I Read The News Today, Oh Boy

Greg Palast

by Greg Palast

In response to news of the death of over one hundred thousand Asians drowned by the December tsunami, Americans swiftly raised $18 million towards the ultimate goal of $40 million … to pay for the several lavish parties that will follow George Bush’s inauguration on January 20.

“Once again, this is an indicator of the heart-felt generosity of the American people,” said Heather Wienot of the Bush-Cheney Inauguration committee. More than 50 black-tie events will light up the evening.

The much-coveted tickets, however, will be limited to the Presidential circle and their families, celebrity supporters of the presidential campaign and major donors. The most exclusive spots are reserved for Pioneers (donors of $100,000 or more to the Bush campaign) and Rangers (donors of more than $200,000).

The privately-funded inaugural celebration organization had considered inviting a family of survivors of the tsunami as a gesture of sympathy, but the idea was rejected, said Weinot, as “kind of a downer.” She noted, however, that leftover food will be donated to Washington area soup kitchens.

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