I thought this was a capital idea! I feel it has special merit in light of the fact that we are at war, just as was the case when President Roosevelt opted for a simpler ceremony in 1945. (See here.)
Below is the text of the email I sent to the President:
The Inauguration is a celebration of America's freedom and principles. Under normal circumstances, this celebration should be festive.
But as was true when President Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated for his fourth term in 1945, our nation is at war, young Americans fighting and dying.
In addition, the worst natural disaster in recent history is still unfolding in south Asia.
Under these circumstances, Mr. President, I suggest that the Inauguration on January 20, 2005, be a low-key and dignified affair held in the White House itself devoid of parades, balls, or other extrvagances. Then, I would hope that the bulk of monies contributed for the event will be designated for tsunami relief efforts.
This idea was first suggested by one of your fellow Texans, Pastor Gordon Atkinson on his popular blog, Real Live Preacher.
I think it's a great idea, one worthy of the greatness of America.
Have a wonderful new year, Mr. President.
Blessings in Christ,
If you would like to also send such an email to the President, it's a simple thing to do. Mr. Bush's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.