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Purple Ticket-Holder Planning Ceremony Do-Over

Barack Obama got a do-over of his oath of office. Now, a campaign staff member who got shut out of Obama's original ceremony is planning another try of his own. Gabe Cohen, 29, who spent 20 months on the campaign,...

By David A Nakamura | January 23, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (14)

Poll: Purple Ticket Restitution

As reported yesterday, those who missed the swearing-in ceremony because they were stuck outside the gates of ticketed areas will be receiving souvenir packets as apologies for their disappointment. But is that enough? Vote in the poll below. poll by...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 23, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (39)

Sen. Feinstein: Purple and Blue Ticket-holders Will Receive Special Souvenirs (*Updated)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) will be distributing packages that include a souvenir program, color photos of President Obama and other memorabilia to people with tickets who were not admitted to the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, according to an email sent to...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (44)

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...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ticket-gate: Hundreds Call Feinstein's Office After Being Shutout

Here's the latest full story in the Post about Ticket-gate, a front page piece by reporters Pam Constable and Mary Beth Sheridan. The article details people's personal tales of woe, says hundreds have phoned the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (14)

Sen. Feinstein Launches Investigation into Ticket Fiasco

We told you earlier today that the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies apologized for the problems that kept thousands of ticket holders locked out of the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday. Now, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs that committee, has...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Ticket-Holder to Pelosi: Capitol Police Chief's Comments a 'Slap in the Face'

The anger among those ticket-holders who were denied entrance to Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Tuesday is palpable. Emails are streaming in to Inauguration Watch (we're trying to respond to all of you, but please take this as a broad thanks...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

Inaugural Committee Apologizes for Ticket Fiasco

Ticket holder Rev. T.T. Terry, of Dallas, looks into the purple gate area yesterday. Despite arriving at 5:30 a.m., he was denied entry. (AP) The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for planning and executing Barack Obama's...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (138)

More on Purple Ticket Fiasco

People with purple tickets line the 3rd Street tunnel yesterday. (AP) The Post Metro team has been aggressively reporting on the major screwup that kept thousands of ticketholders to Obama's swearing-in ceremony stranded outside the security perimeter, after waiting...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (30)

Officials: Too Many Tickets for Blue, Purple Areas

6:40 pm. -- Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer estimated that several thousand people with blue and purple tickets could not get into the designated sections. “It does appear that maybe there were more tickets in purple and blue than bulky...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (83)

User Video: Blue-Ticket Holders Shut Out

Despite arriving many hours before the swearing-in, even ticket holders had trouble getting into the ceremony. Congressional staffer Scott Gore sent in this video from outside the gates for the blue-ticket seating area....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

Many Express Outrage Over Ticket Problem

Update: At least 4,000 ticket holder were denied entry, the Post reports. Original post: When nearly 2 million visitors packed on the Mall for celebrations, many did not get to see the festivities -- ticket or no ticket. Many expressed...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (77)

Long Lines to Pick Up Swearing-in Tickets

People are experiencing long waits to pick up tickets to tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony from congressional offices at the Longworth House Office Building. One man said he had been in line for an hour and was still a half block away....

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ticket Pickup Begins at Convention Center, Then Bogs Down and Is Postponed

The line to pickup tickets at the Convention Center today. The Presidential Inaugural Committee and Ticketmaster began hand-issuing inauguration, parade and ball tickets at the Washington Convention Center, at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, this morning. While Inauguration Watch...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

Neighborhood Ball Likely Sold Out

We're hearing reports that tickets to the Neighborhood Ball, featuring a bevy of big-name musical stars, quietly went on sale this afternoon to the general public for $25 apiece--with a maximum purchase of four tickets. But they appear to already...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (104)

Inaugural Committee Gives 1,000 Free Tickets to Local Groups for Neighborhood Ball, Kids' Concert

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is distributing the first tickets for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball Jan. 20 at the Washington Convention Center. That event will feature performances by Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Senate Passes Anti-Ticket Scalping Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bid to ban the sale of inauguration tickets moved a large step closer to becoming law when the Senate approved the legislation last night. The bill still needs House approval before the law would go into effect,...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Del. Norton Distributes 600 "Surprise" Inaugural Tickets

Last week, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the District's closest thing to a real, live voting member in Congress (Norton can participate in subcommittees, but she cannot vote on the House floor), held a lottery to give out 198 tickets...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (9)

Tickets to Obama's Official Regional Inaugural Balls Available for $150

We've heard reports that people are buying tickets to Barack Obama's seven official regional inaugural balls for the face value of $150 apiece. Last week, we reported that the Presidential Inaugural Committee was selling tickets to the seven balls for...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (54)

Memo to Senate Staff: Don't "Cash In" on Tickets

With the competition increasing by the hour for tickets to all things inaugural, a memo was sent out to Senate staffers warning them not to sell the tickets they receive. (Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has offered legislation to make the...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (7)

Del. Norton Picks D.C. Inaugural Ticket Winners

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) today selected through a lottery the 100 District residents who will receive tickets to the swearing-in ceremony of Barack Obama Jan. 20. The names were drawn by Maj. Millard Pooran, M.D., of the Air National...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee Issues 5 Color-Coded Sample Tickets, Capitol Map, Instructions

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies today issued instructions for how the 240,000 ticket holders for Barack Obama's swearing-in should access the Capitol grounds for the ceremony Jan. 20. The tickets will come in one of five different colors...

