Obamamania! The Inaugural Craze
Everyone wants a piece of the Barack Obama inaugural action. And since Montanans love to party, it's no surprise they're aiming to host the first big bash of inauguration week.
Big Sky Night, which held one of the better parties in Denver during the Democratic National Convention last summer, has scheduled its "Montana Party at the Inaugural" for Sunday night, Jan. 18, two nights before the official inaugural balls are held. Party organizers are hoping to woo the Drive-By Truckers, the absolutely awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd-inspired Southern rock band, to perform in Washington as the band did in Denver.
As an unofficial inaugural party not affiliated with the Obama transition, the Montana party is seeking fundraising support from -- gasp! -- lobbyists, and anyone who has the cash. The asking price to be a sponsor of the party is $15,000, which, in return, gets you two all-access passes to the general guest area and VIP lounge, plus 10 tickets to give to guests.
Location to be announced. Tickets will be free to the lucky chosen who score them - which is not the case with tickets to the black-tie balls.
As for the larger balls -- official and unofficial -- tickets, if there are any left, are going fast. The Hawaii ball? Sold out, as you can see on the state society's website.
As the birthplace of Obama, the Hawaii ball at the Mandarin Oriental hotel ballroom is one of the hottest tickets in town. As the Honolulu Advertiser first reported, the ball's chairman is having to turn away sponsorship offers of $10,000.
With tickets to the $200-per-ticket ball impossible to come by and hotel rooms around Washington sold out, even the "Obama Sweeties" -- a group of Obama's female classmates who worked for his Hawaii campaign -- have decided to stay back home and watch the festivities on TV, according to the Advertiser.
Another hot ticket, of course, is the Illinois State Society ball. Tickets to this one, in the grand foyer of the Renaissance Hotel, are going for $500 a piece. "Hot" may be understatement for this ticket, as this bash will most certainly be designated an official ball by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, meaning Obama will make an appearance. The Hawaii Sate Society is requesting official status as well. (Though the Obama transition effort hasn't yet formed its inaugural committee or named a chairperson.
The Obama Blockbuster, as the New York Post calls it, has inaugural officials worried about the possibility of ticket scalping. Tickets to the actual Jan. 20 swearing-in and parade are free to those who contact their congressional representatives and obtain them.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, plans to introduce a bill next week, during the lame-duck session of Congress, that would make scalping the tickets a misdemeanor.
Mary Ann Akers
November 12, 2008; 10:50 AM ET
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