President elect Barack Obama will officially take the oath to the office of the President of the United States of America on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Obama will be the 44th president and the first African-American to ever be voted to the most powerful office of the world. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is responsible for the planning of all events of the Presidential Inaugural event including the parade and the official inaugural balls. The preparations for the event are in full swing according to the PIC website. Here is a picture of the Inauguration platform that is being built outside the US Capitol.
Now to the main topic of this post – How to get tickets to the Inauguration ceremony? These tickets are very hard to come by and you will not be able to purchase them anywhere. The reason being they are free! You can only receive tickets to the inauguration ceremony by requesting them from your senator or U.S representative. According to a press release issued by Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee :
Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.
The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.
“Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. “Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”
The committee has also said that about 240,000 tickets have been printed for Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony. The location of these tickets is a secret and the location is very secure one, according to the committee. Going by the historical importance of this event and huge popularity of President elect Barack Obama, May be the tickets have been kept at the super secure Fort Knox?