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People's Inaugural: Popular Name

Of the people, by the people, for the people. When it comes to inaugural events, "people" is a popular name.

There's the People's Inaugural Gala, four days of activities being organized by local business leaders and politically active residents, including chairman William A. Davis Jr. The gala begins Jan. 17 with the People's Inaugural Prayer Breakfast and wraps up Jan. 20 with the People's Inaugural Ball.

That's not to be confused with the People's Inaugural Project, which is the campaign by Virginia businessman Earl Stafford to bring poor, sick and needy residents to the inaugural. Stafford paid $1 million to reserve 300 rooms at the J.W. Marriott for the occasion and he's just created a Web site and Facebook page to keep people up to date on his plans.

And then there's the People's Inaugural Ball Jan. 17 at Historical Society of Washington, organized by D.C. for Obama and other local grassroots groups that supported the President-elect; and the People's Inaugural GLBT Gayla the following night Jan. 18 at the same location.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 15, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  | Category:  The Balls
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