Pre-Inauguration Lineups: Bipartisan Dinners; Children's Concert
On Jan.10, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC2009) announced that President-elect Obama will host a series of bipartisan dinners honoring Senator John McCain, General Colin Powell, and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 19, the night before the Inauguration.
The bipartisan dinners serve to highlight President-elect Obama’s commitment to renewing America’s promise by celebrating bipartisan accomplishments.
According to Mr. Obama, all three honorees have built reputations as leaders who work across the aisle to progress the nation.
"In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship," Mr. Obama said. “Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party. That is precisely the spirit of common purpose we need as we begin the work ahead."
United States Senator John McCain will be honored at a bipartisan dinner held at the Hilton Washington. Democratic Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will serve as master of ceremonies, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will introduce Senator McCain.
- Ms. Patti LaBelle is the performer for this bipartisan dinner.
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will be honored at a bipartisan dinner held at the National Building Museum. U.S.Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) will serve as the mistress of ceremonies, and U.S. Senator John Warner (Ret., R-VA) will introduce General Powell.
- Ms. Faith Hill is the performer for this bipartisan dinner.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be honored at a bipartisan dinner held at Union Station. Democratic Governor of Virginia Tim Kaine will serve as the master of ceremonies, and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will introduce Vice President-elect Biden.
- Ms. Carole King is the performer for this bipartisan dinner
Congressional members from both parties and Americans from around the country will also attend these dinners at the National Building Museum, Union Station, and the Hilton Washington.
The dinners are just another aspect of the President-elect’s commitment to bridging the bipartisan divide. The list of honorary co-chairs for the Presidential Inaugural Committee includes leaders from both sides of the aisle, including President George H. W. Bush, Senator Dick Lugar, Gen.Colin L. Powell, and President William J. Clinton.
Neighborhood Ball and Children’s Concert To Air on TV & the Web
PIC2009 announced on Jan.8, that ABC and The Disney Channel will broadcast the Neighborhood Ball and the Children’s Concert as part of ongoing efforts to include all Americans in the 2009 Inauguration.
Additionally, PIC2009 will webcast the swearing-in ceremony and the Neighborhood Ball on its site for all who want to witness the Inauguration and celebrations.
The Neighborhood Ball will air live on Jan. 20 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET on the two channels.
On Jan.19, Mrs. Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and their families will be attending the Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future concert to honor military families and children at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Musical performances for the Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future concert include:
The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Bow Wow. Billy Ray Cyrus, Keke Palmer, and Usher Raymond IV.
The special backstage correspondent is 13-year-old Perry Rubin, daughter of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.
Additional performers and guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
This concert will be simulcast on Radio Disney and streamed on Disney.com immediately following the telecast on The Disney Channel.
Tickets will be distributed to local residents through a number of local organizations working with PIC. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC) have made thousands of tickets available to the families of military personnel free of charge.
Other NP piece about the Neighborhood Ball by J. Martineau
Additional Inauguration-related articles by this writer:
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- Presidential Inauguration 2009 and National Security
- The Smithsonian Acquires Barack Obama's Image
- Techno-Access to Presidential Inauguration 2009
- The Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball
- National Mall Welcomes the Public
- Unofficial Presidential Inaugural Balls
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