People who wish to attend the official Inaugural Ball with President Obama and wife after his swearing-in ceremony next month can begin signing up Friday to obtain a limited number of tickets, a source at the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Friday.
In light of the struggling economy, the committee — which is overseeing the planning of the inauguration day parade, the balls and other events before and after the oath-taking ceremony – will hold only two official balls this time: the Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball.
Both the Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, which is a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005 to honor members of the armed forces, will be held Jan. 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the source said. Having them at one place should also economize on security and law enforcement personnel needed for the event.
People who wish to attend the Inaugural Ball must purchase tickets at $60 a head. The Commander-in-Chief’s Ball is for invited military guests only and is free.