Inaugural tallies

How Obama’s event stacks up

By the time all the tables and chairs get put away and the final tab is settled, the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States is expected to cost $150 million. His staff attributes the record expense to record attendance thanks to unprecedented accessibility in their plans. How does this price tag compare to inaugurals past? Here are the estimated costs for the past half-dozen presidents:

Year President Cost 2005 G.W. Bush $42 million

2001 G.W. Bush $40 million

1997 Clinton $29 million

1993 Clinton $33 million

1989 G.H.W. Bush $30 million

1985 Reagan $20 million

1981 Reagan $16 million

1977 Carter $3.5 million

1973 Nixon $4 million