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WASHINGTON--The Obama inauguration will feature a massive celebration on the National Mall, the newly formed Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Tuesday.

The committee--nicknamed the PIC--will not accept corporate money and will limit individual donation to $50,000. The PIC co-chairs who will have the major fund-raising responsibilities are Chicagoans: Penny Pritzker, chair of Obama's presidential finance committee; John Rogers, the Illinois finance co-chair; William Daley, the former Commerce Secretary; business executive and Republican Patrick Ryan. Joining them is Julianna Smoot, who was Obama's campaign chief fund-raiser.

The Mall event--designed to provide a low cost, accessible venue for the possibly millions of people who will come here for the Jan. 20 inauguration--will be created along the lines of other mega Obama events at Invesco Field in Denver, Grant Park in Chicago and in Berlin, near the Brandenburg Gate.


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Presidential Inaugural Committee Unveils Unprecedented Limits on Fundraising;
Broadens Public Access to Events

Bipartisan Team Tapped to Organize Historic Inaugural Celebration

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's
Inaugural Committee outlined plans today for an inauguration that will
underscore their commitment to change business as usual in Washington and ensure
that as many Americans as possible, both inside and outside Washington, will be
able to come together to unite the country and celebrate our common values and
shared aspirations.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today that it
will abide by an unprecedented set of limitations on fundraising as part of
President-elect Obama's pledge to put the country on a new path. Unlike
previous inaugural committees, the PIC will not accept contributions from
corporations, political action committees, current federally-registered
lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens and registered foreign agents. The PIC will not
accept individual contributions in excess of $50,000. Current law does not
restrict the size of donations. In past inaugurations, contribution limits have
run as high as $250,000.

In accordance with the Committee's commitment to provide the most
open and accessible inauguration in history, the PIC is working with relevant
authorities to open up as much of the National Mall as possible to accommodate
more Americans than ever before.

The Committee is headed by a bipartisan group of co-chairs: William
Daley, Penny Pritzker, John Rogers, Patrick Ryan and Julianna Smoot, who said
today they intend to deliver on President-elect Obama's commitment to organize
an inauguration that will rally all Americans to meet the great challenges of
our time:

"It is a distinct honor to chair the committee that will organize the
celebration of next year's historic inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
We are committed to ensuring that these activities are organized in a way that
reflects the American people's common values, shared aspirations and commitment
to addressing our challenges as one, united nation," they said in a joint
statement.

Listed below are some details about the co-chairs. Regularly updated
information will be provided to the public and the media on our website,
www.pic2009.org.

PIC Co-Chairs
William Daley is head of JPMorgan Chase's Office of Corporate Social
Responsibility as well as the firm's Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Midwest and
Chairman of the JP Morgan Chase foundation. He is the Chair of the Economic Club
of Chicago and is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the
Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce
under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2000. He also serves as member of the
advisory board to President-elect Barack Obama's transition committee.

Penny Pritzker, a business executive and entrepreneur for more than twenty
years, is chairman of the board of four companies: TransUnion, Classic
Residence by Hyatt, The Parking Spot and Pritzker Realty. Ms. Pritzker also
served as Finance Chair of the President-elect's campaign committee. As a civic
leader, she's focused on improving the health and education of young people
through enterprising initiatives, such as Chicago Run and the Chicago Public
Education Fund.

John W. Rogers, Jr. is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Ariel
Investments and serves on the boards of three public companies: Aon Corporation,
Exelon Corporation and McDonald's Corporation. He also is a director of the
Chicago Urban League, a trustee of the University of Chicago as well as a member
of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Patrick Ryan, a Republican, is Chairman and Chief Executive of Chicago 2016 and
oversees all aspects of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. He is the Founding
Chairman of Aon Corporation. Ryan is Chairman of the board of trustees of
Northwestern University and serves as a life trustee of Rush University Medical
Center. He is also an owner/director of the Chicago Bears Football Club.

Julianna Smoot served as President-elect Obama's national finance director
during his presidential campaign. She previously worked for the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senator Thomas Daschle, and Senator John Edwards.

