While there are only two “official” inaugural balls to celebrate President Obama’s second and final swearing in, that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of other festivities going on in Washington, D.C. next week. Other “unofficial” balls are being planned to commemorate the occasion. But soirees are usually domestic affairs that are big “thank you” parties for the many people who worked to put their candidate in the White House.
This year, though, the international community is getting in on inaugural fever.
Prominent international leaders are hosting the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square to celebrate President Obama’s re-election — the first ever inaugural ball hosted exclusively by the global community.
Just another party, you say? Well, I suppose one can always say that about any D.C. event that calls for formal attire, but I think it’s significant because representatives from over 200 nations are highlighting the President’s focus on the international community in his first term, as he surely will in his second. That commitment was evidenced when Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, of course. But his administration has excelled at putting a different face on international relations than many before him, especially with Hillary Clinton at the helm at the State Department. 112 countries and almost one million miles traveled? That surely must qualify her for some sort of Titanium award status!
If you think about it, it makes sense — an inaugural ball to highlight the important global issues that the Secretary of State and the administration have worked on for the last four years, including poverty, human trafficking, AIDS, global warming, lack of medical care, and food security. Maybe this will become a trend!
If you missed out on an opportunity to get tickets for one of the other balls because of that TicketMaster snafu, and you haven’t yet received your personal invite from the Obamas, you can get our your tux or break out that ball gown and take in the Ambassadors Ball festivities, which will include music from a variety of international artists. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit four charities, including the KENO Foundation’s Joint Youth Ambassador and Humanitarian program, which promotes youth entrepreneurship in Botswana and South Africa. Ambassadors from around the globe as well as a variety of dignitaries from the State Department are planning on being there. If you are a fan of all things international, it sounds like this could be a true night to remember.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about who’s going, the community and on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter (of course!) Tickets for the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball are on sale here.
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