Inauguration Day is a tradition of importance, signifying the peaceful changing or sustaining of power within the US government.  It has always been a big deal, being a time when some Presidents stick around, some arrive on scene, and others depart.  It’s a day that gives cause to celebrate traditions that have endured for over two centuries. In past decades, Inauguration Day has turned into a high-budget production.  Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration was the most expensive, breaking $125 million in taxpayer dollars, roughly $10 million more than what G. W. Bush spent in 2005. This coming Inauguration Day is projected to rise above $100 million, but will probably not break Bush’s $115.5 million mark:

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.

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