January 1st, 2009
01:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama to host Commander-in-Chief's ball

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is set to host the Commander-in-Chief's inaugural ball, an event that honors the country's active duty and reserve military.

It's a tradition that started in 2005 by President Bush, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Invited guests will include Purple Heart recipients, families of fallen heroes, and spouses of deployed military, the committee said.

The ball is set to be held at the National Building Museum on January 20.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. annie

    ALL THIS WASTED MONEY that could be spent to help the people that are losing their jobs and their homes.

    What a WASTE!

    January 1, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. TCM

    Commander in Chief...of what? He couldn't command a string of french fry machines at Burger King....his leadership begins and ends with a newspaper from a liberal college....GOOD JOB libs, putting the trust of the nation, the world's mightiest military in the hands of someone that goes out of his way to condemn firearm rights for honest citizens, refuses to recognize our flag, refuses to visit wounded troops abrood unless the press can photograph him...yeah, great selection, if you want to see our country slip further from a world power into a 3rd world nation. It's already prevelant with the sale of OBama T-shirts on every street corner of every hood in the country.
    We've sunk to a new low as a nation for electing someone, who on a regular basis, showed his contempt and hatred for what this country was built on, and still got elected.....you'll see. Go ahead and defend him libs; you're the folks that will have to "get over it," once you see what the real agenda will bring to your door.

    January 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. walker

    I sometimes wonder how obama cuold achieve this postion as he has today , it makes me happey and america can not longer sees as place for certain group.

    January 1, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Proud American

    Will the previous Idiot Commander in Chief be invited?

    January 1, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    Thank you Mr. Obama.

    January 1, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Godluvr

    This ball, and the one to be hosted by the Stafford Foundation, will be the best of all. I salute you again President Obama, and Mr. Stafford. It is worth noting that it was visionary of President Bush to start such a ball. He did something right.

    January 1, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Susie

    That's nice. Now let's stop sending billions of dollars to Israel that they use to buy weapons to kill Palestinians with! And let's bring the troops home so we don't have to give out any more Purple Hearts! And let's get out of all the places we are not wanted, and spend some money on infrastructure jobs and getting this country out of the hole GWB is throwing us into.

    January 1, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    Okay... 🙂

    January 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Michael J,

    One of the few good traditions President Bush started.

    January 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    How can something be an "tradition" when it's only taken place once, as part of Bush's second inauguration??? It's a wonderful event, obviously....but a "tradition"?? Please, choose your words more carefully, not only in a puff piece like this but in all your reporting. This is an excellent example of the media using words that imply something very different than reality...I don't trust anything reported by any news outlet anymore – they all use language to intentionally manipulate the readers perception (and increase reader/viewership!)

    January 1, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Steve

    Re: "It's a tradition that started in 2005." The date indicates that it has happened just once. No comment on the event's merits, but it is clearly NOT a tradition. Traditions happen more than once, and whoever does it the second time – in this case, Obama – makes it a tradition. That is, by doing this Obama is turning it into a tradition.

    January 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. THE OLD TIMER

    he leaves a lot to be desired

    January 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Michael J, January 1st, 2009 4:22 pm ET

    One of the few good traditions President Bush started.

    YEAH ONE OF THE FEW GOOD THINGS, VERY FEW WILL REMEMBER THIS...

    January 1, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. CLINTON

    Michael J, January 1st, 2009 4:22 pm ET

    One of the few good traditions President Bush started.

    YEAH ONE OF THE FEW GOOD TRADITIONS, VERY FEW WILL REMEMBER THIS...

    January 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. 19 Days To Go

    TCM: You are the most bitter, ill informed person on this blog. Wahat a sad existance you must have and such a poor opinion of the 53% of the population who voted for him and the 70% who support him thus far. Bodes well for legislation and his re election if all of these people are "libs".

    January 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Sherrol in Canada

    @TCM at 3:47pm....................

    Boy, you sure are exhibiting some very strange behaviours, what's the matter dear, a wee bit bitter?

    Your off beat and mostly factless rants are becoming more and more frequent and quite frankly, I'm beginning to fear for your health.

    Take a few deep breaths, take your fingers off the keyboard, sit back, close your eyes and count to ten.......There, better??

    January 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Peggy the Unemployed

    TCM, please give an example where Obama showed his hatred for this country or showed disrespect for the flag. I was taught to put my hand over my heart while saying the pledge, but to stand at respectful attention while the National Anthem was played. I don't think he has done anything differently. Your ranting makes little sense otherwise.

    January 1, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Griff

    Don't you mean "Ghost"? Democrats used him.... He is just another Piece of Furniture: in the Whitehouse...

    January 1, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Linda from Minnesota

    TCM – If Obama sleeps through the next four years, he will be a greater leader than the current occupant of the white house. Your party lost and you'll have to deal with it. How do you think we libs felt for the last 8 years? Your turn now.

    January 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Linda Strite

    Just trying to find out what the broadcast times are for january 20th-the days festivities. Can't seem to find the CNN TV times, etc.
    Thanks, Linda

    January 1, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Geno

    Annie,
    The troops give more than anyone and those who were injured especially deserve this. So do you not attend parties or spend money on yourself and give YOUR money to help others? There are something that aren't necessary, but some are to honor those who truly deserve it. So put a cork in it.

    January 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Mom who will eventually say told you so

    Isn't he spending enough of our taxpayer's money with the inaugural events? I wonder how much money will be spent once his inauguration is over!

    January 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. L.V.

    As black people we used to live by that old "Boyz In The Hood" movie line that said "there aint no place for a black man in a white man's army" well... we cant say that anymore...I think it is time for us to serve!!!!

    January 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Glad I'm retired from the service. I consider this a slap in the face.

    January 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Meka

    OF COURSE BUSH HAD TO DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE MILITARY. . . AFTER HE SENT SO MANY TROOPS TO THEIR DEATH!

    WHY DID IT TAKE 9/11, FOR ANY PRESIDENT TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR OUR MILITARY. THE TROOPS ARE STILL BEING MISTREATED BY OUR CITIZENS, AFTER RETURNING FROM IRAQ!

    AMERICA, STILL HAS MANY FOOLISH HEARTS AMONG US!

    January 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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