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Obama Scales Back Number of Inaugural Balls

By December 29, 2012

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President Barack Obama wins the 2012 presidential electionPresident Barack Obama's re-election to a second term in the White House will be feted by just two inaugural balls in Washington, D.C., in January 2013, down from 10 official balls four years earlier.

Sources said the reason for the pared-down parties was the slow pace of the economic recovery.

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The Presidential Inaugural Committee is planning one main ball that will be open to the public; tickets cost $60 apiece. It is also planning a second inaugural ball to honor military families. Both the president and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, are expected to make appearances at both balls, being held following his swearing-in on Jan. 21.

"Americans from across the country will be invited to share in the celebration at The Inaugural Ball, a unified celebration for all Americans that will span every Hall in the Convention Center," Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant told The Hill.

The number of official inaugural balls is the lowest in modern history. Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, held eight inaugural balls in 2001 and nine in 2005. President Bill Clinton held a record 14 in 1997.

The two inaugural balls being held by Obama match the number President Dwight D. Eisenhower held in 1953.

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January 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(1) JOHN C. HUDSON says:

I WORKED AT THE SMITHSONIAN I 1980 AND 1984 AND WE HAD THE BALLS AT AMERICAN HISTORY AND THE AIR&SPACE BUILDINGS. I WAS HONORED TO WORK THERE.

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