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The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is responsible for all events held at the Capitol. The JCCIC is a committee consisting of six leaders of the House and Senate established by a congressional resolution (S.Con.Res. 67, approved by Congress in Feb. 2008). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) chaired the JCCIC, which has a budget of $1,240,000 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, signed into law by President Bush on Dec. 26, 2007). To honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, JCCIC selected the theme of "A New Birth of Freedom" for the 2009 inaugural.
The final piece is the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), charged with organizing events for the 56th Inaugural. A PIC is formed every four years after the general election and must accomplish most of its work in a period of just two months. The 2009 PIC was co-chaired by William Daley, Penny Pritzker, John W. Rogers, Jr., Patrick Ryan and Julianna Smoot. Emmett Beliveau, who served as the campaign's director of advance, was executive director. Ultimately the PIC employed over 430 people. As with the Obama campaign, the PIC announced limitations on fundraising; it did not accept contributions from "corporations, political action committees, current federally-registered lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens and registered foreign agents...[and] will not accept individual contributions in excess of $50,000." In keeping with the theme of transparency, on Dec. 12 the PIC launched a searchable, public database of donors. The PIC reported net donations totaling $53.2 million.
In addition to the PIC, JCCIC and AFIC,
numerous agencies coordinate on
for the events of inaugural week. Because the Department of
Homeland Security has designated the Inaugural as a National Special
Security Event (NSSE), the Secret Service is the lead
agency. Fifty eight agencies coordinated planning for
the Inaugural since June 2008; they were organized into 23 subcommitees
covering such areas as transportation, air space, water way, venues,
and health and human services. It was estimated that the cost to
District of Columbia,
Maryland and Virginia governments for law enforcement, fire and EMS and
transportation could exceed $75 million (letter,
declaration for DC, federal
A major concern was the number of
people that would attend. Demand
for the approximately 240,000
tickets to the Inaugural ceremony was extremely heavy, and
congressional offices were swamped with requests. The PIC
announced in early December that it had arranged to open up the whole
length of the
National Mall to the public, something which has not been done
before. The D.C. government
made plans to
park as many as 10,000 charter buses.
Early on there were
suggestions in the media that as many as 4 to 5 million people could
attend, but later estimates put the number at around 2
million, and the most commonly cited final attendance number was 1.8
million. (LBJ's inauguration
in 1965 had been the biggest to date, attracting 1.2 million).
The Presidential Inaugural Committee built a series of events around the swearing in ceremony.
On Dec. 10, 2008, the PIC announced the official theme for the Inauguration is "Renewing America's Promise."
|Saturday, January 17, 2009|
Stop Tour. 1,
2, 3, 4
President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden and their families
travel to Washington, DC by train:
Events in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, Baltimore, MD, and arrival in Washington, DC.
|Sunday, January 18, 2009
|"We Are One: Opening Inaugural
Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial." 1,
"We will combine historical readings by prominent actors with music from an array of the greatest stars of today."'
free and open to the public
|Monday, January 19, 2009
Renew America Together: A Call to
"Kids' Inaugural: We Are The
January 20, 2009
United States Capitol
11:30 a.m. - Ceremony begins.
Demand for tickets was very heavy. (1, 2, 3, photos)
[NOTES: HISTORICAL, LEGAL, CAUTIONARY]
Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol
Around 2:30 p.m.
The PIC selected over 90 music, cultural and community groups to join representatives of the Armed Forces. (The deadline for applying to participate in the Inaugural Parade was Nov. 18, 2008.
1,382 organizations applied. Members of the various groups paid for their own transportation and accomodations). All told over 13,000 participants travelled the 1.7-mile route. Five thousand tickets for bleacher seats along the parade route went on sale on Jan. 9, 2009 at $25 apiece. .
Ten Official Balls: Commander-in-Chief's, Neighborhood, Youth, Obama Home States, Biden Home States, and five Regional.
In addition to the official balls, there are many unofficial balls around the city.
|Wednesday, January 21,
Prayer Service 1,
invitation only; tickets required
"The morning after the inauguration, a National Prayer Service with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families will be held at the National Cathedral. The service will bring together dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths to celebrate the previous day's events through prayer, readings, and musical performances."
Events and The Big Day
"We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial"
After the Swearing In Ceremony
Southern Regional Ball
Other Celebrations-The Green Inaugural Ball, Ohio Democrats, African American Church Inaugural Ball, Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball, Disability Power & Pride Inaugural Ball
Accomodations, Meals, Libations-Ritz-Carlton, More, Libations.
Obama Stuff-Political Americana, Official Inaugural Store, Everything Obama Store, more stores, vendors, more vendors, yet more stuff.
Ad Campaigns-Budweiser, Ikea, Pepsi.
Ideas-Organized Labor, More Interest Groups, Religion.
Transportation-Metro, more, yet more. +
"End of an Error"-Demonstration, Flyers, Banner.
Shepard Fairey's portrait of Obama installed in the National Portrait Gallery.
"Quilts for Obama" at The Historical Society of Washington, DC.
MANIFESTHOPE: DC Gallery in Georgetown.
DC voting rights flyers near the Convention Center.
"Can & Did" in New York, NY.
Planning and Preparation
-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee.
Dec. 18 briefing
Jan. 11 rehearsal
-Constructing the Inaugural Platform.
Sept. 24, 2008-("First Nail Ceremony") > Dec. 3 > Dec. 10 > Dec. 16 > Dec. 30 > Jan. 9 ...Jan. 22
-Constructing the review stand and bleachers for the Inaugural Parade.
Nov. 3 > Nov. 12 > Nov. 19 > Nov. 25 > Nov. 26 >
Dec. 1 > Dec. 12 > Dec. 15 > Dec. 17 > approx. Dec. 22 > Dec. 26 > Dec. 30 >
Jan. 2 > Jan. 5 > Jan. 9 > Jan. 12 > Jan. 13 > Jan. 19 ...Jan. 21, Jan. 26
-More Parade preparations.
Hargrove Inc. prepares décor and floats.
Preparing the organized labor float.
The George Washington University float.
-Odds and Ends
Up go the bunting and flags.
Briefing on Inaugural planning and preparations.
2004 Inauguration: "Celebrating Freedom-Honoring Service"
2000 Inauguration: "Celebrating America's Spirit Together"
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