WASHINGTON (AP) — With his nation under financial strain, President Barack Obama is restricting the inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years, with just two official parties plus a concert honoring military families.
The subdued celebration is a large cut from the 10 balls Obama had in 2009. Inaugural planners say it's a reflection of tough economic times and an effort to minimize the burden on law enforcement.
The concert on Saturday, Jan. 19 and the balls on Monday, Jan. 21 are being held at the Washington Convention Center.
One will be the Commander In Chief's Ball for members of the Armed Forces. The other ball is being called the Inaugural Ball and some tickets will be available to the public.