WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is featuring eight Americans as "citizen co-chairs" of his inauguration, a new role created to highlight his first-term accomplishments with examples of lives improved by his actions.
Inaugural planners say the honorees include a woman with a brain tumor no longer denied health care for a pre-existing condition. Another is an autoworker who got her job back after the General Motors bailout. A third is a gay pilot-in-training kicked out of the Air Force before the president repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Inauguration officials said Wednesday that the president has met all eight of the individuals during his first term.
The eight will participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, appear in Monday's inaugural parade and attend official balls.