Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria Headline Obama’s Service Summit

Jan 15, 2013 11:47am
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Another Clinton is taking on an important role in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill  Clinton and  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will head up the National Day of Service on Saturday.

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Clinton is to serve as honorary chair for the Day of Service, during which President Obama invites Americans across the country to volunteer in their communities in remembrance Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We are thrilled that Chelsea Clinton will play such a critical role in mobilizing Americans across the country to take part in the National Day of Service,” PIC President and CEO Steve Kerrigan said in an emailed statement.

As part of that role, Clinton will speak at the Service Summit on the National Mall Saturday, the PIC announced Tuesday.

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Other speakers and performers at the event include actress and PIC co-chair Eva Longoria, singer/songwriter Ben Folds and Iraq War veterans Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Wis., and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (Vice President Joe Biden’s son).

Longoria will also host an inaugural concert celebrating Latino culture at the Kennedy Center on Sunday.

Folds performed at the president’s 100th fundraiser, a New York City concert that was expected to bring in $5.1 million.

The former first daughter tweeted a link to the Day of Service section on the PIC’s website that allows users to find nearby community service opportunities for the weekend or to sign up to host an event.

In an op-ed on the Day of Service, Clinton wrote about how her grandmothers taught her to value service during her childhood.

“They both had hard lives growing up during the Depression and World War II, but despite the obstacles they faced, they found time to volunteer at their churches and community centers and later, their kids’ schools,” Clinton wrote. “They created families full of love, support and service.”

Clinton has come a long way from the curly-haired youth that was America’s first daughter for eight years. Her political profile recently got a boost when she stepped up to dole out information about her mother’s condition while the secretary of state was in the hospital.

The 32-year-old NBC correspondent recently told Vogue that in the past she had eschewed the thought of a career in politics but now is beginning to embrace the idea.

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