Today is the first anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, but there won’t be any partying to celebrate.
Don’t expect any partying at the White House on Wednesday.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs says nothing special is being planned to take note of Barack Obama’s first year as president. Obama took the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol around noon on Jan. 20, 2009.
Gibbs acknowledged that Wednesday is an “anniversary of types” but says the staff isn’t focused on marking the first year.
Why so serious? After all, the White House has been party central this past year.
In fact, according to the Chicago Tribune, the stylish Ms. Rogers and the party-hearty First Couple hosted no less than 170 parties and social events through December 3 of 2009. And that does not even include the 17 parties and 11 open houses – feting more than 50,000 guests – ABC News reported the Obamas hosted throughout the Holiday Season.
For those not counting, that means by January, 2010, Ms. Rogers had staged one gala White House event every three days throughout the first year of the Obama Administration, making the once austere Executive Mansion look more like party central.
No reason to celebrate Obama’s first year? What could possibly stop the constant partying? Could it be the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts to fill Teddy Kennedy’s old Senate seat? Could it be that many Democrats and independents who had voted for Obama for President voted yesterday for a Republican for Senate? Could it be Obama’s plans for government take-over of health care are now needing emergency care?
Maybe President Obama has decided to spend more time working this year instead of golfing so much.