Are Inaugural Ball/Parade Tickets Available -- For the Lucky Few?
Everyone's been waiting for the word on how to buy tickets to the official inaugural balls and the parade--but so far the Presidential Inaugural Committee has not issued any instructions on when they'll be available and how to buy them. Today, a source called Inauguration Watch to say he stumbled onto this ticket page on the PIC Web site. But the source goes on to say that it appears impossible to actually place an order because one needs a special log-in and password.
The question is whether that Web page is actually functional or just a template for whenever the PIC gets around to announcing that it is taking ticket orders? And the related question is, if it turns out the page is functional, whether only a select few are allowed to place orders. According to a note on the page, "Your Account ID and Pin/Password can be located on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration e-mail notification."
When asked about the Web page, a spokesman for the PIC said he would look into it and get back to Inauguration Watch. But we want to know whether any of you have received an email from the PIC with an account ID and password? Let us know.
The history of inaugurations has been rife with complaints that they are only open to big donors and "friends of" ... and not to the general public. In Jan. 2005, an antiwar group sued President Bush's inaugural committee, alleging that the committee had blocked the public from getting tickets to the parade.
Update 11:50 a.m.: A Chicago resident called to say that indeed an email has gone out to Obama campaign workers and other volunteers offering them the secret account name and password for tickets. This resident, who did not want his name used, said he received an email last night and, after logging into the PIC Web site's ticket page, was offered tickets to the swearing-in, parade and the official Obama-hosted Illinois Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. The only complaint he had was that he's not sure where he'll be able to sit or stand for the swearing-in at the Capitol: "There's no seating chart on the committee Web site or TicketMaster," he said.
David A Nakamura
January 7, 2009; 10:40 AM ET
Presidential Inaugural Committee
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