Yes these leaders were there because they have constitutional duty to be there.
Having Romney there would have meant more
You seem to think these politicians ego is so easy to bruise it needs protecting.
meant more to whom? the opposition party leaders are there, the supreme court justices are there, there's no question about his legitimacy. clearly you're just sad he stayed out of the limelight so you can't take more potshots at him. (e.g. the loser's gallery in kansas) this transition of power nonsense couldn't be more transparent if you tried.
You have been here long enough to know righty and lefty websites do this all the times.
Some righty website still believe Obama is illegitimate president, he was not borne here, he won because he suppresed the vote.
These websites are now part of American political landscape, and you cannot credibly make the case that this the monopoly of the left.
The earlier you get used to them ( and not be sensitive), the better off you'll.
Imagine if you were a liberal and saw the images purpoted to be Obama that were in Tea Party demonstrations. Gorilla, African witch doctor, Mao, Stalling Mussolini, Hitler. You would have lost interest in politicis by now.
I am sure you have heard of The Drugde Reports, The Blaze, NewsMax, RedState, Breitbart, Dikck Morris, Michelle Malkin, .. and of course FOXNews.
As the inauguration was in progress, FOXNews was already criticizing Obama, they even fail to show some of the very importnat optics of the inauguration, namely the parade where diversity abound with flotial including, chinese american community group, Gay Americans, Hispanic Americans, Hawaians.
This all ties in the theme of equal, civil rights Obama talked about in his speech.
Prior to the parade, the president has mentioned Stonewall in an inaugural speech, the first time it was ever done in an inagural.
Plantman should be grateful to the president for this.
blah blah blah. as if fox news would suddenly become angels if romney was there
the basic point is that nothing good could come of romney being there since obama had a glorious inauguration without him. the media and public (mostly, except some hangers ons like you) hasn't talked about him/his humiliating loss in weeks and he wants to keep it that way. let the man live his life in peace.