Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

Trump’s 4th of July Self-Celebration Cost Taxpayers Over $5 Million

July 16, 2019

Trump's 4th of July Self-Celebration Cost Taxpayers Over $5 Million

“President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July celebration last week cost the federal government and Washington, D.C., $5.35 million, according to an Interior Department letter released exclusively to ABC News.

The National Park Service spent $2.45 million on staffing, medical services, barricades, and other logistics for the event, called Salute to America, which does not include the cost of other Fourth of July events like the Capitol Fourth concert.

The city of Washington, D.C., and Department of Defense said the Salute to America event and security cost $1.7 million and $1.2 million respectively, bringing the total cost of the event to $5.35 million.”

— “Trump’s Salute to America cost DC, feds more than $5 million,” Stephanie Ebb, ABC News

Between the $1.7 million in security costs for the “Salute to America” and the $7.3 million in security costs the 2017 Trump Inaugural Committee still owes the District of Columbia Government, DC’s security budget is bankrupt. If you attend any special events in DC from now on, you’re on your own.

Related:

“House Oversight Dems call on Trump to pay D.C. for Independence Day, inauguration,” Chris Marquette, Roll Call

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Updates: Trump’s 4th of July Salute to Himself

July 3, 2019

Updates: Trump's 4th of July Salute to Himself

Tomorrow, on July 4, 2019, Great Leader Donald J. Trump will personally harangue adoring red-hatted throngs from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service has diverted at least $2.5 million meant to fund park repairs and maintenance to partially-cover expenses for these last-minute White House directives. Free tickets to this political but publicly-financed event have been gifted to GOP donors , Trump 2020 campaign staff, and Republican officials. The Commander-in-Chief has bidden the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, the Armed Forces Chorus, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to entertain him, and demanded that US military chiefs stand next to him. And there will be tanks. A flyover by military jets and Air Force One will ground flights at Reagan National Airport for over an hour. Also grounded: the diaper-clad Trump Baby Balloon.

More:

“Trump plans ticketed-access area for VIPs, friends and family at July 4 celebration,” Peter Hermann, Michael E. Ruane and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

“RNC Receives VIP Tickets to Trump’s Fourth of July Celebration; DNC Does Not,” Maggie More, NBC4 Washington

“Trump Is Packing the July 4 Fireworks Because He’s Afraid of Getting Booed,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“How Trump’s 4th of July Hijacking Could Violate the Hatch Act,” Walter Shaub, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

“Proud Boys and Allies to Rally in D.C. to Capitalize on ‘Trumpstravaganza,’” Will Sommer, Daily Beast

“This Fourth of July, Trump will star in a movie of his own making,” Lloyd Green, The Guardian

“Trump’s July 4 Event Shaping Up To Be A Salute To Himself,” Josh Kovensky, TPM Muckraker

“‘They started this too late’: Trump officials and allies anxious about July 4 fest,” Nancy Cook, Politico

“Pentagon tells troops to say ‘I am proud of my job and my vehicle/tank’ during Trump July 4 event: report,” Marina Pitofsky, The Hill

“Trump says his generals are ‘thrilled’ with his Fourth of July salute. Their silence suggests otherwise.” Greg Jaffee, Washington Post

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4th of July: National Salute to Great Leader

July 1, 2019

4th of July: National Salute to Great Leader

Great Leader Donald J. Trump has proclaimed July 4, 2019 a national holiday honoring himself. The President will personally harangue adoring red-hatted throngs from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a ticketed event. Tickets to this political but publicly-financed event are said to be free but apparently will be gifted to VIPs in secret since the White House and NPS websites have no information about them. July 4th prices at DC’s Trump Hotel have been raised. The Commander-in-Chief has commanded the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, the Armed Forces Chorus, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to entertain him. A flyover by military jets and Air Force One will ground flights at Reagan National Airport for over an hour. Also possibly grounded: the diaper-clad Trump Baby Balloon.

More:

“Trump plans ticketed-access area for VIPs, friends and family at July 4 celebration,” Peter Hermann, Michael E. Ruane and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

“How Lincoln’s disdain for demagogues pricks Trump’s Fourth of July pomposity,” Sidney Blumenthal, The  Guardian

“Frederick Douglass would be outraged at Trump’s Fourth of July self-celebration,” Colbert I. King, Washington Post

Updates:

“Park Service diverts $2.5 million in fees for Trump’s July Fourth extravaganza,” By Juliet Eilperin ,
Josh Dawsey, and Dan Lamothe, Washington Post

“RNC Receives VIP Tickets to Trump’s Fourth of July Celebration; DNC Does Not,” Maggie More, NBC4 Washington

“Trump Is Packing the July 4 Fireworks Because He’s Afraid of Getting Booed,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“How Trump’s 4th of July Hijacking Could Violate the Hatch Act,” Walter Shaub, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

“Proud Boys and Allies to Rally in D.C. to Capitalize on ‘Trumpstravaganza,’” Will Sommer, Daily Beast

“Here Are All the Military Planes Flying at Trump’s 4th of July Military Parade,” Oriana Pawlyk, Military.com

“Two tanks in DC as Trump calls for military hardware in July 4 parade,” Rachel Frazen, The Hill

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Ain’t That America

July 4, 2018

“Little Pink Houses,” written and performed by John Mellencamp.

John Mellencamp website

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This is My Country

July 4, 2018

“This Is My Country,” written by Curtis Mayfield, and performed by him with The Impressions.  Released on Mr. Mayfield’s Curtom Records label in 1968.

“And I know you will give consideration
Shall we perish unjust or live equal as a nation
This is my country”

Lyrics here.

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American Girl

July 4, 2018

“American Girl,” written and performed by Tom Petty, with visual cameos by Ethel Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Norma Talmadge, Louise Brooks, Mary Astor, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Jean Arthur, Helen Hayes, Gene Tierney, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, Donna Reed, Hedy Lamarr, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Audrey Hepburn, Susan Hayward, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly. Great video by YouTube user jaxdriver.

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American Woman

July 4, 2018

“American Woman,” performed by Lenny Kravitz, 1999. The song was written by Randy Bachman with lyrics by Burton Cummings, and originally recorded in 1970 by their band, The Guess Who. Video directed by Paul Hunter.

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4th of July

July 4, 2018

“4th of July,” written by Dave Alvin and performed by him with the band X.

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American Girl

July 4, 2018

“American Girl,” written and performed by Bonnie McKee. Ms. McKee, who has written songs for (and with) Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson and others, has a fine grasp of contemporary American culture.

Celeb karaoke version here

Bonnie McKee official website

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America

July 4, 2018

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side StoryRita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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