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'''Nunavut''' is the largest and newest territory in [[Canada]].  It was separated from the [[Northwest Territories]] on April 1, 1999.   It was the first major change to the Canadian map since [[Newfoundland and Labrador]] joined the confederation in 1949.
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Nunavut has the lowest population of all Canadian Provinces and Territories and the capital is Iqaluit (formerly "Frobisher Bay") on [[Baffin Island]], which in the east of the Territory. The population of the entire territory is only 30,000 (approximately) of whom 85% are native peoples. The territory covers nearly 1.9 million km<sup>2</sup> of land and water, including all of the islands in [[Hudson Bay]], [[James Bay]] and a section of mainland, north of [[Manitoba]] and east of the [[Northwest Territories]]. 20% of Canada's land is in Nunavut.<ref>[http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0005849]</ref> Much of the land is on the Canadian Shield, a bedrock formation with only thin soil lying on top, and in many places no soil at all.
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The '''Obama presidential inauguration''' signaled the conclusion of the Bush administration with the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect [[Barack Hussein Obama]], and [[Joe Biden|Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.]] as Vice President, on Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. EST. 1.8 million people came to [[Washington D.C.]] to watch the ceremony, the largest crowd ever assembled for a presidential inauguration since Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration speech in 1965.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/21/AR2009012103884.html/13/2009-01-13_obamas_inauguration_is_most_expensive_ev.html D.C.'s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million] NY Daily News, January 14th 2009</ref>
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==Cost of the Inauguration==
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According to an article by Gregg Walker, publisher of the Lakeland Times, the cost of Obama's inauguration may have exceeded $160 million dollars; in comparison, the cost for George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration was only $44 million.<ref>Lakeland Times, ''The American people need a leader'', by Gregg Walker (Publisher), 1/30/2009[http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=10&SubSectionID=10&ArticleID=9029]</ref>  
  
Nunavut means 'our land' in Inuktitut.  The territory was intended to be an area of limited self-rule by the Inuit of Canada.
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Walker notes the comments from the liberal mainstream media regarding Bush's 2005 inauguration:
  
==Further reading==
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*"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"
* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCESubjects&Params=A1 ''Canadian Encyclopedia'' (2008)] reliable detailed encyclopedia, on-line free
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*"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"
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*"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft." 
  
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and the comments from the liberal mainstream media regarding Obama's 2009 inauguration:
* [http://www.nunavuttourism.com/site/index.asp/ Nunavut Tourism]
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*"Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"
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*"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"
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*"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"
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Fox News' Sean Hannity agreed, saying, "the cost of Obama's inaugural will dwarf past celebrations and make those of President Bush's look like budget bashes".<ref>FOXNews.com, ''Obama Inauguration Price Tag'', by Sean Hannity, Tuesday, January 20, 2009[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,480863,00.html]</ref>
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[[Image:Obama inauguration 2.jpg|240px|right]]
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However, Factcheck.org states that "Claims of a huge disparity are untrue. Actually, an apples-to-apples comparison shows that the two inaugurations likely cost about the same."<ref>FactCheck.org, ''Q:  Did Barack Obama's inauguration really cost 4 times as much as George Bush's 2005 inauguration?'', by Joe Miller, January 21, 2009
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[http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/did_barack_obamas_inauguration_really_cost_4.html]</ref>
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In a column for MediaMatters.org<ref>mediamatters.org, ''The media myth about the cost of Obama's inauguration'', by Eric Boehlert, Jan 17, 2009[http://mediamatters.org/columns/200901170003]</ref>, Eric Boehlert explains that the $44 million figure cited for the Bush inauguration did not include the federal government's spending on security for the event.  The New York Times notes that, "In 2005, Mr. Bush raised $42.3 million from about 15,000 donors for festivities; the federal government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5 million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup and for a holiday for federal workers."<ref>New York Times, ''Obama’s Inauguration Fund-Raising Tops $24 Million'', by KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, published January 5, 2009 [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/us/politics/06donors.html]</ref>  According to Boehlert, the combined total of Bush's 2005 inauguration was $157 million, a cost similar to that projected for Obama's inauguration.
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==Controversy==
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*While inviting a [[Christian]] to give an inaugural prayer is not so controversial, the [[gay]] community is in an uproar over the invite to [[evangelical]] pastor [[Rick Warren]]. Pastor Warren voted for [[Proposition 8]] in his home state of [[California]]. <ref>[http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4BH7DR20081218 Obama's next pastor controversy - at inauguration] Reuters, December 18, 2008</ref>
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*Rev. Sharon Watkins of [[Protestant]] Christian denomination gave an an opening prayer. She is the first female pastor to give an inaugural prayer. <ref>[http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-obama-prayer-service,0,7764780.story Female minister to deliver sermon at inaugural prayer service, a first] AP, January 11, 2009</ref>
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*Openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson from [[New Hampshire]] prayed at a concert held two days before the inauguration.  Bishop Robinson was among those responsible for the breakup of the [[American]] [[Episcopal]] Church over the issue of gay pastors. <ref>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/13/gay-bishop-to-offer-obama-inaugural-prayers/ Gay bishop to give Inaugural prayer] Washington Times, January 13, 2009</ref>
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*Ingrid Mattson, president of the [[Islamic Society of North America]], was invited to give an inaugural prayer. Mattson's group says it does not condone [[terrorism]].  The Holy Land Foundation and five of its former leaders were convicted of funneling millions of dollars to [[Hamas]], for which the ISNA funded and supported. <ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/17/feds-say-obama-prayer-leader-group-linked-hamas/ Feds Say Obama Prayer Leader Is From Group Linked to Hamas] Fox News, January 17, 2009</ref>
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*In an additional break with Obama's predecessors, no [[Catholic]] or [[Jewish]] speaker was invited to give an inaugural prayer.
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[[Image:Obamas second oath.jpeg|thumb|left|Obama's second oath.]]
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Revision as of 14:26, 1 February 2009

