There’s only a few more weeks to go until Donald Trump is finally inaugurated as president of the United States. On Wednesday, details about what he has planned for his inauguration were finally released, and everyone immediately noticed that his inauguration will be far different from the extravaganza Barack Obama threw for himself eight years ago.
Daily Mail reported that only two balls are planned for Trump’s inauguration, while there will also be the third ball for military members and first responders. This is in stark contrast to Obama’s 2009 inauguration, during which he attended 10 inaugural balls for himself the night he 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,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack said in a statement. This statement makes it clear that Trump and his team are specifically trying to show that he is planning to be a much different president than Obama.
Trump’s inauguration will begin on January 17 with a number of lunches and events that will run through the weekend. The official program starts on the morning of January 19 when Trump and his Vice President-Elect Mike Pence will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
That night, there will be a concert that is being dubbed as a “Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial.
On January 20, before he is inaugurated, Trump will follow the tradition of attending a private family church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The night before, he is expected to stay at Blair House, the president’s official guest house.
After he is sworn in on the platform in front of the Capitol Building, Trump will participate in the traditional inauguration parade followed by his balls. The inauguration committee announced there will be just “two inaugural balls and a ball saluting our armed forces and first responders.”
In typical Obama-fashion, he spent his inauguration night in 2009 partying with celebrities at 10 balls thrown in his honor. We’re glad to see that we finally have a president that cares more about getting things done than attending extravagant parties for himself!