Reps. George Miller and Chris Van Hollen Want Answers on Ticket Meltdown
Photo taken by Taylor Barnes in the 3rd Street tunnel off-ramp to D Street on 10 a.m. Tuesday while waiting in the Purple-ticket line. Barnes and Barnes' father never made it into the ceremony.
The pressure is heating up on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), head of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, to explain what went wrong Tuesday when thousands of Purple and Blue ticket-holders did not get into Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.
In a letter sent yesterday Miller writes: "On behalf of many of my constituents and thousands of many other Americans from across the country who traveled great distances and spent a considerable amount of money to attend the Inauguration and who waited in line in their designated areas for many hours on Tuesday morning only to be turned away without seeing the Inauguration as planned, I would appreciate receiving an explanation from your office regarding what went wrong."
In a letter sent today, Van Hollen writes: "These were people who did everything they were supposed to do ... Yet despite following the rules, they were still denied access. And worse yet, they were kept in the dark -- deprived of information -- as the hours passed and their hopes of seeing history in the making slipped away."
David A Nakamura
January 22, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
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