Category: history

February 12, 1809: What a day (to be born)!

On this day, 200 years ago, two boys were born, an ocean apart, who would forever alter the course of the world.

Just think about it for a second.  Both the man who (is not nearly as perfect as many politicians like to remember – see: Emancipation Proclamation) paved the way to free (most) slaves in …




JCCIC (finally) sends email reply, asks for name and address (again)

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. …




One week later: Lots of talk, lots of emails, not so much else

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 …




Rejected ticket holders should definitely contact the JCCIC

According to the Washington Post (which is quoting an internal congressional staffer email), purple (blue and silver) ticket holders who were denied access on Jan. 20, 2009 should not only email the JCCIC @ [email protected] with your stories and information to assist in the investigation, but also need to include your name and address if …




JCCIC to console rejected ticket holders with “consolation gifts”

Update: The AP posted a short piece late last night – Blocked ticket holders to get inaugural items

Local Washington, DC TV station, NBC4, is reporting that those of us who never made it in to see Obama’s Inauguration this past Tuesday will be given “consolation prizes” in exchange for the extremely frustrating/disappointing hardships we faced.
Those …




A Final Farewell: W gets the boot, literally

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This past Sunday, 2 days before Obama’s Inauguration, the Washington DC Metro area was full of jubilant visitors from around the globe.  On our way downtown, we stumbled upon this hilarious “tribute” to W – a fitting final farewell to one of the least popular presidents in US history.




Obamamania: 2009 Inauguration merchandise

While I may have missed the actual speech and most of the spectacle on Tuesday, no one could avoid the amazing spread of Obama wares and collectibles (below) being peddled all over Washington, DC.




Feinstein chimes in, calls for investigation into (purple/blue) ticket debacle

The JCCIC sent out yet another email today addressing the terrible (purple)  ticket problem of the 2009 Inauguration in which Senator Feinstein (D-CA) has asked for those of us who where part of this disappointing (and preventable) incident to contact the Secret Service (with no direct contact information provided) as well as emailing the JCCIC …




JCCIC releases underwhelming “apology” to (purple/blue) ticket holders

1, 2, 3, 4, We Don’t Want To Wait No More ! 5, 6, 7, 8, OPEN UP THE PURPLE GATE !




The 2009 Inauguration (purple) ticket holder disaster

I’ve received a number of texts/calls/emails from friends/family across the country wondering how my (much-hyped) Inauguration experience turned out earlier today. Well, to put it bluntly – extremely disappointing.

Once feeling like the luckiest person in SF after receiving confirmation that I had in fact “won” 4 Inauguration tickets to see Barack Obama sworn in …