Barack Obama has lined up 8 people to lead the worship of him during his
coronation high mass inauguration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is featuring eight Americans as “citizen co-chairs” of his inauguration, a new role created to highlight his first-term accomplishments with examples of lives that have either been improved by his actions or inspired his presidency.
The honorees announced Thursday include a woman with a brain tumor who no longer is denied health care for a pre-existing condition; an autoworker who got her job back after the General Motors bailout; and a gay pilot-in-training kicked out of the Air Force before the president repealed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Inauguration officials said the president has met most of the eight individuals during his first term and their inclusion in inaugural events is meant to showcase his administration’s core values through real-life examples that people across the country can relate to.
It’s a time-honored presidential practice to illustrate policy ideas with such anecdotes, and Obama frequently does so. He had those who say they were helped by his priorities introduce him at campaign rallies, and he frequently sprinkled their stories throughout his speeches. On Wednesday he announced gun control legislation before families of those killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting. But inaugural planners say this is the first time people affected by a president’s policies have been given such an official title at an inauguration.
The eight will participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday that kicks off the inaugural events over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. That’s the president’s call for Americans to serve their communities to honor King’s legacy. Inaugural planners also announced Thursday that 15 Cabinet members will take part in the event, volunteering to clean up parks and schools and feeding the needy in Washington, mentoring youth in Boston and providing Hurricane Sandy relief along New York’s Jones Beach, among other projects.
There will be parades with floats
After Obama’s swearing-in ceremony Monday, the eight co-chairs will ride on an inaugural parade float highlighting the inaugural theme of “Our People: Our Future,” then attend the official balls that night.
In celebration of the coming birth of new term of the Chicago Jesus Newsweek succumbs to the rapture:
Evan Thomas has already likened Obama to a god.
“In a way, Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world. He’s sort of God. He’s going to bring all different sides together.”
Separately, the White House has introduced legislation that would rename the state of Illinois to “Obama” and the rename the city of Chicago to “Barack.” That would enable millions to say “I am from Barack Obama.”
Customized kneelers are being installed in the East Room of the White House so the press can properly appear before Obama. They are not yet required to kneel before Jay Carney.
Until the kneelers are delievered Obama has informed the White House Press Corps how they are to greet him.
The new tax exempt organization “Organizing for Obama” plans on building a monument to Obama’s ego but thus far has not been able to identify sufficient open space anywhere on Earth.