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CNN’s Campbell Brown Highlights Eli’s Cheesecake’s Inaugural Cheesecake for the Commander In Chief Ball
CAMPBELL BROWN: NO BIAS, NO BULL
Barack Obama’s Inauguration
Aired January 20, 2009 – 19:00 ET
One of the Obamas’ first stops tonight is at the national building home of the commander in chief ball. Vice president and Mrs. Biden are expected there in just a few moments. Our Randi Kaye is there already.
Randi, this is really the most formal event of the night, isn’t it?
RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It absolutely is, Campbell. It’s a wonderful event. It started back in 2005. It was started by President Bush and it’s really to honor the members of the armed services, the military troops, the spouses of deployed soldiers are here, the spouses of former soldiers are here. It’s a free ball for the military troops. About 2,000 troops are expected here. President Obama is expected to speak here just before 10:00 tonight and that will actually be broadcast on the Pentagon channel to all of the military bases overseas.
Now, I did speak to some of the family members here. About 300 family members, Campbell, who are at this event tonight, have lost loved ones. And even given that, there is a great sense of hope here, which is truly remarkable. There’s a hope, there’s camaraderie among this group. It’s really a special night for the troops and their spouses, because they don’t often get a date night. So this is a really big deal for them.
They’re honored to be here. Many of them told me they’re very excited about their new commander in chief. They think he’s a great innovator. They need more attention focused on them and they think he’s going to deliver.
And the most important thing one told me was that it feels like Veterans Day. This is what Veterans Day should feel like, he said. This is why they serve, they serve for the freedom to vote, and that’s what they did.
BROWN: Randi, I hear there’s quite a special treat at the ball tonight. What’s it all about?
KAYE: Actually, it’s coming all the way from Obama’s home state of Illinois. It’s a giant cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake, which is a great dessert maker there. 500-pound cheesecake, Campbell, it’s three tiers, red, white, and blue with a chocolate inaugural seal on it. It was going to be filled with apples, because Lincoln — Abraham Lincoln was a big fan of apples, and as you know, there’s been a real Lincoln theme in Obama’s inauguration. So it will be filled with apples. And just to give you an idea, 100 pounds of cream cheese is what it took to make that cheesecake.
BROWN: OK. Sounds fabulous. Randi Kaye for us tonight. We’ll be checking in with you again a little bit later.
Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer of ABC’s Good Morning America opened their special live inaugural day edition of Good Morning America from the steps of the Library of Congress with a replica of the Giant Inaugural Cheesecake that Eli’s created for the Commander in Chief Ball tonight at the National Building Museum.
Bakery gives 500 pound cheesecake to Obama
Jan. 14: Eli’s Cheesecake Company from Chicago has donated a 500 pound cheesecake that will serve over to 3,000 servicemen and women as well as their families at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball next week. Chris Matthews talks more about the cake in the Hardball Big Number.
At ball, a taste of Chicago
January 13, 2009
Marc Schulman and his Eli’s Cheesecake are making a 500-pound inauguration cheesecake for the commander in chief’s inaugural ball honoring Barack Obama Jan. 20 at the National Building Museum in Washington.
The top layer will feature the inaugural seal (in chocolate). The middle layer will be apple-flavored — a tribute to the favorite fruit of Abraham Lincoln and all the homages to our 16th president planned for Obama’s inauguration. That layer also will feature the seals of all five branches of the U.S. armed forces.
The cake’s base will be royal blue and decorated with a wave of red and white stripes and white and gold stars.
Eli’s Cheesecake to Create Dessert for the 1860′s Period Ball in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Lincoln-era ball planned for February
An 1860s Period Ball in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Sixth and Jefferson streets.
Festivities will include antique instruments, 140-year-old music, Civil War-era fashions and the cutting of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday cake.
The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band will perform with antique instruments. Capt. Todd Cranson will conduct with a baton used by the leader of the Second Iowa Cavalry Band that performed for Abraham Lincoln.
The band will appear in full 1860s attire. Authentic 19th-century clothing, including Civil War dress uniforms and hoop skirts, is encouraged but not required for guests.
Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will teach dance steps to those unfamiliar with the dances of the era.
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors are expected to be among the dignitaries in attendance.
Punch, coffee and birthday cake will be served.
Eli’s Cheesecake Co. of Chicago will create a special cake for the occasion.
Performances of the museum’s show, “Ghosts of the Library,” will be offered during the ball. Both exhibit “journeys” highlighting Lincoln’s life will be open for tours as well.
The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 558-8934.