In the middle of these trying economic times – I suspect and hope everyone will ask “how can this incoming administration spend so much and ask people to contribute so much?!”
Is it like the person who, on the face of bankruptcy, throws a party to save face?
It would be easy to see it as that, but here’s an alternative perspective:
The DC and surrounding communities rely on the dollars that come in as a major positive jolt. By amplifying the number of attendees, it helps that much more. If most of the tens of millions of dollars it will cost come from donors – isn’t that like a major investment in the DC area economy by people who can afford it?
The Obama planners will make sure that it’s an event that everyone, regardless of economic status, will enjoy.
Therefore – I say bring on the event!