Washington, D.C. - The Presidential
Inaugural Committee (PIC) is pleased to announce that HBO will
exclusively televise the Opening Celebration for the 56th Presidential
Inaugural, a celebration of America to be held on the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 18th. HBO will televise the
event that evening on an open signal, working with all of its
distributors to allow Americans across the country with access to cable
or satellite television to join in the Opening Celebration for free.
The Opening Celebration will be a marquis event, featuring some of the
biggest acts in the world of entertainment to celebrate our common
heritage and our new direction. President-elect Obama and Vice
President-elect Biden will both attend the event, which will be free
and open to the public.
"We are very excited that HBO will be televising the kick-off event for
our Inaugural," said PIC Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau.
"Their proven track record as a leader in television will help ensure
an event that reflects President-elect Obama's commitment to holding an
inauguration that is open, accessible and reflects America's spirit of
unity. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is committed to
staging an Opening Celebration that reflects the best of our nation,
and we are pleased that millions of people across the country will be
able to share in this historic experience."
"We are honored to be broadcasting an event of this national
significance featuring some of the leading talent from the music
and entertainment industry," said Bill Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Home
Box Office. "HBO is proud to work with all of our distributors to
make this event accessible to as many citizens as possible."
Televised to the nation, the Opening Celebration will be a declaration
of common purpose and new beginnings. The Sunday afternoon
performance will be grounded in history and brought to life with
entertainment that relates to the themes that shaped Barack Obama's
campaign and which will be the hallmarks of his administration.
For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration,
please visit www.pic2009.org.