Best Blogs: Inauguration 2009: This Cinderella won’t make the ball

Jan. 8, 2009

I was going to blog about a couple of other subjects today but quite a few friends have asked about inaugural balls, so I did a bit of research. I found the best schedule of all activities to date, from a private company called Qorvis. It shows the scope of the mania that is feeding D.C. — and from what I understand, this is scaled down compared to past inaugurations. I’m sure this schedule will change, or grow.

If I were to attend any of these events, it would be the Young & Powerful Presidential Brunch. I ain’t young, and I ain’t powerful … but don’t you have to wonder who the heck will attend this and what will they talk about?

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” is sold out, darn.

I’m not planning to go to any of them. I get claustrophobic in a room with more than 30 people. It’ll be stressful enough at the Mall that day with 2, 3 or 4 million people, but at least it’s in the open.

Plus, I don’t have a ball dress. I do have to bring some informal “dress-up” clothes since my son has surprised me and his wife with tickets to “West Side Story” at the National Theatre on Saturday.

But for those who do go, I’m sure it’ll be fun.

Some of the balls are free; others require paid tickets. It’s quite an assortment. The latest is that the Obamas will show up at 10 of them.

Most don’t have much to eat, no lavish buffets, and some of them won’t serve alcohol. Good news for those who might care: D.C. bars will be able to stay open until 4 a.m. Bar owners pushed for 5 a.m. but somebody thought this would be too much of a strain on the police.

Of course, there are the mucky-muck balls, for invitees only. These would be for elected officials, both American and foreign — ambassadors and the such. I’m sure they didn’t have to buy a ticket, but you never know.

Read Grand Junction resident Vicki Felmlee’s blog about Barack Obama’s inauguration at


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