A look at this week's festivities by the numbers:
: Cost of Bush inaugural
ball festivities, not counting security costs.
: Amount FDR spent on the inaugural in 1945…about $20,000 in today's
: Cost of yellow roses purchased for
inaugural festivities by D.C.'s Ritz Carlton.
: Number of Humvees
outfitted with top-of-the-line armor for troops in Iraq that could have been purchased with the amount of money blown on the inauguration.
: Price of an inaugural package at the Fairmont Hotel, which includes a
Beluga caviar and Dom Perignon reception, a chauffeured Rolls Royce and two actors posing as "faux" Secret Service agents, complete with black
sunglasses and cufflink walkie-talkies.
: Pounds of lobster provided for "inaugural feeding frenzy" at the exclusive
Mandarin Oriental hotel.
: Number of "Laura Bush Cowboy cookies" provided for "inaugural feeding
frenzy" at the Mandarin hotel.
: Amount per guest President Carter spent on snacks for guests at his
inaugural parties. To stick to a tight budget, he served pretzels, peanuts, crackers and cheese and had cash bars.
: Number of children
in regions devastated by the tsunami who could have received vaccinations and preventive health care with the amount of money spent on the
: Number of girls who could be sent to school for a year in Afghanistan with the amount
of money lavished on the inauguration.
: The down payment to rent a fur coat paid by one gala attendee who
didn't want the hassle of schlepping her own through the airport.
: Price of a room package at D.C.'s Mandarin Oriental,
including presidential suite, chauffeured Mercedes limo and outfits from Neiman Marcus.
: Number of U.S. troops used to stand guard as President Bush takes his
oath of office
: Number of Kevlar vests for U.S. soldiers
in Iraq and Afghanistan that could be purchased for $40 million.
: Bonus that could go to each American solider serving in Iraq, if inauguration funds
were used for that purpose.
: Amount contributed by the finance and investment industry, which works
out to be 25 percent of all the money collected.
: Amount of money the White House is forcing the cash-strapped city of
Washington, D.C., to pony up for inauguration security.
: Percentage of D.C. residents who voted for Bush in 2004.
: Percentage of Americans who think this over-the-top inauguration should
have been scaled back.