I am a party pooper. I’m all about an EXTRAVAGANT party the first time a person is elected, doing the limbo, a little macarena, a quick hustle (oh wait, we did a lot of that during the campaign), a two stepping line dance, twisting the night awaaaay.
The second time around should be a quiet tasteful affair (like a second wedding), a short parade, the ceremony, a shorter speech, lunch, then back to the office to get caught up on emails and briefings.
The cost of the festivities doesn’t trouble me since they are, for the most part, funded by donors. I don’t know who the donors are. I’m hoping they’re ordinary Americans buying cupcakes at bake sales and patronizing car washes held all over the country to raise money for the big day, like the prom.
Along with term limits and an end to party conventions, the time has come for an end to elaborate second inauguration celebrations.