January 5th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Inauguration committee announces night’s ‘premier’ event

The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball will take place at the Washington Convention Center, pictured above.
The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball will take place at the Washington Convention Center, pictured above.

(CNN) – The Obama inauguration committee announced Monday that the president-elect will host the first "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball,” a celebration they’re plugging as the night’s “premier event.”

Tickets for the ball will be free or sold at reduced prices, according to the committee. The event will be held at the Washington Convention Center, with a bloc of tickets reserved for the city’s residents.

"This is an Inauguration for all Americans," the president-elect said in a statement released by the committee this morning. "I wanted to make sure that we had an event that would be open to our new neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., and also neighborhoods across the country. Michelle and I look forward to joining our fellow Americans across the country during this very special event."

The event will also be broadcast over the Web, with an interactive element for those unable to attend in person that will link the celebration to neighborhood balls across the country. The committee said further information about ticket distribution would be released shortly.

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. I understand this is a big deal

    but I am not really getting into this, there is really too much to do, but celebrate as we go and remember to celebrate the accomplishments as we go, we have as a country a lot of mess to fix from the Bush years

    January 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Susie

    TCM, In case you hadn't noticed, George Bush never worked a day in his life for anything. He got into college on his name, made C's, avoided the military, was given a baseball team and oil company which he ruined, ran for Governor, was GIVEN the Presidency by the Supreme Court after LOSING the popular vote, was again given the Presidency due to voting irregularities in Ohio that Kerry chose not to challenge...and you're whining about Obama?
    I pay my bills on time too, but I have empathy for those folks whose jobs are gone and are struggling. No one is GIVING away your tax dollars except GWB, who is squandering all our money in Iraq. Be mad at HIM.

    January 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Barbara in Louisiana

    Rev. Warren has been talked about as "a best selling author". I have his book THE PURPOSE DRIVEN. Guess what, I did not go to a book store and purchase it. I was contacted by phone by a religious group (his?) and offered the book free, not even shipping charges. It is time we get smart and start asking who, when, where and why again! And as to Jeb Bush running for President – I lived in Florida for 7 years, it was a pleasure to see him and the crook E. Clay Shaw voted out.

    January 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Chris in MI

    TCM...Boy, you sure know how to put a damper on things. Get over it. It's the inauguration, we have one every 4yrs, it's a big celebration and alot of money is spent putting it together. So take your meds, curl up in a fetal position in the corner and wait until when you have something to complain about. For God's sake, the man hasn't even taken the oath yet! Some of you people are so depressing! Lighten up!
    And Mike from Syracuse, NY...What a stupid, racist comment.

    January 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. H-ROD

    BUSH WAS A FAKE CAMMANDER IN CHIEF ALL HE DID WAS GET A LOT BRAVE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEM KILLED FOR NO REASON IN IN THE WORLDS BIGGEST HIEST THE BIGGEST STICKUP OF ALL TIME!!! OBAMA KEEP YOUR PROMISE AND BRING THOSE TROOPS HOME GET THEM OUT OF THERE AS FAST AS YOU CAN ONE BILLION A WEEK AND COUNTING

    January 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Hammer

    The world is falling down arounr our ears and they are worried about a "gala inauguration". Really concerned about the state of affairs.

    January 5, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Jim obviously missed the story that the Commander-in-Chief ball was one of the first balls the Transition team confirmed that PE Obama would be attending .. and that he would be inviting hundreds of service personnel, wounded warriors and military family members to attend.

    If you're going to carp about Obama's supposed slights, at least get your story right. Or are you just sore that you didn't get an invitation?

    January 5, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Maggie from Virginia

    The closer we get to the inauguration, the nastier the nay-sayers get. This is absolutely hilarious.

    January 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. THE OLD TIMER

    Who would watch this guy get sworn in,,,, Maybe just to watch and see what will happen on this dreadful night in the history of the U S A

    January 5, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. DAVE IN CA

    who the hell is going to pay for all this crap....... with such a financial crisis we are in the middle of how much of this bill is the tax payer going to pay for..... i guess the second coming of JESUS is among us.... i think his good buddy OPRAH should forgo buying her house in D.C. and use that money to pay for this fiasco..

    January 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Amber

    You couldn't pay me to go to this ghetto event. Ugh...the thought of him as President makes me ill. This man is NOT by any means qualified for this job.

    January 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    May the power go out.

    January 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Kevin B

    TCM-The folks you state are waiting for entitlements" are not the ones you need to loose sleep over. It is the one's that have busy robbing us of our 401k value and the banks and insurance companys getting tons 'o' cash from the current administration.

    "We are not a red america, or a blue america, we are the United States of America" BHO.

    The quote above; is the real essence of what our founding fathers created.

    January 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Linda in MS

    To TCM: Same old crappy hateful drivel, new day. Don't you know you sound like a scratched record? Why do you persist in repeating the same inane comments over and over again? Every liberal I know, including myself and my husband, have jobs or careers, pay taxes, donate to charity groups. Most of the liberals I know have college degrees, and many have post-graduate degrees as well. You are pathetic.

    January 5, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. TCM

    jean in MN – something concrete? Well, they've come up with plenty and the media, along with the corrupt regime of Obama have suppressed all contra Obama stories....you idiot libs will regret the day, don't worry. So many stupid people in this country, it's ashame one soldier had to die to defend such ignorance as you liberal morons display here.....

    By the way, JEAN, where will the money come from when tax cuts are made...to pay the bills the taxes were paying? You libs can't see past the end of your entitlement noses...Obama's going to tax and spend this country into divide...get ready....I am.

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Alice Cravens

    I will now gladly make my contribution to the expected (and soon to be regulated) American suffering by having my TV cable and Internet unplugged for the next 4 years. This will make Obama/Biden happy that I have saved so much money by not watching them on TV or reading CNN articles about the wonders they will surely perform.

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. TCM

    H-Rod, do you know that more money is spent on illegals than on the war? Also, Cammander is spelled Commander, and hiest is spelled heist.....Finally, to further show you're ignorant, had Bush not taken the war to them, they'd have executed further terrorist attacks on our soil....so, any and all of you libs that think Bush did wrong, perhaps he did in many areas, however, he's kept our soil safe. Obama wants to "negotiate," with terrorists. What he fails to realize is it's about religion, and they're radicals...sorta like ACORN folks; there's no rationalizing with them. You're going to reap what you've sown; and soon we'll have further economic problems, social divide, and will look ripe for the picking for encroaching countries....such idiots liberals are; endangering us all, even their own children, for the cause of their own selfishness....

    January 5, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. TCM

    JIM – you're so right. Out of all the things that flew around during the election; one of the major reasons I'd never vote for this guy is his refusal to visit our wounded trips during his ONE overseas trip, unless the media could accompany him and photograph him....what a loser! That's spitting in the face of our military personnel...not one of them should have voted for him.

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. christi

    To TCM:

    What a sore loser! Obama "barely" won the popular vote? What planet have you been on? Lazy lib slackers and ACORN? Perhaps, TCM, you should read how YOUR candidate supported ACORN right down the line. Again, I repeat, you must be a sore loser. There are many people out there that are proud to have someone new in the White House with new ideas as opposed to the same old whining by people like you concerning handouts...there have been handouts...TO THE RICH.

    January 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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