Costs, crowds smaller for President Obama's second inauguration

Costs, crowds smaller for President Obama's second inauguration


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Monday marked the beginning of President Barack Obama's second term with celebrations including a luncheon, a parade and a ball.

But between the security, the food, and all the entertainment, who pays for everything?

The 57th presidential inauguration takes a year of planning and millions of dollars.

Because of a mistake in 2009 and this year's official inauguration occurring on Sunday, President Obama is the only two-term president to recite the oath four times.

In 2009, a record-breaking 1.8 million people stood in the cold to witness the swearing in of the first African American president. On Monday, officials estimate the crowds were between 600,000 and 800,000, according to ABC.

Of course, the biggest numbers are the cost.

In 2009, ABC reported the total cost was $170 million. This year is expected to be less, but the total is still unknown.

Tax dollars are used for the swearing in ceremony and the luncheon as well as the massive amount of security needed for the events.

A large chunk is paid for by donations, though.

In 2009, $53 million was raised. This year it could be greater because the Presidential Inaugural Committee is accepting donations over $50,000.

According to ABC, there are 993 donators contributing money to the inauguration.

The cost and crowds weren't the only things down during the second inauguration.

The number of official inaugural balls also dropped from 10 in 2009, to just two this year.

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