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Well-wishers warned to use care along train route

January 16, 2009

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— Local governments are warning people who want to see President-elect Barack Obama as he passes through on his “whistle stop” tour to stay away from the railroad tracks.

Instead, people are being encouraged to gather at designated spots along the Philadelphia-to-Washington route Saturday. Anyone who approaches the tracks is in danger from high-power lines and trains traveling on the tracks.

In 1968, a crash in Elizabeth, N.J., killed two people who had come to see Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train. They were hit by a train traveling in the opposite direction.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says the train may slow down, but no stops are scheduled.

The Secret Service says some overpasses along the route will be secured.

Comments

Shane Garrett 5 years, 9 months ago

150 million dollar swearing in PARTY! Why not just say the oath of office then give that money to the Bankers that lost all the little peoples monies in stupid investments. I know my retirement fund is down about 1/2 after saving for 30 years. Where is the outrage from the left on the amount of cost? Bush was hammered about a 40 million dollar cost back in 2004 when the economy was in good shape. I find this totally unacceptable.

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Confrontation 5 years, 9 months ago

Wally feels important enough to comment on every article. I guess it's important that he thinks highly of himself, since no one else does.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 9 months ago

Check out Wally's steel-trap mind doing math on his "Homeless uprooted for Inauguration" story comment.

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Shane Garrett 5 years, 9 months ago

Hmm, I see the left is doing personal attacks again. Why not comment on the excess of the PARTY!

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

www.howobamagotelected.cominformative on these obamamania voters and the fake stilted media which fed them.

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meggers 5 years, 9 months ago

Wally, Many of us have posted about the inauguration, we just aren't completely consumed by the ONE TOPIC. As I posted elsewhere, the inauguration is largely funded by private donations. Many of the expenses you're raging about have more to do with infrastructure and security surrounding the inaugural ceremony than the cost of the inaugural balls.This IS an historic event and Obama is giving an unprecedent number of non-elites a chance to be a part of it. At the same time, Obama is promoting a national day of service for Monday, in order to encourage all of us to make a contribution to our community and to those in need. If you truly think that all of us should be making sacrifices and pitching in to help, here is the information you will need to do your part:http://usaservice.org/page/content/calltoservice/

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GardenMomma 5 years, 9 months ago

Hmm, after seeing Wally's many, many, many posts about the $150 million cost to the Inauguration, I decided to see if he was correct. This is what I found. I cite my source below."NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The total cost of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will likely top $150 million by the time the galas and streamers and porta-pots are all cleaned up."The reason it's hard to know how much this - or any of the other 55 presidential inaugurals - costs is that there's no one entity overseeing all of the related events. The $150 million is an estimate, and it is complied of other estimates, so the figure is fluid. ......"The total cost of the inauguration to the federal government is $49 million, according to Abigail Tanner, spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget."That $49 million includes a $15 million appropriation which has already been appropriated to the District of Columbia to help pay for the inauguration expenses. It also includes money to pay for the Secret Service during the inauguration and the military personnel during the parade following the swearing-in ceremony."Source http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/16/news/economy/inauguration_costs/?postversion=2009011616So, it appears that, yes, the Inauguration could cost up to $150 million, but that number includes everything. The actual cost that the American taxpayers are footing (and already have paid for) is much, much, much less. And it appears that every Inauguration costs the taxpayers about the same amount.Perhaps the high final estimated price tag is due to the fact that not only are people celebrating the swearing in of a new President, but celebrating the leaving of another, most unpopular President.??Or maybe not.

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bisky1 5 years, 9 months ago

the problem, knuckleheads, is not the 40 mill or the 150 mil, if bush had spent 40 bucks it would have been too much for most of you. i didn't vote for the guy but, i believe he should have his party and as citizens of this country we should celebrate with him, wish him luck and hope he will be half the president reagan was.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

$150 million is only a fraction of the questionable money that greased the O'dude's way to the White house.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 9 months ago

Wally, you're right. I'm sorry. $150 million is a lot. Estimates of Bush's war in Iraq run from $170 to $720 million a day. Dick Cheney got $36 million in Haliburton stock in 2000. So a little perspective please. $150 million is less than 50 cents per American. Heck, I'd be glad to pay your share.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

ah,the loonie left raises Halliburton again. under clintonia, Halliburton got many no-bid contracts too. and Obama's choice for Treasury Secretary "forgot" to pay 46K in taxes! he's in charge of the IRS if he's confirmed! 49-mil may be the federal government's chunk, but other government entities account for some too, so taxpayers get stiffed for more. ***we raise this because there is an obvious double standard. you loons criticized Bush for taking vacations at his ranch but fell all over yourselves in the media to celebrate Obama's Hawaiian vacation in a wealthy man's compound, and gave us his beefcake photos. sick. this during "the worst economy since the Great Depression!" any of you loons still getting tinglings running up and down your legs? if so, go see your doc, or a psychiatrist. with commentators like that, you think MSNBC/ObamaHQ is at all objective? yeah, right.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 9 months ago

Tinglings running up and down your legs lasting longer than four hours, maybe then you should consult your physician. I'll be glad to pay for gnome's 50 cent share too.

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