Ali salutes Obama at inaugural soiree
By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)The Greatest is saluting the nations first black
president as inaugural soirees get under way with a bugle call to
dinner at the Kentucky Blue Grass ball.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, celebrating his 67th birthday, was the
guest of honor Monday night at a party for 1,400 that included other
celebrities, lawmakers and native Kentuckians.
Steve Buttleman, official bugler of the Churchill Downs race track,
said it was appropriate to be saluting Obama and Ali at the same time.
He said Obama was the leader of the greatest nation on Earth and
Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time.
Former Miss America Phyllis George was emcee of the affair, along with
her daughter, Pamela Brown.
George noted that Obama and Ali have both brought people together.