On the Money Trail: Inauguration Perks Go To the Rich

Don’t buy the hype that this administration is for regular folks.

President-elect Barack Obama billed his inauguration an event “for all Americans.” But in the nation’s capital this long weekend, wealthy visitors are finding themselves a bit more equal — and warmer — than others.

Most Americans here to see President-elect Obama make history crammed onto buses and trains, slept on floors and fought crowds and cold. But the wealthiest Americans coming to see the event are enjoying all the perks their money and power ever warranted.

For CEOs and stars arriving by private jet, local airports have shut down entire runways to serve as parking lots for their planes. Officials are prepared to handle hundreds of private aircraft for the long weekend.

And in a related story.

CAROLINE THE ‘CERTAIN’ PICK FOR DAVE: RIVALS

The contenders based their conclusion on the view that Paterson, after nearly two months of indecision, would “greatly embarrass” and “entirely humiliate” Kennedy, anger her prominent political family and even offend President-elect Barack Obama by picking someone other than President John F. Kennedy’s daughter.

I guess privilege does have its perks, because Caroline certainly does not have any experience. Sound like a certain President Elect we know?

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~ by thedark2 on January 19, 2009.

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