January 6th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
13 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. Mari

    Great idea! We need to encourage our youth to serve their Nation!


    January 6, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. 18 year old voter from Jersey

    talk about full of himself...

    January 6, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    Looking good!!! I hope everyone can appreciate what I believe PE Obama is trying to achieve, that of showing his appreciation for the young americans who supported him so passionately during his campaign. In doing so he hopes to continue to keep their support and keep them engaged.

    I salute you Sir, Pres-elect Obama.

    January 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. ree

    Who is paying for all this? Sure hope it's not us. I can't afford it. Obama should pay with all his money that he has left over from his campaign.

    January 6, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. J.P..

    Ah yes, the first annual meeting of the Hitler Youths.

    January 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Kevin B

    This is a great idea and will excite the youth into seeing their interested are represented the political process going forward

    Enough of the tired old men running the nation based on thier greedy, myopic world view.

    Once again, way to go team Obama !

    January 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Jazz

    This is a good thing but how will they attend all sessions and make their own?

    January 6, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    WOOOHOOO!! I'm still considered a youngster!!
    On another note I think this along with the Military Family Inauguration Ball and the Nieghborhood Inauguration Ball are fantastic ideas!

    January 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Mike, Syracuse NY

    What happened to the ball that was supposed to honor the military?

    January 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Nimi from NY

    I love it. I wish I could be there.

    January 6, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. AJ

    He'll keep adding events so that folks can go and feed his ego.

    January 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    FUN, FUN, FUN!

    January 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. naqib

    Nice... some of us are hurting due to this economy... and he's throwing 10 parties at our expense. Way to be in touch with the people... same circus... brand new clowns.

    January 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Larry

    I say these guy's have no balls!!! Save the money ,we're going to need it !

    January 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Sherrol in Canada

    Where did my previous comment go????

    January 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Virginia

    How are all these celebrations for all people when the newly elected elitist government makes all these balls "by invitation only". I figured that there would be more openness. Is this a way to make sure that only certain people attend?

    January 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. arc, Lugano CH

    J.P.. January 6th, 2009 12:20 pm ET
    Ah yes, the first annual meeting of the Hitler Youths.
    I wasn't aware that the Young Republicans were hosting a ball.

    Forget the silly Ball, life-winner, you'd probably feel more at home hanging effigies of President Elect Obama from trees like your kind does in KY.

    Tu es un imbecile.

    January 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Gina

    These events are paid for through donations to his inaugration and a standard amount allotted from the taxpayers for every new president. Please do some research before you make "uninformed" comments.

    Mr. Obama is our new president, whether you voted for him or not. It would do everyone well to wish him the best for our nation/world. If he fails, we fail. I think that has been proven with Mr. Bush. Look for the positive and hope that the Obama administration learns from the negative.

    January 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Kevin B

    Wow, the bitterness here is palpable, these events are not coming from tax payers but private donations.

    Mari- your right; hope won out over fear, division and hatred !!

    Some of you need to try to be more optimistic regarding the future of the nation, otherwise you do the terrorist work for them. Surely we have all had enough of the present administrations failures, Bush and co have set the bar so low thast Obama's administration can not do any worse.

    January 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    The country is on the brink of a depression and it's time to have a multitude of parties? any excuse will do? Obama continues with his foolishness: give the kiddies what they want so they will continue to support him. Make sure they get everything they want.

    January 6, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. JOHN

    I've never seen hatred and negativity produce anything positive. Sorry those who are offended by Obama!

    January 6, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. HouseDiva

    yea..i'm a youth! 🙂

    January 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Uncle Fester

    J.P.. January 6th, 2009 12:20 pm ET

    Ah yes, the first annual meeting of the Hitler Youths

    I'm afraid you have the wrong party JP

    January 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Scott NYC Independent

    PE Obama and VPE Biden will attend all "10" of the balls. OMG, I would not like to be either one of these guys the morning after. Not to mention the fact that two of them will require travel to two different time zones.

    January 6, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Corey

    Ok a short rant.....I am amazed at how many people just want to spew venom so badly that they will pay no attention to facts or law to make a point. The money comes from his funds and donations. There are also voluntary tax payer donations that people give for these things. Ok....onto another rant it annoys me that people are up in arms about "pay to play" when people are expecting the very same thing when they vote for a person. They sell their vote for a favor or item in the future. Everyone one does it from unions, big oil, small business, evangelicals, you name it... everyone does it and the lines are often cloudy between legal and illegal. Is it right? Not often but...everyone has dirty hands.

    January 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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