all bullshit, and I'm tired of it. I wonder if the anyone in the entire Obama administration comprehends how much $150 million could help fight water-borne disease and hunger in Zimbabwe or hunger and homelessness in the United States. Probably not.
Some members of the Presidential Inauguration Committee have tried to rationalize the situation by downplaying the amount of money that is being used. I don't care what the funds are being used for. The numbers speak for themselves. I voted for and continue to support the Obama administration, but they need to get their act together. We all need to realize what is important in achieving life, liberty and pursuing happiness; the supposed ideals of America the Great.