Eva Longoria lands inauguration role
December 6th, 2012
04:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Eva Longoria lands inauguration role

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's second inauguration will again include a "national day of service" and his inaugural committee includes honorary chairman roles for the four living ex-presidents, the committee announced Thursday.

Obama's public inauguration events will take place on Monday, January 21, 2013, though he will be officially sworn in for his second term of office on January 20. The U.S. Constitution specifies a presidential term begins at noon on January 20th. The public events however will be held the next day because the 20th is a Sunday.

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Officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority have predicted as many as 800,000 people will use public transportation on inauguration and the preceding two days, a drop from the 1.5 million people WMATA said it transported around the last inauguration in 2009.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush will serve as honorary co-chairmen of the weekend. The event chairs include top officials of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Actress Eva Longoria, a co-chairwoman of his campaign, and former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, the national finance chairman of Obama's campaign, will serve as co-chairs of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. They will be joined by Jane Stetson, the national finance chairwoman of the DNC, and Frank White, who served on the Obama administration's National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises.

Several top staffers from Obama's campaign will lead key aspects of inaugural weekend events.

His campaign manager, Jim Messina, will head the inaugural parade, while campaign deputies will lead efforts such as the national day of service, inaugural balls.

On the Saturday before his inauguration, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and members of each of their families will participate in a national day of service. They will encourage "Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities," the committee said.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Robert Yoon contributed to this report


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    I love the picture. One of my favorite actresses with our best president since Clinton. I miss Ms. Longoria on Desperate Housewives and can't wait for her next series. :-)

    December 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. DENNA

    @Odumbama

    I didn't know he divorced Michelle.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    LOL I love your screen name. You ARE bitter aren't you? Well just deal with it. Barack Obama was the choice of the people and, frankly, I am glad to be on the side of someone like Eva Longoria, rather than that sad Clint Eastwood or the vicious Ted Nugent. (shudder)

    December 7, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Once again The President will take the oath of office, look to see if his fingers are crossed. The Oath states he follow the Constitution, and the first thinkg he is trying to do is not follow the 14th amendment. The oath of office is a joke to im and others onthe Hill.

    December 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. jpmichigan

    The oath of office doesn't really mean much to certain individuals for they don't take the Consitution to heart.

    December 7, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. buckeye1

    Yeah, DENNA, because we all know that Eva Longoria is such a wonderful role model. And lady, obummer was the choice of HALF OF AMERICA. And you might want to look at the map and see ALL THE RED. The man did not win by a landslide. DEAL WITH THAT!

    December 7, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. sifto

    only a few of the super-rich have said they want a tax hike...not those of us who are just over the 250k..we will all be on the dole because he is taking away our hard earned money to give "gifts " to people who refuse to work..good luck with the jobs, obama supporters–there will be no new tax revenues because us job creators will be gone....where will you be then ?.

    December 7, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. buckeye1

    obama is going to have to spend the next four years paying back all of his rich hollywood cronies. Sad and pathetic.

    December 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. sifto

    why is he always hugging women?

    December 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. sifto

    its pretty easy to say you want to pay more taxes when you are a multi millionaire–not so much for those of us who have family incomes just above 250k

    December 7, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. lyn

    Great job you have done for all women Eva, and God bless our President Obama.

    December 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. marty

    There will be less people at the President's inauguration because the others are at home busy counseling their political adversaries who are having a difficult time "getting over" the election that they lost.

    December 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Marc

    @sifto: Really? You make just over $250k and you're worried about your taxes going up? Do you not know that if you make for example $275K, that only $25K of your $275K salary will be taxed at a higher rate? Somehow I don't think you make over $250K because I think you would be aware of how you're being taxed.

    December 7, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Dave

    Higher taxes for the rich you say? Those that make over 250,000.00 I don't make anything close to that, but if I did, how would I feel? Let's just say we broke it down by increments of 10,000.00. The government requires those that make $10k a year to pay less tax than those that earn 20k...and so on. So, regardless of how much one spends on education (degrees)..licenses (doctors/lawyers)...we tax them more even though their school loans are higher and the costs of obtaining those positions are substanially greater. What's fair is fair. Taxes should be the same for everyone. If it's 5%...then it's 5%.

    December 7, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Concerned Voter

    @ Marc, in current law (Affordable Care Act) there are several new taxes that affect certain incomes from $0 – $250k if you exceed the $250k threshold. This is just the beginning of a slow drip, don't think for a second that the middle class is safe. That's where the real pain will be felt, and you can count on this administration going there. They will also dissolve Medicare into Obamacare. Mark my words.

    December 7, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @buckeye1
    And you might want to look at the map and see ALL THE RED
    -------------------------------------------------
    We saw the map. What's your point? Romney still lost even with ALL THE RED.
    You might want to look at the map and see how RED TURNED TO BLUE.
    YOUR President won by a landslide of elctoral and popular votes that translated into a mandate and an a butt-whipping of epic proportions.
    Ann-Antoinette had to have an intervention she is so distraught.
    Need a hankie?!
    LOL!!!

    December 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon the typos etc. I'm at work sneaking....lol!

    December 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Data Driven

    "ALL THE RED"

    Fine, you win, Romney totally won the acres.

    Meanwhile, 323-204 EVs equals Not Even Close.

    December 7, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Data Driven

    "ALL THE RED"

    Fine, you win, Romney totally won the acres.

    Meanwhile, 323-204 EVs equals Not Even Close.
    ---–

    too bad Buckeye doesn't know that ALL THE RED means a bunch of states with more cattle than people. Since the GOP was trying to enact voter fraud, maybe some of those cattle DID vote

    December 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Meanwhile, 323-204 EVs equals Not Even Close
    -------------------------------------------------
    Make that 332-204 electoral votes.
    (He might need therapy now Data Driven!).

    December 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Angie

    @buckeye1
    BOY you still cryin'. LOL. I LOVE IT!! ALL YOU BITTER OLE FARTS HATING THAT OBAMA GOT RE-ELECTED. They're may of been alot of red across that board but don't mean a hell a beans. It's the electoral votes that count, and the last I check he not only WON by a whopping 362 electoral to lil ole Mitts 200 plus. He won the Popular votes as well. Why don't you except the fact that Obama's campaign pulled out a can of whipp ass on your boy Mitt. LOL

    December 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The man did not win by a landslide. DEAL WITH THAT!"

    Not to be too picky and all, but, yeah ... he did win by a EV landslide. More so than your buddy Bush won in his second term and even HE shucked and swaggered back in the day declaring "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." Just a little something for you to deal with, yes?

    But do keep your Red states talking points for now ... soon those states will be going Blue as well.

    December 7, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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