Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States, who was recently sworn into office for his second term on Monday, January 21, 2013, his inauguration ceremonies lasted over a course of three eventful days from January 19 to 21 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
The estimated costs for this 57th inauguration varied from private donations of about $45-50 million spent for parties, balls, and concerts, while taxpayers paid the rest of the expenses for the parade, transportation, swearing-in, and security.
Presidential inaugurations are a part of American history, but with the national debt accumulating to approximately $16.5 trillion dollars, was it really necessary for President Obama to have the ceremonial inauguration events, as he did?
Anarosa Olmos, a communications major at Imperial Valley College, said she heard a lot of people talking about President Barack Obama’s inauguration, even thought she didn’t see it.
“I never paid attention to it at all. I don’t think it’s that interesting,” said Olmos.
Although the inauguration doesn’t appeal to Olmos, she has one simple thought when it comes to the sum of expenses.
Ahmad Aasiya-Bey, a psychology major at Imperial Valley College, said he doesn’t agree that the national debt was as high as it was.
In all, the total estimated costs for President Obama’s inauguration summed up to about $170-180 million adding more to the United States’ national debt.