Regular Folks Not Invited
I missed my invitation to attend the January 21st inaugural in Washington. Top tier donors who have raised millions have packages that include access to the inauguration's parade of exclusive receptions and other events. Some will even be allowed to rub shoulders with President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of the Democratic Party elite on the official Presidential viewing stand to watch the inauguration parade.
Second tier donors may attend a candlelight reception at the National Building Museum. This includes a photo reception with the President, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives at a cost of up to $100,000 per ticket. No need to bring your camera!
Late breaking news for Third tier donors. They can participate in the marked down discount "Monroe Package for only $7,500. This includes preferred tickets to all of Monday's festivities including two V.I.P tickets to the Inaugural Parade, along with two tickets to the Official Inaugural Ball in the Premium Section. Tuxedos, formal gowns and stretch limos are extra. Will any of these participants be traveling around town on the Washington Metro subway system with ordinary commoners?
The White House bashes Wall Street with one hand, but continues to be looking for big bucks with the other. President Obama's inaugural committee is still millions of dollars short of their $50 million fundraising goal. The professional fundraisers who raised a billion dollars to guarantee his reelection continue to solicit contributions from the usual crowd of Wall Street executives along with lobbyists, trial lawyers, real estate developers, Hollywood celebrities, special interest groups, millionaires and the “K” Street Washington Pay for Play crowd.
At those prices, working or middle class people will be hard to find at most inaugural balls, except in the kitchen or serving. I can never afford the price of a ticket, but I am willing to park limousines, check coats or bus tables.
Obama claims to be a friend of the “99 percent,” but nothing will change in his second term. He still loves spending time dining and partying with the “one percent.”