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Obama Campaign Auction

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know about a pretty big Obama-bilia auction I put up on eBay. Since my Field Organizer was flown in from Chicago for the campaign, she left most of our leftover campaign materials with me when she went back. There's a New York Times paper, rare limited edition Spiderman comics, rally signs, yard signs, doorhangers, pamphlets, stickers, even an aluminum inauguration printing plate from the Wall Street Journal! Please feel free to check the auction out, there are just a few days left and it hasn't received any bids! Thanks!

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Immediately after the election results came in, I contacted my Representative regarding tickets to the inauguration. I was told recently they had over 1,000 requests and fewer than 200 tickets, so they were choosing names by means of a lottery. This morning I got a call from his office - my name had been chosen for 2 tickets! Now my only problem is finding a reasonably priced hotel near D.C. If anyone can give me any information regarding specific towns/cities to try, it would be appreciated. I have never been there and I want to make sure I am in a safe area.

Volunteer at the Inaugration

From one of the DC Democrat Newsletters:

The official Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) website is up and running. This will be your clearinghouse for all things Inauguration related in the weeks ahead. Are you interested in working for or volunteering with the PIC? You can sign up to do both on the website. Looking for the official schedule of Inaugural activities? You can find those on the website too. You can even sign up for email updates from the PIC.

To volunteer: http://www.pic2009.org/volunteer

No Inaugural Tickets on eBay or StubHub

_WASHINGTON, DC_ - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), today
applauded eBay/StubHub for banning the sale of inaugural swearing-in
ceremony tickets on any of its websites, including eBay, StubHub and Kijiji.

_"I want to thank eBay/StubHub for not allowing the sale of inaugural
swearing-in ceremony tickets on any of its websites,"_Senator Feinstein
said. _"They have led the way and I hope other Internet companies will


READ THIS before gettting tickets

From CNN Ticker:

Carole Florman, Communications Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, says "anyone claiming to have tickets to sell right now, or saying that they will guarantee tickets, is not telling the truth."

The full story on when and where of the REAL tickets

I found this write-up of the plans for the Clinton 1993 inauguration - some possible thoughts about the schedule for the Obama inauguration. Some of this changed - I don't remember the hand-shaking actually taking place that way (I think you needed a ticket?) and the stuff on the Mall started on the 16th.
WASHINGTON: The five-day gala that will usher President-elect Bill Clinton into office next month will be big, bold and, above all, filled with symbols of popular inclusiveness.

The new president will arrive by bus from the home of Thomas Jefferson in the Virginia hills. He will open the White House for three hours to anyone wishing to shake his hand. Ordinary Americans who inspired Mr. Clinton during the campaign will be honored at a luncheon. Food and clothing will be gathered for the homeless.

These events are designed, in part, to send a message about the kind of president Mr. Clinton intends to be, inaugural organizers said. They have given the entire affair a theme: "An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope."

Quincy Jones, the musician and producer, will organized a festival, free concert and fireworks outside the Lincoln Memorial the Sunday before Mr. Clinton takes his oath of office. Entertainers, possibly including Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, will perform at a televised "American Gala" at a suburban sports arena.

But tradition and elegance will not be lost. On Jan. 18, a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., special commemorative events will be held. A prayer service and congressional reception will open Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, before Mr. Clinton takes the oath of office at noon. Ten black-tie balls, with 65,000 invitees, will follow throughout the capital that evening, one especially for residents of Mr. Clinton's home state of Arkansas.

"This inaugural is going to be an open inaugural, an accessible inaugural and a dignified inaugural," Ron Brown, national chairman of the Democratic Party, said Wednesday in announcing the festivities.

"Bill Clinton is absolutely committed to being an accessible president, fully in touch with the American people," he said.

Mr. Brown said that several events would stress the participation of youth to "connect with" a new generation of voters who supported Mr. Clinton, 46, and his running mate, Senator Al Gore, 44.

He pointed out that the cost for all the events - less than $20 million, by his estimate - would be below that of the three most recent Republican inaugurals and that the $125 ticket price for the balls would also be below recent Republican balls. President Jimmy Carter reportedly spent less than $4 million on his inaugural in 1977.

Private donations underwrite the entire affair except for the vast security apparatus being coordinated by the Washington police, the Secret Service and the U.S. Army.

Eight events will be free to the public. The balls will be by invitation only.

The inaugural organizing committee released the following tentative schedule:

Sunday, Jan. 17 - Tour of Jefferson's home, Monticello. Bus trip to Washington following the route Jefferson took for his inaugural. Festival and concert on the Washington Mall at the Lincoln Memorial. Fireworks.

Monday, Jan. 18 - Reception by Mr. Clinton for diplomats, at Mr. Clinton's alma mater, Georgetown University. American Citizens Lunch for those who inspired the Clintons during the campaign. Various inaugural dinners. Free "American Gala" televised from the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Attendees asked to bring food or clothing for the homeless.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Luncheon for current and former state governors at the Library of Congress. "Salute to Children" and "Salute to Youth" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "Presidential Gala" at Capital Centre.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Prayer service. Reception with congressional leaders. President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, receive the Clintons at the White House. Swearing-in for the new president and vice president at the Capitol. Inaugural address at the Capitol. Congressional luncheon. Parade to the White House. Inaugural balls.

Thursday, Jan. 21 - Open house at the White House, 9 A.M. to noon. Afternoon reception for residents of Arkansas. Evening reception for Clinton campaign staff.

Playing Tourist

Hey, locals - what are the must-take tours? Expedia has a list and links to some they recommend here.

If you want a White House or Capitol Hill tour, you need to request the tickets from your Senator or Representative. If you're getting a new one with the next Congress, you should contact both the current one, and the incoming one, to see how they're transitioning this.


Inaugural Balls

To quote Washington.org:
Inaugural balls and parties take place at venues throughout the city, beginning approximately January 15 and ending the evening of January 20. The official state balls are planned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is established shortly after the election. Many more unofficial balls and parties will also be held during the week of the Inauguration.

You can see a list of State Balls here - if anyone learns about ticket info for other balls, please post it as a comment here and I'll add it to this post.

The Creative Coalition's Ball already has tickets for sale, but they seem to start at $5000 per person. MEEP!

Hawaii's State ball, on the other hand, has tickets starting at a thousand dollars. Pricey but not quite *as* pricey.

Anything cheaper? Anyone won the lottery recently?In
This is reportedly what the viewing area for the inauguration is going to look like:

You can already request tickets from your Representative or Senator. It's suggested that you check his or her website to see if there is a submission form there, and if there isn't call the office today to get onto the list.

Tickets may also be sold by the campaign-transition group and more information about that is forthcoming.

ETA I just looked on the lovely new transition website change.gov, and here's what it said:
Overview of the Inauguration

The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office. The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including: a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade.

The inauguration will take place on January 20th, 2009 in Washington D.C. on the steps of the United States Capitol. President-Elect Obama will take the oath of office, which states the following:

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Following this, the Vice-President Elect Biden will take a similar oath.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is in charge of planning and executing the inauguration of our 44th president, Barack Obama. If you want to participate in Inauguration day events, check back here often for more details.