Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Theme

Posted December 10, 2008 at 11:46am

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday the official theme for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration: “Renewing America’s Promise.”

The theme reflects Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden’s “commitment to restoring opportunity and possibility for all and re-establishing America’s standing as a beacon of hope around the world,” according to a press release.

It’s the inauguration’s second theme so far. The first theme — “A New Birth of Freedom,” which is a quote from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — was announced by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies about a month ago.

While the two committees work closely together, they always set different themes, PIC spokeswoman Linda Douglass said.

The Congressional theme will be reflected in the actual inauguration and a subsequent luncheon, while the president’s theme will show up in the surrounding events organized by his committee.

The president-elect’s theme reflects his own message — in this case, according to a statement from Obama, “a sense of unity and shared purpose.”