It’s been a week since the frustrating and (mostly) avoidable situation unfolded for thousands of purple, blue, and silver ticket holders in our Nation’s capital. As I keep trying reiterate (and I clearly can’t speak for everyone), all of us purple people are still talking about the Inauguration not because we want retribution (or to be the most annoying people you know), but rather to make sure the authorities (see: JCCIC) get their facts straight and have the best information possible to help prevent mishaps at future inaugurations/large-scale, open-to-the-public historic events.
It took me 2 days of persistent calling to actually get in touch with Senator Feinstein’s (D-CA) office (202-224-3841) to voice my concerns. The gentleman (aka intern) I spoke with was very kind, but promptly requested that I redirect my concerns directly to the JCCIC via email (email@example.com) or phone (202-224-2228). Having already emailed the JCCIC multiple times with no response (I’m sure they are getting swamped), I called the number above only to hear a message telling me to email (thanks) and check the website (which has not changed).
The great irony here is that original news reports quoted the JCCIC/Capitol Police as saying only 4000 people were affected. I can say with absolute assurance that there were at least that many people surrounding me at one area of the Purple Gate. That doesn’t take into account those people stuck in the tunnel or the blue/silver ticket holders. Not to mention, the Facebook group that started one week ago for rejected ticket holders has over 5000 members (not that fb groups offer any real scientific data). The point is, if there were only so many people affected, why would the JCCIC email be flooded and the congressional phone systems be overwhelmed?
In the end, all that we can do is: 1. be sure to email JCCIC; 2. call the JCCIC; and 3. keep our priorities straight – rejected ticket holders should be far less concerned with receiving consolation “prizes” (esp. since not much could make up for the fact that we were unable to witness history) and more interested in preventing disappointments like this in the future.