The Obama Youth Inaugural Ball was a logistical and political disaster, says author and organizer Michael Connery.

The ball was over-booked, ticket-holders were barred from the event or sequestered in side rooms, and the whole event was locked down by police for more than an hour, Connery says. On top of all that the Youth Ball’s emphasis on service projects rather than policy issues left student and youth organizers at the “kiddie table” once again.

It’s a great piece. Go read it.