Monday, April 20, 2009

Inaugural Float cost $46,000 more than initially reported

In January, I asked if GW's inaugural float was worth its high price tag.

That was when the project reportedly cost $88,000. Now, the Hatchet writes that the float actually cost an estimated $134,000, and the final expenses have not been reported:
Other inauguration expenses, including security costs and expenses from programming done on and around Inauguration Day, have not been released by administrators. The University is planning to apply for partial reimbursement from the federal government for some inauguration-related security expenses.
I'll pose the question to GW students again:

Money well spent?


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Initially, 84 percent of respondents said the float was not worth its cost. How about now?


Emily Berger said...

Come on guys, we spend this much on sheep. I think the float expenses are reasonable when celebrating one of the most profound events in our nation's history.

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Anonymous said...

I agree that money should have been spent on the float. Remember when students were running throught he streets screaming and subsequently stormed the White House? Why not spend money on a known presence in last year's historical inauguration day parade? I've definitely felt that my tuition money is being spent in sketchier ways.

Emily Berger said...

Well said KFunk. I think I'll remember the night GW stormed the White House forever. People stopping their cars in the middle of the street... strangers hugging, it was kind of beautiful.

Andrew Perez said...

I was one of the thousands who stormed the White House as well. I went to the Inauguration at 6 am and waited in the freezing cold for hours. That said, I think the float was a waste of money.

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