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Tickets Hard to Come By for Kids' Concert

Looking to see Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, et al at the Verizon Center Monday? Won't be easy to get one of the 20,000-or-so seats, reports the Post's Richard Leiby.

The inaugural committee is handling ticket distribution, and "they have told us to tell callers that no general public tickets are available," said Sheila Francis, Verizon Center's publicity director.
The committee would not comment on ticketing details. But it appears that only preselected groups -- mainly military families -- will be invited. The concert, to be hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, will be broadcast live on the Disney Channel from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Update 2:04 p.m.: It's official: the tickets have gone to military families and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  | Category:  Entertainment , Presidential Inaugural Committee , The Balls
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This is just insane, why aren't they releasing tickets? Especially to the neighborhood ball. Is it because they really can't live up to their promises of an open inauguration.

My other big gripe: so candidates try to appeal to the masses, small town u.s.a., the middle class and what not, and those are the people who vote them into office. Then when it comes time to celebrate the people's vote, everything is reserved for the wealthy.

Posted by: DCReggie | January 14, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I feel cheated I live in Washington, DC and I'm a big Obama fan, however I feel left out of this celebration. We were asked to give to his campaign 10, 20 30 dollars and I did, but if I would have kept my money I could have afforded to go to one of these high priced balls.

The neighborhood ball, I was looking forward to be part of the mix and something tells me that only people who will be invited to this event will be the elite of the city and not for the hardworking, normal city dwellers like myself. See you can't do anything in this town unless you have connection or a hook up.

This is so sad!

Posted by: Business_Friendly_Radio | January 14, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Well teh PIC has announced that the tickets for both the Neighborhood and Kids Ball will not really be available to general public but rather to specific groups who have worked alongside the PIC. So no tickets really are available for either of these events. Not a surprise.

Posted by: spartyinmd | January 14, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree wholeheartedly with the above posts. I worked my tail off for Obama for practically nothing. I am another of Bush's economic casualties and cannot afford tickets to any of the events being held here in my hometown. I feel so excluded that I wish I could afford to go off somewhere else.

I thought perhaps the neighborhood ball would be an acknowledgment of all the hard work Obama's foot soldiers carried out in his name. But, silly me. Like everything else going on around the inauguration, even this requires the right contacts and is not, in fact, open to the "public." Gee, I am really sorry I couldn't donate my time to getting Mr. Obama elected, job-hunting AND the Boys and Girls Club. Does our service count for nothing other than endless messages from the Obama camp patronizingly asking us to host inauguration parties in our living rooms?

Every time I hear another news clip about the various balls and parties being held for the connected and the wealthy, I actually want to cry.

Posted by: LeftyChick | January 14, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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