The estimated crowd count for Inauguration Day in the Nation’s Capitol is reaching four million, with people booking rooms 150 miles from Washington. Forty million will be spent on parades, police, parties and pyrotechnics.
The biggest private donors will be handsomely rewarded with a variety of inaugural packages, meetings with political VIPs, tickets to the swearing-in ceremony and parade, and hard-to-get entry into the official inaugural balls and dinners…and they’ll get first-in-line at the porta-johns.
The Mayor has estimated it will cost the district $17.3 million to help pay for security at the first post-Sept. 11 inauguration, which includes 6,000 law officers and 2,500 military personnel to guard the 250,000 people at the swearing-in and the millions expected to line the parade route.
Meanwhile, fires in California temporarily knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes and at least $15 million in houses burned. Luckily, Oprah Winfrey’s “Promised Land” — the term she uses to describe her California estate – was left untouched…wow, now that’s power.
- 934 Homes Destroyed
- 42,000 Acres Burned,
- 21 Firefighters Injured
- $25 Mil. Suppression Costs