Tag: 2009 Inauguration

Rejected Inauguration ticket holders’ official apology packet “gifts”

Update: My packet arrived the day after I first posted this. Is anyone else still waiting to get theirs?

I’ve yet to receive my official apology packet from the JCCIC, but my dad (who lives in the DC metro area) got his last week. I thought it’d be nice to share the contents with rejected …

Rejected Inauguration ticket holders begin to receive official apology packets

Update: My packet ended up arriving on March 6, 2009.

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According to two local Washington, DC media outlets (WTOP / WJLA), the JCCIC has begun to mail out the promised official apology / commemorative Inauguration packets to rejected (purple, blue, and silver) ticket holders. The mailings apparently began to arrive as early as this …

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 …

Close, but no cigar: An overhead view of Purple Gate

I thought it would be helpful to post this overhead view (original image via PopSci) of the 2009 Inauguration for all of the (lucky) people who were not part of Purple Gate so that you could get an idea of both how close we were (and yet unable to see or hear anything) and 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 …