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- Photos from the "We Are One" Inaugural Concert
Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold this high office.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) was officially formed on November 25, 2008. It was led by five co-chairs: William Daley, Penny Pritzker, John W. Rogers, Patrick Ryan, and Julianna Smoot.
PIC is the committee that was responsible for administering the inaugural events for President-Elect Obama. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is a non-partisan committee responsible for managing the swearing-in ceremony.
So, roughly, the former committee represented the incoming Obama team and the latter committee was responsible for the orderly transition of government through the swearing-in ceremony. Although, both committees certainly worked together.
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Inauguration Day DateTuesday, January 20, 2009
Schedule of Inauguration EventsInauguration - Final Schedule of Events
Inauguration Day Honorary Co-ChairsSee a complete list of Inauguration Day 2009 Honorary Co-Chairs.
Ticket Info for the InaugurationPIC planned the inaugural events. The 111th Congress of the United States of America was responsible for ticket distribution along with PIC. That was the incoming elected officials, not the ones in office before Obama was elected. U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives were responsible for distributing tickets.
The JCCIC issued terse warnings about tickets for the events after brokers began selling them online for thousands of dollars. They later announced that there would be no selling of tickets to the swearing-in ceremony. They advised the public to proceed with high caution before buying any ticket online.
Volunteering for Inaugural EventsVolunteer opportunities have now ended.
The Inaugural ParadeThe Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC) was charged with helping to incorporate the armed forces into the Inaugural Day activities. They also helped coordinate volunteers and participants on behalf of PIC, but the AFIC did not choose the participants. The Inaugural parade and list of parade participants.
Essential LinksJoint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies Official Website
Presidential Inaugural Committee