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Warning: Tickets to the Inauguration Are Free, Not for Sale

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is warning the public that tickets to the January 20, 2009 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama are not...
November 10, 2008

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is warning the public that tickets to the January 20, 2009 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama are not being sold by ticket brokers or on the Internet. 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."

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies