PIC Spokesman: Inaugural Ball/Parade Ticketing Not Complete
A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee confirmed an Inauguration Watch report that some supporters of Barack Obama have been offered tickets to the inaugural balls, parade and swearing-in ceremony. But spokesman Kevin Griffis stressed that the ticketing has not been finalized, so others might get a chance to buy tickets as well.
Griffis took issue with the suggestion that the official inaugural events would be reserved for longtime Obama supporters and big donors.
"This year's Presidential Inaugural Committee is committed to creating the most open and accessible inauguration in history," he said. "The steps we have taken, especially in light of the demand, reflects that."
The PIC, for example, has picked 18 folks from around the country to join Obama's Jan. 17 train ride to D.C. Locally, there is an essay contest for more than 100 District students to attend the parade and sit in a viewing stand next to the President-elect's.
Plus, one of the balls -- the Neighborhood Ball -- will set aside tickets for District residents. And those tickets will be free.
But, still, when will tickets be open to the general public? And how can they order them?
"We are absolutely sensitive to the fact that people are waiting with baited breath," Griffis said. He offered no details.
By Nikita Stewart and David Nakamura
David A Nakamura
January 7, 2009; 4:25 PM ET
Presidential Inaugural Committee
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