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Photo by: J. Scott Applewhite

Construction workers continue work on the platforms on the west side of the Capitol where dignitaries and news cameras will witness the inaugural ceremonies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The pomp surrounding the inauguration of the president can carry a hefty price tag, from the glitzy galas to all those inaugural balls. Think of it this way: It can cost about the same as 150 luxury Bentley cars, several dozen yachts or some $20 million shy of the cash needed for a Boeing 737 passenger jet. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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