Techno-Access to Presidential Inauguration 2009
President-elect Obama has promised changes to Washington and that transparency is his ongoing commitment to the American people.
Today, Jan.5, PIC2009 has announced that President-elect and the future First Lady will be hosting a premier Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on January 20 at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets will be free or at affordable prices. A number of tickets are also reserved for Washington D.C. residents.
This is the first and historical Inaugural ball intended to share the 2009 Presidential Inaugural celebration with the American public across the nation.
Traditionally, all Inaugural balls have been closed to everyday Americans, populated by the exclusive circle of dignitaries and donors as seen on the listing of the 2009 official and unofficial Inaugural balls.
In President-Elect Obama's own words:
" This is an inauguration for all Americans. I wanted to make sure that we had an event that would be open to our new neighborhood here in Washington, D.C., and also the neighborhoods across the country. Michelle and I look forward to joining our fellow Americans across the country during this very special event."
The Neighborhood Ball will also use interactive technology, which includes text messaging and webcasting to open the event to the American public. It is expected that the technology will link attendees in Washington D.C. with other attendees from various neighborhood balls across the country.
Additional details about the Neighborhood Ball can be read in NP Jarrett Martineau's piece.
Welcome to the 21st Century Obama Presidency
The public is reminded that on the election night, the President-elect Obama has given the world an extraordinary behind-the-scene view of his victory by posting 82 pictures on his personal Flickr account.
Once again, President-Elect Obama has directed the PIC2009 team to harness technological tools to communicate directly with Americans across the nation by providing an extraordinary access to the Inaugural preparations via RSS feed, Twitter, on YouTube Channel, and the latest Flickr, which includes daily snapshots of the inauguration site on the steps of the United States Capitol.
PIC has also issued a PICMobile access for anyone who wants to sign up for regular updates while traveling to the 2009 Inauguration in Washington D.C.
One interesting note, the President-Elect still carries his Blackberry. He is mindful of complex legal and security-related ramifications once he is sworn in as President, which require him to stop using his Blackberry. He has also asked the legal and security teams to research for ways that will allow him to use a computer once he is in the White House.
Other Inauguration-related and Election articles by this writer:
- Inaugural Lincoln Memorial Celebration - Preliminary Program
- The Smithsonian Acquires Barack Obama's Image
- Presidential Inauguration 2009 and National Security
- The Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball
- National Mall Welcomes the Public
- Unofficial Presidential Inaugural Balls
- The First Interview after the Election
- President-elect Shares His Photos