UPODATED 11/10/08: Click here to read my story posted today with more details about the inaugural tickets and contact information for East Bay members of Congress. Note: I do not have tickets nor can I place you on ticket lists. Please read story to learn how to request tickets.
Tickets to Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C., are free but you have to contact your congressional representative’s office to obtain them, according to the joint inaugural committee.
The committee is also warning citizens about inaugural ticket sale scams: No organization or website has tickets to sell regardless of what they may advertise, the committee said.
Members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives will be given tickets to distribute, which must be picked up in person a week prior to the inauguration.
Hundreds of inauguration-related events will be held in Washington, D.C., as well, so citizens who hope to participate in this historical event will have plenty of available stops on the party circuit.
Read the full press release below:
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 members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies are: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman; Senator Bob Bennett, Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; and House Republican Leader John Boehner.