By David A Nakamura | January 11, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (7)

Parade Tickets Sell Out in Minutes

5,000 tickets for the bleacher seats for the inaugural parade went onsale at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today and, according to reports, sold out within minutes. Or less than a minute. Here are some of the comments on our...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (37)

Obama: Want an Inaugural Ticket? Donate Now!

Barack Obama famously used the internet to raise money for his campaign and he's been keeping up the tally for his inauguration, already raising more than $27 million. Today comes another email message asking for donations of at least $5...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

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...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

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....

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (16)

Feinstein to Try Again on Inaugural Ticket Resale Ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will reintroduce her legislation tomorrow that seeks to ban the resale of inauguration tickets to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Feinstein, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, had announced in November that she...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Scalpers Making Killing on Ball Tickets

While Congress has had some success on getting online ticket brokers to delist swearing-in tickets (although they weren't able to make selling the tickets a crime), a lucrative market remains for tickets to inaugural balls -- including at least one...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 2, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

NY Sen. Schumer Awards 175 Inauguration Tix Out of 150,000 Requests

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today made 175 people happy and disappointed another 149,825 when he announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. About 150,000 New Yorkers entered the lottery, according to...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Inaugural Committee Spokeswoman: We're Not "Selling" Tickets

A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee is taking issue with the suggestion, made in an Inauguration Watch post this morning, that the committee is "selling" tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. In the post, we noted that the committee is...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sure Way to Get Inauguration Tix? Donate $50,000

On Friday, we broke the news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to make it illegal to sell inauguration tickets hit a roadblock when she was unable to gain unanimous consent for her legislation in the Senate. She says she'll reintroduce...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Sen. Feinstein's Inaugural Tickets Resale Legislation Fails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation that would make the resale of inauguration tickets a federal crime died in the Senate last night when an effort to gain unanimous support for the measure failed, officials said. Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Joint...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Inauguration on the Web

USA Today notes that Delta and Southwest have joined five other airlines increasing traffic into and out of Dulles, Reagan National and BWI for the inauguration. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that while many buses are being chartered to bring...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can't Get Inauguration Tickets? See the Rehearsal Instead

Washington Post staff writer Michael E. Ruane filed this report: Can’t get tickets to the inauguration? No hotel rooms to be had that week? No problem, people. Avoid the crowds and the traffic and the expense, and check out the...

By David A Nakamura | November 25, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. Sen. Cardin: I Have 400 Tickets and 55,000 Requests

The requests for inaugural tickets keep pouring into congressional offices across the country, but perhaps no more quickly than to the offices of the local Washington area delegation. Take the case of Md. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D), who sent...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sen. Feinstein Introduces Anti-Ticket Scalping Legislation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that would prohibit the counterfeiting and sale of inaugural tickets that are supposed to be free. There are 240,000 prized tickets to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama, and the craze over them...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. City Leaders Bicker Over Bleacher Tickets

Work has begun on the inauguration viewing bleachers outside the White House. It’s like an SAT question: If everyone wants to watch Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, but there is a finite number of seats, who gets the precious tickets?...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

eBay to Ban Resale of Inaugural Tickets

UPDATE: 4 p.m. eBay Inc. is banning the sale of coveted free tickets to the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama after a U.S. senator said she was crafting a bill to make such online sales a federal crime. Representatives of...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Sen. Webb to Sen. Feinstein: More Tickets for Va. Please

Virginia Sen. James Webb (D) is lobbying for his state to get a larger share of the 240,000 inaugural tickets that have been printed. He sent this letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is overseeing the inaugural planning committee: November...

By David A Nakamura | November 13, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hungry For Tickets, They Like the Wolf

Fresh from reelection as Virginia's representative from the 10th district, GOP Congressman Frank Wolf has been besieged with requests for inauguration tickets, according to an item from LoudounExtra's Erica Garman. Requests for Jan. 20 inauguration tickets are pouring in, said...

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Latest Lowdown on Tickets

From today's Post: Swearing-In Ceremony: About 240,000 tickets have been printed, and they are being kept under lock and key. Tickets are free and will be distributed by members of Congress and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, once it is established....

By Washington Post Editors | November 12, 2008; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Odds of Scoring an Inaugural Ticket? About as Good as Vegas

The Capitol, where Obama will be sworn in Jan. 20. (By Brendan Smialowski -- Getty Images) So just how hard will it be to secure one of the 240,000 tickets to Obama's swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol? Rep....

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Feinstein to eBay: Selling Obama Tix a No-No

You can buy pretty much anything on eBay, except tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. At least if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has her way. Feinstein said she is writing to eBay and other on-line sites, warning them not to sell...

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 06:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginians Angling for Obama Tickets

The race for tickets to Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony has already overwhelmed the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in Washington. Now, Virginians are getting into the act. The Post's Tim Craig reports that as of this morning,...

By David A Nakamura | November 10, 2008; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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