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Official Inaugural Balls = No Fun?

So you're going to buy a new gown or tux, spend a small fortune on a couple inaugural ball tickets and then pay more for alcohol once you're inside the venue of one of the growing number of the official inaugural balls? (Officials have said there might be 10 official balls -- none have been announced yet by the Presidential Inaugural Committee -- but there is a growing number of unofficial balls.)

The question is: Will you actually have fun?

Not according to Post columnist Roxanne Roberts, who has covered her fair share of parties, including past inaugural balls. During her on-line chat yesterday, she had these answers for questions from readers:

NOVA: I would like to hear from someone who has actually had fun at an inaugural ball. I have never been to one, but I have heard from friends who have that they often end up being rather bleak affairs. Everyone kind of waits around for the president-elect to show up but it is not always a very fun party. (Were they just lying to me so I wouldn't be jealous????)

Roxanne Roberts: Trust these people -- they're watching your back. As we get closer to the inaugural, I think I'm of giving a survival chat to the parties. This time around, they MIGHT be different -- but probably not. There will be, however, a lot of unofficial balls that sound like they're going to be really fun: Fabulous music, cool crowds -- but no drop-in by the Obamas.

Washington, D.C., Done This Before: ROX, PLEASE! Quit glamorizing the inaugural balls! Inaugural balls are where people who have nothing of substance to do with the inauguration go to get loaded on cheap beer and posture in front of other people from flyover territory. Ick. Most of them have pretty severe b.o. ...

Roxanne Roberts: That's a little harsh, isn't it? But I can't be accused of glamorizing these parties. The best thing about the balls is the chance to be there and see history. As parties, they pretty much suck.

Read the full transcript of the chat here.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  The Balls
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