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. Jeff in Illinois

    I wonder if all of the $20-50k income range Republicans are going to be upset about the $500 tax credit Obama is proposing, since it benefits individuals, instead of the extremely wealthy. Normally, these people are only supportive of those who make decisions against their interests.

    January 5, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. JM

    They'll be serving mad dog and cheap beer.

    January 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. jrzshor

    given the price of a "good" inaugural ball, i guess my rebate in fact has no real value.

    January 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Proud American

    America our national 8 year nightmare is almost over. For one night lets forget about all the problems republicans will be handing us and have a nice Jan. 20th.

    January 5, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. BJ

    Can you imagine the line at the metal detectors?

    January 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. obama-mama

    This is just so exciting. I feel like a kid at Christmas. So proud of my first family.

    January 5, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Kenneth

    Obama needs to include taking away tax incentives (or just charging them some how) from companies who ship existing American jobs overseas. Some American companies have gone buck wild about using cheaper overseas labor. I understand the right to make more money, but American companies need to also become more patriotic about keeping Americans employed here and letting some of that always fighting to increase net income go.

    January 5, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. HouseDiva

    It looks like it's going to be an awesome occasion. i wish i could attend the ball.

    January 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. naqib

    Jeff in Illinois...
    You must have enjoyed the two 600 dollar credits Bush gave you!

    Don't forget Obama's proposed 600 Billion for the wealthy... some democrat eh? You get 500 bucks... they get 600 Billion...

    January 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    lol that was a good one Jeff !! you forgot to add the $250,000 buisness write off as weel (up 100,000) lol

    What type of entertainment is being offered? Acapella? Love to go if they are singing....

    January 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. TCM

    Wrong, Obama. It's not a night for all Americans. You barely won the popular vote, and in 4 yrs when you're ousted, that will be a night for all Americans. For the Americans who worked and saved and paid their bills, as respectable citizens do, its a sad occasion when the lazy lib slackers of this country create a big enough wave of corruption, via ACORN, to allow someone in the White House that wants to provide entitlements to the extent it will break the back of the country...what happened to initiative? Working for a living? Making your own way? Instead of sitting back and waiting for the government handout? Our forefathers would be ashamed of what this country's become.

    January 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. common sense

    Hey JM

    What do you know about Mad Dog or cheap beer? Oh yeah you wouldn't because you fall into the tax bracket that can afford the expensive libations. ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    January 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Tim

    The nights premiere event will be at my house, where I will be watching something other than the circus.

    January 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Lee in Oregon

    The "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball" is yet another way that shows President-Elect Obama will be a president for all Americans. There is no doubt he will be a great president.....January 20 can't come soon enough!! The world is anxiously awaiting for that day also.

    January 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. TCM

    Jeff in illinois...where's the shortfall going to come from? Print more money?

    Proud American...you're kidding right? The Dem Congress is the group that screwed the country...and now a puppet's going into play for them...the nightmare begins 20 Jan....

    Obamamama – Santa's not real, neither is Obama.

    January 5, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If they're inviting the boys from the 'hood, I hope they have lots of metal detectors.

    January 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Virginia

    Can't wait to see how everyone is dressed-will all of those "neighbors" get to wear designer dresses like the Mrs. and kids? Or can they come in their Sunday best? Will be interesting–the elite with the common man.

    January 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Steph

    It sounds like an amazing event! And JM, BJ and Mike...you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    January 5, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. cal

    Mike in Syracuse and TCM

    You losers are pathetic. As I read your blogs I am LMAO. medal detectors, well duh!! of course they will have them whether boys in the hood come or not, LOL It's the stupid ignorant commets like this that shows how stupid people are, stop hating Obama is the president so deal with, morons. LOL

    January 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. HelpTheAmericanPeople

    Its about Time and TCM go stick your head in a hole and stay their with your anti Obama comments .
    You GOPers of the Rightwing lost this election.

    People in this country work hard for the moeny and Obama is not giving anyone a handout .

    In other countries Like Sweden or Denmark working people have more paid vacation time called Holidays.

    The Govenment actually pays people to take Holidays what a great idea instead of spending billions of dollars on Was like Bush did.

    TCM Bush supported Wall Street over Main Street enough is enough.

    Wake up the World is changing and Obama is our next President and four years from now will again be our President.

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Nick

    You might want to rethink your statement, TCM.

    Mr. Obama won the popular vote by nearly 10 million votes, it was the 6th largest margin of vitory in the history of the country. Pretty good, in everyone's opinion.Try again in EIGHT years, best of luck.

    January 5, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Paul McDaniel, Jr.

    A good idea!

    January 5, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Lillie

    Mr. President, you're the best!!! I'm so happy to be alive to witness a true inclusive PRESIDENT! Our nation deserves YOU!!!

    January 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Rob R

    TCM...to use Bush's term.."it was a thumpin'"...this new train is moving with or without you...so quit moaning and get on board and get to work for ALL AMERICA....

    January 5, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Mike, Syracuse NY = Wow are your parents out of prison already? What a Idiot. What's funny you Idiots don't have a clue as to why your losers.

    January 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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