If you attempted to attend (i.e. were denied access with a purple, blue, or silver ticket) the 56th Presidential Inauguration, and have yet to contact the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, be sure to put your name and address at the top (above your well-crafted, tasteful retelling of the incidents/obstacles you faced on Jan. 20, 2009) of your email.
Here (below) is the reply email from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, for your reading pleasure:
Thank you for contacting the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies regarding ticket entry problems with the swearing-in ceremonies on January 20, 2009. The Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies realize the importance of this day for so many people who braved the cold and waited in long lines for hours. We deeply regret that certain guests were unable to witness this historic event. As a result, we have asked that the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police conduct a thorough analysis of two incidents: first, delayed or limited screening and entry to purple and blue standing areas; and second, the fact that thousands of people – many with tickets – were stuck for several hours in the 3rd Street Tunnel without the presence of any law enforcement personnel. Your comments are vital to understanding what happened at these entry points. Pleas e be assured that your comments are being read and compiled as this analysis moves forward.
If you have not done so already, please reply to this email providing your name and mailing address. Please make sure that your full name and address are at the top of your email.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510