Eva Longoria lands inauguration role
December 6th, 2012
04:17 PM ET
10 years 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You couldn't find a better picture to use CNN? The President's hair is alot grayer than portrayed.

    December 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    My god she's perfect. Oh Eva....I'd be your Adam any day haha....

    December 6, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. KeninTexas

    What a loser.

    December 6, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    I won't be watching any more of her roles, anywhere.

    She supports the subversives in America.

    December 6, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. CryBabies

    Perhaps Sniffit could escort this seeunt. They mentally compliment each other. POS actress.

    December 6, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I agree with you Dutch. Horrible picture of our President.
    Sniffit you old dog you! She is beautiful though, isn't she?!
    Eva deserves the honor. The Latino Get Out The Vote effort was outstanding under her leadership and so effective that even the Cubans voted for Obama.

    December 6, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a loser.
    Yeah, our "loser" beat the living s hit out of your Great Whit Hope Best of the Best!

    December 6, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. K from AZ

    She's the new UN ambassador!

    December 6, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Jackson

    Rick McDaniel, you could not be more wrong if you tried with all your might.

    Subversives are people like Donald Trump who violate the acts of sedition in calling for a rebellion.

    Educate yourself, then come back to the adult table.

    December 6, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Karin

    Good thing Desperate Housewives is over because I can't stand looking at her anymore....A couple years ago I read an article where she said it is so hard being so pretty....really and how do you feel about yourself?

    December 6, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Jenny C

    To Kenin Texas,

    You certainly have a different definition for loser. Cause inn my book: 332 electoral voted vs 204,
    60,2M popular votes vs 59,1M, this is what we called a winning election! President Obama went BIG and get over it.

    December 6, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. JM

    Ahhh payback, Longoria gets this and Wintour gets UK Ambassador – ain't politics grand. Wonder what SJP and Clooney will get . . . perhaps France for SJP (it is the home of Haute Coutoure after all making SJP eminently qualified for the Ambassador role as is Wintour for the UK) and Sudan (Darfur) for Georgie (he seems to be attached to Darfur and this way he can really sink his teth into it, again can't argue with his qualifications . . . ).

    December 6, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. judy

    glad to see all the intellectuals on this site. More worried about how everyone looks than the substance of the article.The picture is ok more important is the day service. Good message don't you all agree.

    December 6, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    Comments look different; guess that explains all the glitches today?

    Anyway, GOPhers, don't be hatin' coz the President gets all the pretty women. Hey, y'all still have Sarah. Bwa!

    December 6, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. PJ

    How nice to honor the four living ex-Presidents. How ugly are some of the comments posted here. Do any of you
    people ever smile, say anything nice, or just enjoy life?

    December 6, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. J.C.

    Funny...I used to like Clint Eastwood a lot more before the thing with the chair. Celebs should avoid chairs and politicians. Bad combination.

    December 6, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Discernment


    Has anybody noticed the influx of high profile Latina celebrities in support of the Obama administration? Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes, and Rosie Perez have all been connected with the 2012 campaign to re-elect President Obama.

    Something tells me that immigration reform is next up for the "community organizer". Way to go President Obama, keep building those alliances.

    December 6, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. mark ducharme

    Just figured out the Obama America recovery plan. It's a reverse morgage to china.

    December 6, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    Eva IS gorgeous. I remember the first time I saw her, she was playing a nutjob on Young and the Restless. I thought the character is crazy but the actress is beautiful. Congratulations Mr. President and thank you Eva for all your hard work.

    December 6, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Sean

    So he's being inaugurated before the election?

    December 6, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. VA VERY Ex Republican

    @KeninTexas, did you just wake up?????? he won a second term a month ago. go take a shower and get dressed and do something that may benefit you instead of calling the winner a loser.

    December 6, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. i'malib

    I have no idea who the dude is to the right of Eva. At any rate, they both need to start paying more taxes. Obama said I deserve more for doing nothing, so I am listening to the President.

    December 6, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Disgusted

    She must have donated the most money of all the stars.

    December 6, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Omar Dice

    The Republican Party is falling off the cliff...I doubt they win the 2016 election...the minority population increases every year...and the republican policies just get crazier...the republicans have always catered to the rich...and I think more Americans are starting to realize it...if a mixed raced democrat won 2 elections...imagine what a woman and a latino could do in the 2016 election with the increase of minority population every year.

    December 6, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Ed1

    Another loser born that sides with the Obama and his out of control giveaways and overspending just like four years ago Obama and his union buddies can do nothing wrong put the crack pipe down and wake up America we are going down the tubes thanks you the voters out there voting on color not substance and no I am not white just another black person that has a mind and can think without free giveaways.

    December 6, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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