- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

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Though only Bill Cosby and the Obama family can eat for free at the District’s legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St. NW) the rest of us can chow down on one of its signature half smokes for a mere $5. Yum!

Fast fact: After President-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office and has delivered his inaugural address Jan. 20, he will be escorted to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol for the traditional Inaugural luncheon, hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Though this tradition dates as far back as 1897, when the Senate Committee on Arrangements gave a luncheon for President McKinley and several other guests at the Capitol, it did not begin in its current form until 1953. That year, President Eisenhower, first lady Mamie Eisenhower and 50 other guests of the JCCIC dined on creamed chicken, baked ham and potato puffs in the now-restored Old Senate Chamber.

Source: https://inaugural.senate.gov/history/daysevents/inauguralluncheon.cfm

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