Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Must be an expensive keg

Presidential inaugural festivities are a good excuse for rich people to get drunk. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann tell us they're also a tradition dating to 1789, when street vendors would offer you a good deal on commemorative George Washington inaugural fans.

Some celebrations have been far more lavish than others, of course. James Madison and Jimmy Carter held very understated, populist affairs, while James Buchanan and John F. Kennedy pulled out all the stops to paint D.C. red. President Bush has chosen the latter route for his week-long, $40 million second-
term bash this week. The good news, of course, is that you too are welcome to join the party, provided you have a spare $100,000 to chip in for the fun and games.

Sure, it may seem a little crass to focus on frivolities during wartime, but as fellow Alabamian Chris DePaul observes in a sad-but-true post, it'll be nothing new for 21st-century America.

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