Your DNC representatives are committed to keeping you updated in 2013 and beyond. This is the first of what will be a regular series of emails to keep you posted on DNC activities and national issues as they relate to us in Georgia. Below you will find a number of details about the upcoming Presidential Inauguration and a review of the September DNC meeting. We also have links for you to several recent videos featuring President Obama, including his moving remarks related to the tragedy in Newtown, CT.
Our next DNC meeting will be on Tuesday, January 22nd. You can count on us to be advocating for the Obama for America team to share their voter information garnered during the 2012 cycle with the state parties. The Presidential campaign did not spend money in Georgia, but there were thousands of Georgia volunteers who helped in other states and likely hundreds of donors. We will also be building national connections to make sure Georgia IS a targeted state in 2016!
May the New Year bring you and yours much joy and peace in our world!
– Your DNC members, Mike Berlon, Wendy Davis, Dan Halpern, Lester Jackson, Dubose Porter, Richard Ray, Sally Rosser, Nikema Williams and Dave Worley
It’s Official – President Obama was Re-Elected
On Monday, December 16th, the Electoral College officially elected President Obama to a second term! Now let’s talk about some of the details of his second inauguration.
2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee Initial Details
2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has announced its official launch, preliminary schedule of events and co-chairs for the second Inaugural of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The 57th Presidential Inaugural weekend will kick off with a National Day of Service, a tradition started by the Obama family at the President’s first Inauguration in 2009. President Obama will ask Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities on Saturday, January 19th, to honor our shared values and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and members of the President’s Cabinet will participate in service projects in the Washington, DC area.
In keeping with tradition for Inauguration Days that fall on a Sunday, the President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony on January 20. The President’s public swearing-in, the parade and the official Inaugural balls will take place on Monday, January 21.
The honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee are:
President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
President George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
The co-chairs for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee are:
Ambassador Matthew Barzun, National Finance Chair of President Obama’s reelection campaign and former Ambassador to Sweden
Eva Longoria, Actress, Obama for America Campaign Co-Chair and Founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation
Jane Stetson, National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Frank White, former member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises
In addition, the PIC announced the following positions:
Jim Messina, Chair, Inaugural Parade
Stephanie Cutter, Chair, PIC Board of Directors
Jen O’Malley Dillon, Chair, National Day of Service
Julianna Smoot, Chair, Inaugural Balls and Receptions
Rufus Gifford, Chair, PIC Finance
Patrick Gaspard, Chair, National Mall
The staff for the 57th Presidential Inauguration will be led by Stephen J. Kerrigan, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer, and David J. Cusack, who will serve as Executive Director.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee will work closely with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) which oversees the ceremonial swearing-in on the west steps of the Capitol and other Inaugural activities that occur on the Capitol grounds, and the Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) the military joint force command composed of all five branches of the United States armed services that oversees security for all official Inaugural-related events.
Links for Inauguration Info
Inauguration Ticket Info
Congressman Sanford Bishop has a link on his website:
As does Congressman John Barrow:
Per their websites, these folks are already out of tickets – Congressman John Lewis, Senator Chambliss, Congressman Gingrey.
Congressman-elect Doug Collins may get tix after he is sworn in, but I don’t have a contact number for his office yet.
If you are planning to travel to Washington, D.C. during the time of the Inauguration regardless of your ticket outcome, there are a few things to take into consideration. First, I suggest making travel arrangements as soon as possible, as most flights and hotels are already completely booked.
Keep in mind that since the inauguration takes place outdoors in January, it may be cold and wet. The crowds will be very large and guests will likely be outside for at least four hours. Food and beverages, large bags (including diaper bags), and strollers are not permitted in ticketed areas. Because of the dense crowds, mobility is likely to be a challenge. Please consider these issues when planning your trip.
Also, please be advised that congressional offices do not distribute tickets for the Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Inaugural Luncheon, Inaugural Parade, or Inaugural Balls.
Below are links to our President’s powerful statements in response to the attack.
Watch the President’s remarks at the Sunday night Vigil:
Watch the President’s remarks in this statement from the White House:
Mourning the Loss of an American Hero and Statesman
3. Several people commended Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her extraordinary leadership. It was the best Convention ever.
4. The items of business were limited to the approval of the Northern Mariana Islands becoming a delegation to the DNC. Their two delegates were present for the meeting. The next motion was to edit the bylaws and charter to reflect the inclusion of the N Mariana Islands as a delegation. This was passed unanimously.
5. The final matter of business matter was multiple questions about voter suppression and voter ID requirements. We were directed to two websites, www.gottavote.org andwww.protectingthevote.org. The Chair also promised to conduct a conference call for those interested to discuss these issues in greater detail.
6. The next meeting is scheduled for the day following the Inauguration in Washington DC. The meeting was adjourned.