Friday, January 09, 2009

Obama and Biden Invited Me to Presidential Inauguration

Embossed Metallic Engraved Seal

Embossed Metallic Engraved Seal

Earlier this week, I got a very official looking invitation to the Presidential Inauguration coming up in 11 days (YaY!). It includes a fancy embossed metallic seal on cardstock. You can tell it's the real deal because the back is pressed in.

. Back of Embossed Metallic Engraved Seal

Back of Embossed Metallic Engraved Seal

I wish I could be there, but no way could I hang in a crowd of an estimated 1 million to 5 million people with only a few port-a-potties sprinkled around. In the snowy cold no less. True, watching the first African American being sworn in person is a once in a lifetime, never to be repeated again event, is worth the hassles to plenty of people, but I'm not one of them. Although some of the goings on look really good and I hope they show the events on TV.

Envelope for Presidential Inauguration Invitation

Envelope for Presidential Inauguration Invitation

. Embossed Cardstock Presidential Inauguration Invitation

Embossed Cardstock Presidential Inauguration Invitation

Monday and Tuesday Events related to the Inauguration
Monday and Tuesday Events related to the Inauguration.

Inaugural Schedule from the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009 website.

The following events will take place in the nation’s capital between Sunday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 21st:

Sunday, January 18th President-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public.

Monday, January 19th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In 1994, to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families, joined by Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area. That night, on the eve of the Inauguration, there will be a youth concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day

The President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open
to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

  • Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
  • Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
  • Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
  • Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
  • Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
  • President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • Inaugural Address
  • Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
  • The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The 56th Inaugural Parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate. Later that day, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host ten official Inaugural Balls.

Wednesday, January 21st The newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will participate in a prayer service.

Presidential Inaugural Committee Logo


Edited 1-10-9 to Add

Wow, the $25 tickets sold out in 1 minute.
Gone in 60 seconds _ inaugural parade tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tickets for the inaugural parade? Gone in 60 seconds.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee put 5,000 tickets on sale Friday at 1 p.m. and they sold out in less than a minute, with 94 percent purchased online and the rest by phone, said Albert Lopez, a Ticketmaster spokesman.

"It was a blazingly fast on-sale," Lopez said of the tickets, priced at $25 apiece for bleacher seats.

Unfortunately a lot of tickets were bought by scalpers which majorly sucks. According to some Huffington Post commenters, some people are framing their invitation. I thought I was over the top by scanning in my invitation.

Big change from when George W. Bush had to cower in his limousine to avoid the rotten vegetables, eggs and snowballs thrown at him during his inauguration parade.

I found out more information about the engraving on the invitation. Very cool.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee Requests the Honor of Your Presence… by Way of Copper and Steel

December 31st, 2008

Reported in the New York Times, New York-based printing firm Precise Continental was awarded to make the million invitations for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Engraving was the type of printing by which the invitation’s design was incised into the surface of a hard plate, traditionally copper, by a hardened steel chisel called a burin. To make a print, the engraved plate was then fully covered with ink which was afterwards wiped off the surface, leaving only ink in the engraved lines. Sheets of paper picked up the ink within the engraved lines, resulting in a printed design. As you can tell, engraving takes steady hands. Engraver Augusto Lovato is Precise Continental’s “steady-handed man,” with a magnifying glass, scrutinized the copper plate and “expertly cleaned the serifs and curls” of the invites’s lettering. Each sheet of paper was individually fed with clean hands during the printmaking process. With metal playing a key supporting part from the start, the inaugural ceremony’s invites were handled with both precision and care.

Nate Burgos

Hazen designed art inspired by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign

Hazen designed artwork inspired by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for the
Manifest Change competition and exhibit.

Lance Wyman designed art inspired by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign

Lance Wyman designed art piece inspired by Barack Obama’s campaign.

"I volunteered my time because I believe in Barack Obama. One of his special qualities is his ability to listen as he inspires change. My image is an expression of this important dialogue with the American people. "OBAMA'08" is formed by outer energy, the red, white and blue of America. "OBAMA'08" is also the center that inspires the energy of an American environment of change."

- Lance Wyman

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