Donald Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee released the schedule of events for the President-elect’s inauguration week and compared to Obama’s schedule in 2009 it’s apparent that Trump is far more interested in getting to work than he is partying.
Trump’s schedule includes two official inaugural balls and a third ball which is described as “a special tribute to our veterans, those currently serving, military families, first responders, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may all live in freedom.”
In 2009, the Obamas attended no fewer than 10 inaugural balls and then held a more intimate after-hours party at the White House with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.
“The 2017 inaugural celebrations will reflect President-elect Trump’s eagerness to get to work in order to make our country safer and stronger,” said Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “President-elect Trump is committed to unifying our country as we once again celebrate the foundation of our American system and the peaceful transfer of power.”
Daily Mail reports that the official program begins the morning of January 19 with a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, which both Trump and his running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, will attend.
Next up on the official schedule is a ‘Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration’ to be held at the Lincoln Memorial, also billed as a concert, according to materials from the committee.
Kim Smith at Conservative Tribune reports that Trump and Pence will be sworn in at the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 20, where they will participate in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. On Saturday, Jan. 21, Trump and Pence planned to attend a national prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral, which will conclude the celebration.
In contrast, the Obamas attended four regional balls in 2009: the Eastern Ball, the Mid-Atlantic Ball, the Midwestern Ball and the Southern Ball. They then made time to attend balls for their home states and the home states of the Bidens, including Hawaii, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
It would seem that Trump simply doesn’t have time for that kind of partying, because he recognizes that there’s so much work to do, and he actually knows how to go about doing it.
It’s a shocking comparison, but one that isn’t too surprising after we’ve learned how little Obama likes to actually work.
View President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration schedule here.
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