8 Comments

sorry, but this is taking on a tambor of the surreal.there's bodies coming home everyday from the war front, there's an economy in shards, and we're deluged with gay-divorcee's seeking to evolve as washington social-lites?
now, let's add two questionable national election's, a primary contest in which the loosers people wind up runing the government and i ain't see no puppy yet! who wrote this script, burroughs? seems like the campaign buttons have become "me" pins. drag.

5 MILLION EASY AT THE INAGURATION!
FORGIVE JEFF HE DIDN'T TAKE HIS MEDS AGAIN!
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA IS MOVING THE COUNTRY IN
THE CORRECT DIRECTION!

Phil, why can't you let people express their concern that a big big lavish thing will backfire in terms of PR?
Some of us don't want to WORK SO HARD in 2012, okay?
Phil--take a break and LAUGH at Stephen Colbert's Christmas (god I thought I'd bust a gut!)
http://www.nofactzone.net/?page_id=7921

Okay, let me rephrase this, Phil. I understand you're nervous about people criticizing--but the entire campaign saw bloggers commenting--and, I THINK (I don't know this, but...) that we helped redefine the center---redefine what was POSSIBLE for candidates a b and c and yes, OBAMA to say, etc., as a mainstream thought.
This is what I'm thinking....
ttp://www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut/386298?rel=hp_picks

Judging from jeffery mcnary's grammar and syntax, he could almost be employed as a speechwriter for Sarah Palin. Unfortunately, neither he nor I know what he's talking about. Perhaps he hasn't noticed, but the president-elect seems to be doing more to address the nation's issues than the current president. I, and millions of others, will be celebrating on January 20th.

YOU GOT THE WRONG PERSON, I'M NOT NERVOUS ABOUT
ANYTHING, I'M NOT THE GUY SECOND-GUESSING THE
MAN'S EVERY MOVE, I HAVE BEEN FOR HIM FROM DAY 1,
AND YOU GUYS KNOW IT!
I KNEW HE WOULD WIN IN A LANDSLIDE, I KNOW HE IS
A SMART INDIVIDUAL, AND I ALSO KNOW HE IS BUILT
FOR THE JOB AS PRESIDENT!
THAT'S WHY YOU GUYS KEEP READING PROPAGANDA ABOUT
THIS AND THAT, IF YOU WOULD CHILL OUT AND WATCH
THE MAN DO HIS THING, YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND IT IS
NOT ABOUT YOU AND ME, IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT
WE FINALLY HAVE A SMART INDIVIDUAL IN THE WHITE
HOUSE, SOMEONE WHO WILL GET THE COUNTRY BACK ON
TRACK!
AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE A BIG LAVISH THING IT
IS GOING TO BE AN INAGURATION GALA!
STOP CRYING OVER SPILLED MILK, I DON'T CARE WHAT
YOU BLOG ABOUT, JUST TRY TO MAKE SENSE SOME TIME!
STOP ACTING LIKE JEFF!
DON'T ASK ME TO LAUGH AT GUYS WHO ARE MAKING
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, WHO MAKE FUN OF EVERYONE
ACCEPT THEMSELVES!
I WILL NEVER TAKE A BREAK, I AM KEEPING MY EYES
ON THE PRIZE!
5 MILLION AT THE INAGURATION, LIKE IT OR NOT IT
IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

Louise...what a cute comment,"the president-elect seems to be doing more to address the nation's issues than the current president". Actually he hasn't done a thing. I noticed you didn't list any accomplishments. You did know you are allowed to, right?

Anyway, this inauguration is outrageous. The country is in an enormous financial crisis and the Obama/Clinton administration is busy planning a party. Well, it probably is for him and his cronies. And the media is continuing the worship because contributions are limited to "individual donation to $50,000". Wow! Obama is really tightening the ol' belt.

