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[6 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 229 views]
Will Barack Obama’s Inauguration Be The Star-Studded Affair His Victory Party Wasn’t?

The presidential inauguration is an event that’s about as close to a royal coronation as American government gets. It’s a day filled with ceremony, guards, salutes, parades, speeches, a party that’s actually still called a “ball” and, of course, symbolism: of new beginnings, rites of passage, of change. It’s the president’s opportunity to declare his administration’s intent: At John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961, he made his legendary “Ask not what not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” speech.