The current scandal is being discussed in another thread. Please leave discussions of it in that thread.
However, the scandal brings to light the excessive extravagance the Presidential inauguration has morphed into and it is time to put an end to it.
I propose to abolish private fundraising for the inaugural and instead publicly fund a FAR MORE SUBDUED public event.
Instead of the current event, I would hold the inaugural in the House of Representatives chamber before a Joint Session of Congress held specifically for the purpose. The President and Vice President would be sworn in on the floor of the House and if the Vice Presidency changed hands, the incoming Vice President would walk up to the Speaker’s dais and relieve the outgoing Vice President just prior to the oath of office for the President. The President would be sworn in at the podium and then give his inaugural address from there just as he would a State of the Union Address. There would be no arrangements for any outdoor seating and people would be publicly discouraged from coming to Washington, D.C. for the event, unless they were invited guests in the House galleries. The general public would be able to watch on television.
All private funding would be banned, including for inaugural balls, which would be held under the auspices of the military.
We are inaugurating a President, not coronating a King and the event should never have gotten as extravagant as it has gotten in recent years.
The current scandal is a good excuse to squelch this extravagance for good.