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Easter Egg Roll Changes Bring Frustration

The White House changes to the Easter Egg Roll is causing some residents a lot of grief and frustration. Timothy Wlison reports on the reaction to the change.

By Marcia Davis  |  March 27, 2009; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  City Life  
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I applaud the way tickets were handled. It allowed ALL an equal opportunity to obtain them including those who live out of the area!

Posted by: hainey4783 | March 27, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I completely disagree. Allowed ALL an equal opportunity?

First, I don't see why encouraging those outside the area to reserve tickets and travel in is even important. Traditionally, the Egg Roll and Christmas Tree Lighting (which I hope won't be changed like this as well) seemed to have been about the White House opening its gates to the local community. They were fun, relatively low-key events that out-of-towners could find a way to attend if they really wanted to, but they just weren't designed as big national events -- why change that?

Second, the idea that this makes it more open and gives a chance to more people is absurd. A set number of people will be allowed in either way. Now there's an elitist selection of who those people are. Before, anyone willing to stand in line over the weekend could go. This time, only those who have home computers and can be home during the day, or work desk jobs with pretty much constant access to a computer on a Thursday could get tickets. How many working class D.C. families do think got tickets this year? Sure, people from further away had an opportunity to go, and they likely hadn't before, but only those who in a very rough economic climate have expendible income for a short-notice (3 weeks) trip to Washington.

Overall, this was a bad move, and the Obamas should stick closer to tradition on these events.

Posted by: silverspring4 | March 27, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree with silverspring. For the working class how were we supposed to get tickets. I had three friends try through out the day and they only ever got a busy try back later screen. Also how much money was wasted by this new effort, you figure those people who were working, were not working while they tried to get tickets. Now add in the time spent talking about how frustrated they where, in all I bet this cost area business. Figure 100K people flooding the servers 10 mins each, then trying again later you several times throughout the day must have cost $10mil in loss of earnings.
My question is who really got tickets was it a White House smoke screen for all his IOU's

Posted by: djbuttenshawshopping | March 28, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Direct quote from a seller on ebay

Dear xxxxxxx


Families can still go, they just have to pay me for the 3 hours that I spent clicking the link this morning. I am not selling the tickets, merely my time and effort that I spent to get them.

I will sell you the tickets for $0.00 -- but I need $699 for my time and effort.

Thanks for your inquiry.

- munitalp1807

Posted by: djbuttenshawshopping | March 28, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Obamas are aware that just as there are certain local traditions in Chicagoland, there are local traditions in DC as well. It just doesn't make sense that someone would pay airfare for a family to attend an event (right after a holiday) that last just a few hours. The only thing an online ticket process could result in is scalping. The line system is much more fair for local families because not everyone has a computer, or even access to one at midnight. This new process may, in fact, result in a resegregation of this White House event (fortunately, the National Zoo is still open to all). The new administration has a lot of good ideas, but these do not include the belief that everyone does everything online these days.

Posted by: DianaDC1 | March 28, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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