January 6th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
14 years ago

‘Youth Inaugural Ball’ to celebrate young Americans’ service

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.getty.obama.youth.jpg caption="Young Americans turned out in record number to vote in the 2008 presidential election."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has added more inaugural balls to his list, taking the total number of celebratory events to ten.

The President-elect will host a Youth Inaugural Ball, five Regional balls, and inaugural events for his home states of Illinois and Hawaii on January 20, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Tuesday.

The Youth Inaugural Ball is intended for individuals aged 18-35 and will be held to focus on young Americans and their service to their communities. The regional balls, an inaugural tradition, and the celebrations in Illinois and Hawaii will be held for invited guests only.

"This is America's inaugural celebration in every way," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "Young people are more engaged in this country's future than ever before and we want to harness that excitement by inviting them to participate in this historic occasion. In that same vein, we are hosting events to bring people from all walks of life and from across the country – from the President-elect and Vice President-elect's home states, as well as every corner of the nation – to celebrate this country's unity moving forward."

President-elect Obama and VP-elect Joe Biden will attend all ten inauguration events.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Inauguration • Joe Biden
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Scott NYC Independent

    Since PE Obama's successful landslide electoral college win; I love saying that, his transition team has been accepting donations from Obama supporters for all inaugural events. You see one thing about Obama supporters that was lacking in every other candidates campaign – we put our money where our mouth is. We gave to him generously because he spent our money wisely and in ways we approved of. Unlike other unnamed candidates that use money to launch deceptive and misleading negative ads. I made a donation but I don't care for crowds however, if you were to attend I would sincerely hope that you have a great time. Its on us – his supporters, so you don't have to worry about where the money is coming from.

    January 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. 18 year old voter from Jersey

    Gina, "Mr. Bush" is still our president so refer to him as president Bush. You do not have to respect the man, but respect the position. As much as it pains me, I will say president Obama until the next inauguration day.

    And for all of you who are still feeling the need to put republicans down for their political beliefs, all I have to say is this. For all the hate spewing out of liberals for the last 6 months, you're in no place to talk about hate, fear, or division. You all showed your hate and agism hourly, you employed the fear tactic by shouting how mccain would start world war 3, and by making the comments you guys do about us you show that we are still too divided. Wanna solve the problems in our country? Try working together with us instead of putting republicans down all the time. We feel exactly the same about you as you do about us, but you don't see us going out of our way to make sure everyone knows it.

    Hope? yeah right.

    January 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Scott NYC Independent

    For all of you that seemed to have missed the segment of your local or cable news last week; PE Obama has released a list of over 550 thousand supporters that donated to his inaugural events. I was one of them and I'm sure none of you are really concerned about my balance sheet so stop hating.

    January 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Steph

    For those who are complaining about Obama and the number of events...this is the same number of inaugural balls Regan had, four less than Clinton, and only one more than Bush had in '04. Obama has already released the list of people who donated the money for the events. So, get over it already! Hope won. Time to celebrate!

    January 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. clifford

    The youth voters (18 to 29) know nothing about politics!! see (how Obama got elected.com)

    January 6, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. CutlassW-31

    If I'm not mistaken, the "official balls" may be funded with taxpayer's money, but out of the huge list of balls being thrown, only 10 are "official" – I'll be at The Green Inaugural Ball (not Gore's because, sadly, that one IS invitation only) but the one at Mellon Auditorium is open to the public.


    January 6, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Janice

    Great idea. And by the way these events are paid by donations. Mine included, twice.

    January 6, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Sue

    The "Young Americans" who have done service for this country wear military uniforms, not these silly college kids whose parents paid for their trips to DC to drink and dance with you. You are so foolish, Obama, to try to equate college life and getting started with a career to military service where people put their lives on line for the country with very little reward.

    January 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. carol

    That is wonderful, there were so many young people out on the campaign trail for PE Obama and it's nice to see some recognition for them.....he is someone they look up to and he has inspired so many.
    It will be a great honor for them all and I just want them to have a great time on such an historic occasion and one they can share with their children and grandchildren down the road.

    January 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. A Canuck

    Mr. Obama goes to Washington.......he has taken a fork in the road.....and life will never be the same for him or his family. It is both sad and exciting.....I wish him well and may God watch over them.

    January 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Kevin B

    PE Obama has his work cut out for him, yet it is not allabout him, it is about everyday americans and what we are willing to do to repair the mess left in the wake of the last administration.

    The bottom line is that we are not a red or blue america, liberal or conservative america

    We are the United States of America !

    Fortunately the majority of youth today understand this concept more than their elders

    January 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |

    all the dumbies get to look at what will be the ruination of America. They all helped get this jack- elected

    January 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. P. Y.

    It really is amazing how stupid, whinny and racist some of the bloggers on this site are. First of all, if you can only complain about CNN why do you blog on their site? Go somewhere else. 2nd, I never heard of anybody being hired to criticize the spelling and/or the English of bloggers on the site. If you feel everyone is below you then why aggravate yourself and keep coming back to the site to see all of the mistakes being made. 3rd, learn the real facts before making statements. Why are there so many highly intelligent people out there, brilliant about EVERYTHING in the world, with time on their hands to spend many hours a day on blog sites?
    As for Obama's inaugural balls, he deserves whatever he decides to have, to celebrate. People like me are paying for these celebrations, not the tax payers. With the mess he has inherited his celebrations will be short lived.
    Wake up America and support this man whether you voted for him or not. As for the idiots, shut up.

    January 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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