Obama had 10 balls when he was inaugurated. And those babies weren’t cheap either. It was a festival lasting over a week for Obama. Trump on the other hand, will have a few days of celebration than get to work. That’s what we like to hear.
Donald Trump’s inauguration, now less than a month away, is looking to be a pared down affair compared to the extravaganza thrown for President Obama eight years ago.
Today the Presidential Inaugural Committee released a bare bones schedule, promising that more events would come.
Just two official inaugural balls are being planned, with a separate ball to celebrate military members and first responders, which is more in line with Obama’s 2013 re-election inaugural schedule than the Democrats’ 2009 blowout, with the first couple attending 10 inaugural balls the night the new president was sworn in.
‘The 2017 inaugural celebrations will reflect President-elect Trump’s eagerness to get to work in order to make our country safer and stronger,’ explained Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack in a statement, likely anticipating the comparisons made between inaugural plans this year and those orchestrated in 2009.
Trump’s plans, thus far, are steeped in tradition.
While there will be a number of lunches and other events starting January 17 and going on for the next five days, the official program begins the morning of January 19 with a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, which both Trump and his running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, will attend.
Next up on the official schedule is a ‘Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration’ to be held at the Lincoln Memorial, also billed as a concert, according to materials from the committee.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee had originally advertised to potential high-dollar donors an ‘Inaugural Concert and Fireworks,’ which would be ‘an exciting musical celebration on the National Mall,’ according to leaked documents given to Variety and the Center for Public Integrity.
It’s likely that this is the same event, though an email to the inaugural committee asking for clarification hasn’t been returned.
In the current schedule there is no mention of fireworks, though Trump recently mocked Hillary Clinton for her own fireworks cancellation.
‘When you lose you don’t set off fireworks,’ Trump said to a laughing crowd of supporters last week in Wisconsin.