In 2009, Obama insisted on unprecedented openness surrounding details of who funded his inauguration, and refused to accept money from corporate donors - much to the delight of the liberal left.
In 2013, he's disappointed liberals by accepting corporate donations - and frustrated journalists by concealing details of who made donations.
Paul Simon and Samuel Jackson are listed among the 993 donors, but there's no way of knowing whether those names refere to THE Paul Simon and Samuel L. Jackson, as Lauren Streib points out in the Daily Beast. By contrast, in 2009, the public could identify all donors by name, employer, and zip code.
Many of the famous names in evidence on the 2009 donors list - Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, George Soros, Bill Gates - are missing from 2013's list. More than half of the inaugural bill of $170 million will be footed by the government.
Via the Daily Beast.