All that stuff about caring for the people – especially the middle class – that Obama spouted during the campaign, well, it doesn’t look like he meant it when it comes to his inauguration parties.
I know. Shocking, isn’t it?
Seems Mr. Everyguy American doesn’t want the hoi polloi spoiling his fun. According to Hot Air:
The inaugural team made a show of announcing that the festivities to mark Obama’s second Inauguration would be greatly curtailed this year as a nod to tough economic times. Rather than the 10 official balls that the president and first lady zipped around to in 2009, this year there would be only two: the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, for 4,000 servicemen and -women and families of deployed soldiers, and then another for everyone else.
Left unsaid, however, was that the two balls together would host tens of thousands of people and feature a stout array of high-profile entertainers performing over two floors of the vast convention center. Among them: Stevie Wonder, Usher, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keyes. “So it’s not a 10 [balls] down to two type situation,” concedes Kerrigan.
There are indeed fewer official social events planned for the hundreds of thousands of partygoers set to celebrate Obama’s swearing-in, but what there are have been underplayed. You won’t find listed on any official calendars, for example, an A-list candlelight dinner Sunday night at the Kennedy Center for high rollers and other Democratic hotshots that the president and first lady Michelle Obama are set to attend.
In 2009 Barack Obama and his wife attended all ten ‘official’ Inaugural Balls – including the Neighborhood Ball, a $25 a head community ball explicitly designed to let the public in – and they clearly HATED the entire experience, which is apparently why they’re now stuffing everybody who cares into a two-story corporate party. And if you’re wondering how the First Couple expects to meet and greet 40,000 people in several hours’ time, the answer is easy: they’re not, silly. They’re just going to meet and greet whoever makes it through the triple-distilled security screening process.
Ah, those populist Democrats. Then again, nobody sensible really believed that the Obamas actually LIKE to mingle with people outside of a rather rigidly-defined socioeconomic stratum.
Why let the little people spoil your fun?