The Washington Times - January 16, 2009, 02:57PM

President-elect Barack Obama wants you there on Day One.



He will open the White House to supporters on Wednesday, the day after he is sworn in.


The inaugural committee just e-mailed its list of supporters the details, saying those “among the first” to sign up on their Web site “could” get a chance to be there.


Here’s the note:


Dear Friend,

President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden have committed to running one of the most open and accessible presidential administrations in our nation’s history.

And that begins on day one, when we open the doors of the White House to you.

On Wednesday, January 21st, we will be hosting an Open House reception at the White House for hundreds of special guests. If you are among the first to sign up today, you and a friend could be there.

Our success in the next four years will depend on new levels of openness and participation. Bringing change to Washington, D.C. is something we should all be part of.

That’s why we’re starting off by opening the doors of the White House to you.

Be there on President Obama’s historic first day in office.

Sign up today and you and a guest could attend an Open House reception at the White House on Wednesday, January 21st:

Thank you,

The Presidential Inaugural Committee

P.S. — On January 19th, help us renew American together by joining a D.C. service event to support our troops. Text SERVE to 56333, or learn more at:


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 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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