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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 01/12/2009

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Yonkers, New York
13 January 2009

At the outset, let me make it clear to all and sundry that the inauguration of a President of these United States is a very important event.

Reports are to the effect that several hundred thousand people will be present when Barack Obama takes his Oath of Office as the 44th President on January 20th.

I have nothing negative to say about people wanting to be physically present in front of the Capitol where the inaugural ceremonies are to be held.

As for me, a senior, I will content myself watching the Inauguration on television with my wife. I am sure my wife and I will be more comfortable at home than if we had to go through all that hassle of going there personally.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | January 13, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I am very disappointed that President-elect Obama did not think of initiating a highly worthy "CHANGE" in our nation right at the start of his administration by completely abolishing the tradition of "inauguration celebrations" by an incoming president.

All winning candidates for whichever electable positions routinely very solemnly announce in their acceptance speeches after their "wins" how they feel honored to be provided a chance to SERVE the country.

If there is to be any celebration about any presidency, it would be spontaneously initiated by people at the END of a presidency which they had perceived to have truly SERVED the country (and the world); the purpose of the celebration then would be to honor the involved president.

Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass had said on December 20 to FOXNews.com: "...we see this [celebration] as a real opportunity for people to come together and share their common values and goals." That's gibberish. How exactly do dining, wining, and dancing provide a "real opportunity for people to come together and share their common values and goals"?

Nine inaugural balls costing $42.3 million in private money were held during Bush's 2005 presidential inauguration. The amount of private money contributed by rich Obama fans for the upcoming inaugural balls is unknown to the public as of now. Nevertheless, what a wonderful "CHANGE" it would have been for America if President-elect Obama had thought of asking those rich fans to donate, instead, that same money to worthy charitable causes, and doing away with all "celebrations"!


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