{OT:} Bush's Inauguration cost MORE that Obama's



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Media make false comparison of inauguration costs

Summary: Leading up to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in
ceremony, several media outlets have advanced the claim that Obama's
inauguration will cost significantly more than President Bush's 2005
inauguration. Citing "estimates" ranging from $150 million to $170
million in total costs for Obama's inaugural events, the outlets have
compared the purported total costs in 2009 to the approximately $42
million in private funds spent on Bush's 2005 inauguration. However,
these outlets omit the additional costs of security, transportation,
and other expenses incurred by federal, state, and local governments
in conjunction with the events in 2005 while including them in the
projections for the 2009 events.

Leading up to President-elect Barack Obama's January 20 swearing-in
ceremony, several media outlets have advanced the claim that Obama's
inauguration will cost significantly more than President Bush's 2005
inauguration. Citing "estimates" ranging from $150 million (MSNBC) to
$170 million (ABC News) in total costs for Obama's inaugural events,
the outlets have compared the purported total costs in 2009 to the
approximately $42 million in private funds spent on Bush's 2005
inauguration. However, as Media Matters for America has noted, these
outlets omit the additional costs of security, transportation, and
other expenses incurred by federal, state, and local governments in
conjunction with the events in 2005 -- which reportedly reached $115.5
million -- while including them in the projections for the 2009
events. Further, Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert noted that
many media outlets have failed to show any evidence to support their
estimates.

For example, MSNBC anchor David Shuster ignored the cost of
transportation and security in Bush's 2005 inauguration and provided
no source for his "estimates" when he asserted during the January 19
edition of MSNBC Live: "Some estimates put the price tag [for Obama's
inauguration] as high as $150 million. That dwarfs the record $42
million spent on President Bush's celebration in 2005." During the
segment, MSNBC presented on-screen text titled "Inauguration Price
Tag" that read, "2005: $42 million" and "2009: $150 million
(ESTIMATE)."

A January 19 ABCNews.com article headlined "What Recession? The $170
Million Inauguration" detailed the costs of the 2009 inauguration:

The actual swearing-in ceremony will cost $1.24 million, according
to Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee
on Inaugural Ceremonies.

It's the security, parties and countless Porta-a-Potty rentals
that really run up the bill.

The federal government estimates that it will spend roughly $49
million on the inaugural weekend. Washington, D.C., Virginia and
Maryland have requested another $75 million from the federal
government to help pay for their share of police, fire and medical
services.

The article's author, ABC News business writer Scott Mayerowitz,
compared the "roughly $45 million" in private funds raised by Obama's
inaugural committee to previous inaugurations' private funding:
"That's more than the $42.3 million in private funds spent by
President Bush's committee in 2005 or the $33 million spent for Bill
Clinton's first inaugural in 1993." However, in making the comparison
of privately funded costs, Mayerowitz did not compare the total cost
of Bush's 2005 inauguration -- including public funds -- despite
highlighting those expenses for Obama's inauguration.

Media Matters has noted that when the costs incurred by the federal
government and the District of Columbia are factored in, the total
cost of Bush's 2005 inauguration was reportedly around $157 million.
The Washington Post reported in January 2005 that the cost of Bush's
second inauguration, which the Post reported to be $40 million, "does
not include the cost of a web of security, including everything from
7,000 troops to volunteer police officers from far away, to some of
the most sophisticated detection and protection equipment." Further,
The New York Times reported on January 5 that in 2005, "the federal
government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5
million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup
and for a holiday for federal workers."

The ABCNews.com article was featured by the conservative website the
Drudge Report with the headline: "WHAT RECESSION? THE $170 MILLION
INAUGURATION."

Drudge

From the January 19 ABCNews.com article:

The country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since
the Great Depression, which isn't stopping rich donors and the
government from spending $170 million, or more, on the inauguration of
Barack Obama .

The actual swearing-in ceremony will cost $1.24 million, according
to Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee
on Inaugural Ceremonies.

It's the security, parties and countless Porta-a-Potty rentals
that really run up the bill.

The federal government estimates that it will spend roughly $49
million on the inaugural weekend. Washington, D.C., Virginia and
Maryland have requested another $75 million from the federal
government to help pay for their share of police, fire and medical
services.

And then there is the party bill.

"We have a budget of roughly $45 million, maybe a little bit
more," said Linda Douglas, spokeswoman for the inaugural committee.

That's more than the $42.3 million in private funds spent by
President Bush's committee in 2005 or the $33 million spent for Bill
Clinton's first inaugural in 1993.

From the January 19 edition of MSNBC Live:

SHUSTER: You're looking at live pictures -- people just starting
to walk along the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. We are just
less than 27 hours away from the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the
44th president of the United States. People off to something of an
early start here in Washington with some of the snowflakes and about
32 degrees. But this is going to be a fairly pricey inauguration; in
fact, perhaps the most expensive inauguration ever. Some estimates put
the price tag as high as $150 million. That dwarfs the record $42
million spent on President Bush's celebration in 2005. Obviously a
very different feel for this one, and a very huge crowd that has
already arrived in Washington.

— T.A.

Posted to the web on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 05:32 PM ET
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