We’ve been waiting to hear the news detailing number of official Inaugural Balls that President Obama will attend. In 2009 there were ten official balls and a concert on the mall. For 2013, official events have been cut down significantly but there are still several state-society events and unofficial galas to be held across town.
For the upcoming Inauguration, Obama will host two official Inaugural Balls. One that will be open to the public and a private event for military families titled ‘The Commander in Chief Ball’. In additional to the two Inaugural Balls, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will both host a children’s concert. All three events will take place at the Convention Center downtown:
Both balls are being planned at the Washington Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 21, the evening of Obama’s public inauguration at the Capitol on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Under the Constitution, the president’s second term begins Jan. 20 at noon, but he’ll be sworn in privately at the White House – with limited media coverage – since inaugural celebrations traditionally aren’t held on Sundays.
One party will be the Commander In Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush for members of the Armed Forces. Tickets will be free for invited guests, including active duty and reserve service members, Medal of Honor recipients and wounded warriors, among others, with troops overseas participating via video. The other ball, simply being called the Inaugural Ball, will be larger than usual and held across all the halls in the vast convention center. Some tickets will be available to the public. For Obama’s first inauguration, six balls were held in the convention center.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is putting on the parties with donated funds, has yet to announce ticket information or details on talent that will perform at the celebrations. The president and first lady plan to attend both official balls, per tradition. Several other unofficial balls are being planned across Washington during inaugural weekend, giving Obama’s supporters plenty of opportunity to celebrate albeit without their president in attendance.
The inaugural committee also is planning a children’s concert on Sunday, Jan. 19, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, as part of their ongoing effort to support military families. Mrs. Obama also attended a kids’ concert in 2009 with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, and similar events were held for the inaugurations of Bush and President Bill Clinton. Next month’s concert, also being held at the convention center, will honor children and spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces and feature popular young artists to be announced. Continue reading,/a>…
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