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The Day Off Only DC Gets

Mon­day is Inau­gu­ra­tion Day — though Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was offi­cially be sworn in on Sun­day in a pri­vate cer­e­mony to ful­fill con­sti­tu­tional require­ments of a Jan­u­ary 20th turnover — with it will come the speech at 12:00 PM East­ern, the pageantry, the parade and then the balls.

All the while, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia will effec­tively be on a paid day off.

Oh, don’t worry.  You’ll still get your mail.  Most of the time, Inau­gu­ra­tion Day isn’t a national hol­i­day, but it is a D.C. hol­i­day for most of the city. Part of its due to trans­porta­tion con­cerns as the Inau­gural parade will shut down Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. for the bulk of the after­noon and the early morn­ing car­a­vans of del­e­gates to and from the Capi­tol will make traf­fic a mess.

The other is polit­i­cal as every par­ti­san in the Belt­way, depend­ing on the party tak­ing power, will have a big party.  Paid for par­tially through dona­tions, with the logis­tics paid for by we taxpayers.

What bugs me most about DC pretty much shut­ting down on Inau­gu­ra­tion Day is that it’s more cer­e­mo­nial than operational.

Only the Sched­ule C polit­i­cal appoint­ments and other senior offi­cials who had to get Sen­ate con­fir­ma­tion from an out-going admin­is­tra­tion are going to not be at work on Jan­u­ary 21st.  They’ve been essen­tially fired.  Every other gov­ern­ment employee work­ing in the “Fed­eral Dis­trict” gets a paid day off when for the fore­see­able future — espe­cially in an admin­is­tra­tion changeover — they’ll be the ones run­ning all the day-to-day oper­a­tions of much of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment until the next class of polit­i­cal appointees shows up in the weeks and months ahead.

Oh, I know that tomor­row is the legal obser­va­tion of Mar­tin Luther King Day, so it’s a fed­eral hol­i­day any­way and this three-day week­end for our nation’s cap­i­tal was going to hap­pen any­way, but it’s mind-numbingly stu­pid.  It is just an excuse to have a party.

(And yes, I know that both Eisen­hower and Rea­gan did the same when their re-election inau­gu­rals when Jan­u­ary 20th was on a Sun­day too, but that’s not my point.)

There’s noth­ing quite like say­ing we’re watch­ing the peace­ful tran­si­tion of power by decid­ing the event jus­ti­fies the shut­ting down of the very gov­ern­ment (and seat of gov­ern­ment) in which they will hold power over.  So enjoy the speech, enjoy the parade and enjoy the balls.

Unless of course, you’re like 99% of the coun­try that doesn’t reside in the greater Wash­ing­ton, D.C. area and have to work.  Don’t know about you, but doesn’t it feel great know­ing that our “mas­ters” are enjoy­ing the day off whether they are liv­ing it up at the Texas Black Tie and Boots Ball or not.

Happy Inau­gu­ra­tion Day.  I’ll be work­ing.  So prob­a­bly will you.

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