"Hard Hat Area" and “No trespassing” signs, portable toilets, ugly fencing, trailers, and various kinds of construction equipment still surround the White House more than five weeks after President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Weeks after the inauguration, construction crews are still working to remove Obama's inaugural parade reviewing stand from the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the the iconic executive residence.

However, this stunning example of government waste and inefficiency might not be blamed on the federal government. It actually the government of the District of Columbia that manages presidential inaugural festivities, and is later reimbursed by the US government for the expense.


 
The photos were taken on February 26, with the exception of the last one, which is from contractor Associate Builders Incorporated’s website. The contract (see here) signed by the DC government with the Michigan-based ABI cost taxpayers $2,839,000. 
 

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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