From Roger L. Simon's blog:
MORE: Excellent post (as usual) by Charlie (Colorado) below, pointing out how the present inauguration in actually cheaper than the Clinton inaugural in 2005 dollars. Am I suprised? Not at all.
First point - the prevailing complaint about the cost of this inaugural, as I understand it, is that such expenses are being rung up in a time of war. Previous wartime Presidents have had relatively somber and scaled-back affairs compared to those in times of peace. Thus it's the gaucheness of lavish governmental spending during a national crisis and not the actual dollar amount which offends.
More important, however, is the fact that four whole years later, Bush supporters continue to obsessively measure each and every facet of Dubya's administration against the Clinton years. I'm not sure, but I believe there's a whole section of the DSM-IV dealing with this sort of behavior (and while we're taking inventory of Red State psychodrama, let's not forget about George the Younger's ongoing Oedipus Complex, the biggest since Alexander and his daddy King Philip of Macedon).
The Big Dog casts one hell of a shadow, doesn't he?