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Obama Inauguration Declared “Emergency.”

January 14th, 2009

When you think State of Emergency, you think Hurricane Katrina, wildfires in California, avalanche in B.C. But the inauguration  of a President?

President Bush has declared a “state of emergency” in the District for Inauguration day.

The politicians truly have no shame.

To call the inauguration  an  emergency for any reason, by any justification, is to abuse the power of government.

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  1. January 14th, 2009 at 10:17 | #1

    Given that there’s going to be a tremendous number of people attending the Inauguration — think a minimum of half a million — declaring a “state of emergency” is merely the prudent thing to do.

    Also, remember that the President can’t declare a “state of emergency” on his own initiative; someone has to actually request it from him. In this case, the request came from the D.C. mayor.

  2. Ian in NS
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:24 | #2

    The way I read it, it’s a legal trick to allow the District access to federal money to help with the huge influx of people coming for the coronation — err, inauguration.

    Given that D.C. is effectively a ward of the federal government, I can’t get too worked up over it.

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