I want to be President Obama Secretary of Sustainability and Long Term Planning
Has anyone ever never seen the US government communicate a long term unified vision and then describe how every piece of legislation, each part of the tax plan, and how each executive order they proposed tie into that long term vision? NO. And that is why this executive branch needs to start integrating all of its different parts under one umbrella to help ensure the US will be a major player on this planet in the coming decades. The auto industry is a great example of what bad planning and no vision can do to a large entity. The US could suffer the same fate if it does not start to make some radical changes that will keep it competitive in the global environment.
The globe has limited resources and how we as a planet use the resources is going to determine if our species makes it another 2000 years. The US plays an enormous role is setting the global tone when it comes to lifestyle, manufacturing standards, and consumption rates across the industrialized and non industrialized countries. The US needs to take this yoke of sustainability very seriously as it may be the weakest link in Americas rusting suit of armor. If the US cannot figure out how to balance our energy usage, our waste production, and our resource consumption soon we are going to become incredibly overburdened by inefficiency and high over head costs. This will drive academia, business, and residents away in droves and they search for the next country where dreams come true.
The Secretary of Sustainability and long term planning position needs to be created and be equal in power to the chief of staff and secretary of state. If you have no business you have no tax revenue. If environmental issues drive catastrophic change to the eastern seaboard you have no tax revenue. If we don’t get a long term plan together and start working to it in 20 years when I want to retire this country will have no tax revenue! You can’t fix roads, you can’t help other countries, you can’t incentivize growth, and you can’t decrease the national debt without tax revenue. This cabinet position would therefore be just as important as the current positions but would be created with the sole purpose of unifying the current secretaries’ individual goals into one vision and taking the cabinet, the president, and the legislature to task when they are not aligned to the vision. This secretary would also need to work with the white house communication staff and department leaders to flow this plan out to the public and to all government employees. This secretary is also responsible for helping guide the residents of the US in a more sustainable direction.
Many large corporations who need to look 30 years into the future to understand where their customers will be have started seeing energy and sustainability as major components of their future offerings. Google, GE, Boeing, DuPont, and GM have created Vice President positions within their respective companies to deal with these emerging needs. The Obama government will need this insight and the current cabinet positions only offer parts of this picture.
I want to be President Obama Secretary of Sustainability and Long Term Planning
http://www.linkedin.com/myprofile?locale=en_US&report%2Esuccess=-vVpM-koAJi3iOI2oXfnNmuRG-VK4Hl523eSJntqGv034HlbHze1Jn01KG8I3zk5

I have the educational background to look at problems from many different points of view. Aerospace being my primary professional background is rooted in looking long term and driving efficiency in every project. I want to bring that type of strategic thinking to this country and to the president’s cabinet.
I have the energy to steer the president’s cabinet and this country in a more sustainable direction and the fortitude to hold influential leaders to an agreed upon long term plan. I have worked with leaders from across the country to build long term visions and the detailed plans that will help realize those visions for many different projects. This has involved working with many “A” type personalities from diverse backgrounds to bring the team to a consensus by documenting agreements and listening to each point of view.
I have the patience to wait for the right time to push and issue and to have the right conversation on my terms. I also have the ability to learn from and listen to the people around me. This trait is the single largest asset I can bring to the Obama cabinet.
I am a very quick learner that has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I will remained reserved until I feel I have collected enough facts to comment or judge a situation. I can start to add value to a team in days rather than weeks and can be brought up to speed on any tool quicker than my peers.
I am a very driven person who can accomplish anything I set my mind to. My number one motivator is frustration. When things are not being done correctly or are being done very inefficiently I feel that I have three choices; I could walk away and forget it is happening, I could just live with the way things are being done, or I can try and fix the situation. I almost always choose the latter. Thus how this country has been managed has been a disgrace that I often find comical, till I remember that it is my country that is shooting itself in the foot for the thousandth time.
After assessing the past 3 administration I find a very surprising lack of a long term vision for the US. Maybe these administrations had one and did not communicate to the masses or maybe I am just an ignorant person, but I have never seen a plan. Oh, I have seen bills with sunset dates, and minimum limit increases by such and such a date. But I have never seen an encompassing vision that ties all of the bills, the budgets, the aid packages, and the tax plans together. How is this possible? How do we, the US with all of our brain power not have a well communicated long term strategy for the country? I would like to be the person that helps create this 10 year sustainable strategy for the Obama administration, and for myself so that this country can really start to get productive and the world will have a good example to follow.
I asked my grandfather when the last time he believed in a presidential candidate as opposed to voting for the lesser of two evils, his response “Eisenhower.” I was not to keen with either candidate’s campaign, but I have been thoroughly impressed by how Mr. Obama has been attacking this transition phase of his first term. I am starting to believe in what his administration could accomplish. For this reason I would like to offer my services, drive and knowledge to make sure this administration is a success.

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