Inauguration Madness: Behind the Scenes

January 17, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

The people planning Saturday's inauguration have eyes around the world fixed on their event, and less time than usual to plan it (four weeks). To get an idea of the pressure, you can read about Jeanne Johnson Phillips, friend of W. and the executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, in a profile in The Washington Post and another one in The New York Times. The Post also printed a story about people preparing for the event and a piece on tomorrow's opening ceremony.

The most buzzed-about event is actually a pre-party, the Texas State Society's Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball Friday night. Planned by Lone Star State events companies Richard Flowers & Associates Inc. and Ward & Ames, the party (at the Marriott Wardman Park in DC) will include country music stars Lyle Lovett, Clint Black and Tanya Tucker, and lots of Tex-Mex eats. So what will the new administration mean for the country's party-throwing styles? It's still too soon to tell, but first-lady-to-be Laura Bush is not an avid party-thrower, although she started the Texas Book Festival and will probably focus on literacy and reading-related causes and fund-raisers. So events that get her backing will likely have a focus on books.

Posted 01.17.01

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