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The Sleuth: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Disappointed Inaugural Parade Ticket Holders Feel Left Out

The griping continues. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) We've now received complaints from ticket holders to the inaugural parade, including those who paid for their tickets, who say they were unable to get to their designated viewing areas on Inauguration Day. And they feel their voices have been stifled amid heavy coverage of the security chaos at the swearing-in ceremony. It wasn't just...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 29, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Purple Tickets and Broken Hearts, Still Pining for Obama

Marisa McNee, the feisty cofounder of a grassroots group of spurned inaugural ticket holders on Facebook, wants us to clarify something about the number of people who have expressed interest in visiting the White House. She says only a small percentage of the more than 5,000 Facebook group members and ticket holders who were forced into the Purple Tunnel of Doom -- or otherwise barred...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 28, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Obama Is the Only Aspirin for Doomed Inaugural Ticket Holders

As if the new president didn't have enough crises already, now comes this: more and more victims of Inauguration Day's purple tunnel debacle are demanding a chance to see President Obama at the White House to make up for getting shut out of history. And if the White House is an unreasonable venue for a disgruntled group of folks that probably numbers over 10,000, they...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 28, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Gainer To Doomed Ticket Holders: Tunnel Was a Mistake

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer opened his question-and-answer session with the "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom" Facebook group today with a big apology for law enforcement's "inability...to respond to the chaos which unfolded" on inauguration day. Gainer wasn't able to provide many hard and fast answers to the myriad of questions, which were kept civil but still reflected the smoldering anger and frustration felt...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 27, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Senate Security Chief To Address Inaugural Wrongs On Facebook

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, the man who is ultimately responsible for security on Capitol Hill and who is bearing the brunt of outrage from disgruntled ticket holders to President Obama's inauguration, continues to step up to the plate. Gainer has agreed to take questions from the Facebook group "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom," the group of folks, many of them Obama campaign field...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 27, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Jogging Jill, Veep's Wife, Takes to the Streets

Updated, 4:06 p.m. ET Who was that fetching blond jogger in spandex turning heads along Massachusetts Ave. yesterday - with a breathless entourage in tow? Hint: The woman whose loose-lipped husband calls her "drop-dead gorgeous" and who first lady Michelle Obama calls "a hot nana." That's right, the nation's new second lady was spotted by several passersby taking a Monday morning jog out of the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 27, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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