A More Muted Presidential Inauguration

As expected, the Obama inaugural committee is tempering Washington celebrations with gestures acknowledging the troubled economy.

There still will be parties and balls, but one of the days will be devoted to public service. On Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19, “the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families, like Americans in communities all across the country, will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area.”

The theme of the inauguration will be “Renewing America’s Promise.” Yet to be announced are the lineup of official inaugural balls.

Obama’s team, meanwhile, are offering an “Obama Four-Year Calendar” for $35 that will raise money for the DNC.

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