Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a huge fan of our dear ol' President Elect. It's not that I haven't tried to like him and support him - I mean, he is the leader of our country - but as soon as I begin to settle in to the idea of him being an OK guy - someone the country can "deal with" for the next 4 years - he does something else so.....not OK that I just lose all faith I had. Here is today's especial pet-peeve: As we all know the presidential inauguration is coming up and with it comes the grand inauguration ball. This is a huge party for all of Washington's elect to celebrate the new president - kind of a way to kick off the new term. Don't get me wrong - I think it's a nice tradition. Who doesn't want to celebrate such a great achievement and such an exciting chapter in a person's and a country's life? The problem I have is spending $150 million on the party.
That's right, our nation is in a recession and it's leaders are spending $150 million on a party!!! It is rumored that the new First Lady will be wearing a "regal colored, one shoulder gown" and all of the designers are dying to dress her. When President Bush had his ball he spent less and the entire country was criticizing like crazy! All they could say about it is, "We could be spending that money on other things that would be important to the country - research, poverty, unemployment, 3rd world countries...." Now that it is Obama everyone is alright with his budget, in fact, they are encouraging it!! Jon has lived in Washington DC and he is always telling me how beautiful and amazing everything is there, and I have watched the PBS special on the White House. I know how beautiful and majestic it is there - so what do they need to do as far as decorations? Now, they are gong to have some gourmet food for a lot of people and stuff like that - but $150 million is more than most normal American families live off of in years!! So here's what I'm saying, we are in a recession, we are all trying to budget and be frugal - why doesn't our President elect have the same standards? Why can he go around spending money on parties?? Just something to think about.............. -Sorry about the ranting and raving guys! I'm just annoyed!
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Malori and Jon Saline
Jon and I were married in the Snowflake, Arizona temple four years ago! Since then we have been on many adventures - law school, working at a high school, getting a dog, art competitions, moving, the Bar Exam, buying a house....and I am happy to say that I love him even more now than I did when we got married!!
I love our life and I am excited for the adventures that are ahead of us!!