Obama inauguration 1.jpg

The Obama presidential inauguration signaled the conclusion of the Bush administration with the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Barack Hussein Obama, and Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. as Vice President, on Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. EST. 1.8 million people came to Washington D.C. to watch the ceremony, the largest crowd ever assembled for a presidential inauguration since Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration speech in 1965.[1]

Cost of the Inauguration

According to an article by Gregg Walker, publisher of the Lakeland Times, the cost of Obama's inauguration may have exceeded $160 million dollars; in comparison, the cost for George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration was only $44 million.[2]

Walker notes the comments from the liberal mainstream media regarding Bush's 2005 inauguration:

  • "Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"
  • "Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"
  • "Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft."

and the comments from the liberal mainstream media regarding Obama's 2009 inauguration:

  • "Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"
  • "Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"
  • "Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"

Fox News' Sean Hannity agreed, saying, "the cost of Obama's inaugural will dwarf past celebrations and make those of President Bush's look like budget bashes".[3]

Obama inauguration 2.jpg

However, Factcheck.org states that "Claims of a huge disparity are untrue. Actually, an apples-to-apples comparison shows that the two inaugurations likely cost about the same."[4] In a column for MediaMatters.org[5], Eric Boehlert explains that the $44 million figure cited for the Bush inauguration did not include the federal government's spending on security for the event. The New York Times notes that, "In 2005, Mr. Bush raised $42.3 million from about 15,000 donors for festivities; the federal government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5 million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup and for a holiday for federal workers."[6] According to Boehlert, the combined total of Bush's 2005 inauguration was $157 million, a cost similar to that projected for Obama's inauguration.

Controversy

  • Rev. Sharon Watkins of Protestant Christian denomination gave an an opening prayer. She is the first female pastor to give an inaugural prayer. [8]
  • Openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson from New Hampshire prayed at a concert held two days before the inauguration. Bishop Robinson was among those responsible for the breakup of the American Episcopal Church over the issue of gay pastors. [9]
  • Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, was invited to give an inaugural prayer. Mattson's group says it does not condone terrorism. The Holy Land Foundation and five of its former leaders were convicted of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas, for which the ISNA funded and supported. [10]
  • In an additional break with Obama's predecessors, no Catholic or Jewish speaker was invited to give an inaugural prayer.
Obama's second oath.

References

  1. D.C.'s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million NY Daily News, January 14th 2009
  2. Lakeland Times, The American people need a leader, by Gregg Walker (Publisher), 1/30/2009[1]
  3. FOXNews.com, Obama Inauguration Price Tag, by Sean Hannity, Tuesday, January 20, 2009[2]
  4. FactCheck.org, Q: Did Barack Obama's inauguration really cost 4 times as much as George Bush's 2005 inauguration?, by Joe Miller, January 21, 2009 [3]
  5. mediamatters.org, The media myth about the cost of Obama's inauguration, by Eric Boehlert, Jan 17, 2009[4]
  6. New York Times, Obama’s Inauguration Fund-Raising Tops $24 Million, by KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, published January 5, 2009 [5]
  7. Obama's next pastor controversy - at inauguration Reuters, December 18, 2008
  8. Female minister to deliver sermon at inaugural prayer service, a first AP, January 11, 2009
  9. Gay bishop to give Inaugural prayer Washington Times, January 13, 2009
  10. Feds Say Obama Prayer Leader Is From Group Linked to Hamas Fox News, January 17, 2009