President Obama will be officially sworn in for a second term on Sunday, but the public ceremony will take place a day later.
So his inaugural committee has made Sunday a “national day of service,” with a lineup of performers slated for a “service summit” at the National Mall.
Speaking or performing at the event will be Chelsea Clinton, the honorary co-chair of the event; Eva Longoria, who is co-chair of the inaugural committee; singer Ben Folds: Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden; Star Jones; Angela Bassett; Yolanda Adams; Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.); Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Washington Children’s Choir. Radio host Tommy McFly emcees.
Although there are far fewer inaugural events than four years ago, the inaugural committee has scheduled two inaugural balls for the evening of Jan. 21, including a massive one at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that is expected to draw about 40,000 people, according to press reports. A number of other orgs are planning events during the weekend, including the voting org Our Time, the Creative Coalition and the Human Rights Campaign.