January 5th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
9 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. Proud American

    I just thought of something, Republicans lost to a black man, with a middle name Hussien...lolololololololololololololol That speaks volumes, what a bunch of Idiots.

    January 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Flash news

    @TCM,I love to watch the limbaugh following bigots squirm the closer we get,thanks you make my day.

    January 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. liz

    Some of the comments posted here must have been done so in order to solicit an angry response......I refuse to believe that some people are just that bitter and well.......stupid!?

    January 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Proud American

    The true racist, bigoted republican comes out when they lose. Funny thing is a complete Idiot has been in the white house for the past 8 years.

    January 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    Mike-Syracuse.....Come to the hood and ask that question.....You're probably some big fat scaredy cat.....lol

    January 5, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. BOO

    This is so hard for "some" Americans to accept!

    January 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Karl

    TCM – um...did you just crawl out from under a rock, where you had been for the last 8 years?


    January 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    General election was 53% Obama 46% for McCain hardly my idea of "barely" winning the popular vote.

    January 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. MM

    To those of you who are still angry about the election...when the first tax reductions come into effect...send them BACK, in protest. Let's see how many of you do it, after all you are people of principle, aren't you? Yeah, right.

    January 5, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. arc, Lugano CH

    Mike, Syracuse NY January 5th, 2009 1:36 pm ET
    If they're inviting the boys from the 'hood, I hope they have lots of metal detectors.
    Why don't you go to the ball and say that at the front door of the DC Convention Center?

    You'd run like a coward from anyone who doesn't look like you.

    January 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Note to TMC:

    Acorn was NOT about voter fraud. It was about voter registration fraud.
    There is a difference but only recognized by those of us intelligent to see the difference.

    January 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Joyce

    Mike in Syracuse:

    GET OVER IT!!!! Our President-Elect is black and there's nothing you can do about it

    January 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Derek (Portland, OR)

    Where do the proceeds go?

    January 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. MikeH

    Mike of Syracuse, you and all the other MOSSAD Agents in America need to be rounded up as enemies of the state and sent back to Israel.

    January 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Bell

    I keep wondering if this site only allowed decent entries, would this comment section be empty? A lot of you should have learned that if you don't have anything good to say- keep your mouth shut.

    January 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. a new year

    i don't think a 500 dollar tax cut will do much good to fix our economy, it's not even a bandaid, it's more like pouring iodine on the cut, it only makes it hurt worse. have fun at all your parties.

    January 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. jean in MN

    Give it up TCM et al. Why don't all you nuts wait until you actually have something concrete to gripe about? Although I do not expect that we will ever hear anything positive from you if Obama's tax cuts, etc. POSITIVELY affect you, your employer, state or this country.

    January 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Linda32

    Mike, its sounds like you haven't been to DC in a long while. Don't hate because Obama is opening this up to the public......you know the people he works for.

    January 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    A win does not go in the books as "BARELY WON THE ELECTIO". It goes in the books as a WIN or a LOSS. Pres Elect Obama will not BARELY be a President. He will not Barely be a world leader. He will not BARLEY be your President. HE WILL BE THE PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

    Get over it TCM. Everyone did not vote for him but he IS going to be the President of all and that includes you so why don't you join others that voted and didn't vote for him as we try to turn this nation around to get us out of this mess we are in. If you cannot do that at the least you might sit quietly on the side lines and allow others of us to make an effort to turn around this nation.

    January 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    Mike, Syracuse, NY:
    Some of your comments show the reason why the Republican Party is so deep in the "toilet" that using a plunger would only pull up more "shlt"...get a life...the way things are today, not only will they need medal detectors for this event, he will probably need them for all his events...with all the dead of night "white sheet" wearers crawling out from under their rocks, he will undoubtedly feel more secure in this situation surrounded by "folks" that need medal detectors. He probably wouldn't be safe walking around in a room full of your kind of folks, which by the way you are talking, are polite "white sheet wearing" southern "gentlemen" who have a perverted and racist view of people who do not look or sound like themselves....

    January 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. flybyshoeing

    TCM, you must have missed the story about the Bush Secretary of the Interior that just spent 245,000.00 of your tax dollars to redo his office bathroom which include a refrigerator, freezer, imported tile and wood panneling.

    January 5, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Jim

    It's really too bad that Obamna doesn't considering honoring the military as that important, since they're snubbing the "Commander-in-Chief's Ball", dedicated to our armed forces. Apparently they're not longer "premier" enough for the Obamas.

    January 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. forrest kimbrough

    while bush was in office it was nothing but praise as he used the constitution for toilet paper and sat back and watched the country go down the tubes........so now it's cheap racist remarks and can't quite figure out how to get a republican in any office..keep crying it is working great for the dems

    January 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Mississippi Girl

    To TCM, If your forefathers would be ashamed of what has happened to this country, who would the be ASHAMED of: Certainly you don't blame President Elect Obama? you idiot. If he is ousted as you say in 4 years and you get your GOPback in then and only then will your forefathers truly be afraid.

    January 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Denise....Boardman, Ohio


    Do you understand that President Obama was NOT the one who got the Nation into the economic mess so anything that he does to try to resolve this mess should be applauded by all Americans...until PE Obama does something that incurs your wrath, why don't you try to at least be quiet....President Bush has NOT said or did anything in the last 6(six) months to try and help RESOLVE this National crisis, AND HE IS PRESIDENT!!!!!! Bush & Co., have known for years that this crisis was approaching and have sat back and watched and LIED about the "fundalmentals of our economy" saying that it "is strong"...if you are angry at anyone, you should be angry at President Bush & his Republican "sidekicks"....but guess what, that would be too much like "right" for you blinded mice to do, now wouldn't it?

    January 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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