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Purple Ticket Blues

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Good news for those of us who had purple tickets for the inaugural, but were left out in the cold, jostling for our lives, or standing in the darkness in the 3rd St. tunnel of doom.

We get a consolation prize.

The AP reports:

Ticket holders who never made it to President Obama’s inauguration are going to get a consolation prize. Thousands of people who had tickets to the swearing in were not allowed to enter the Mall and instead were stranded in a tunnel near the Capitol or at other security checkpoints. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said that those people would receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and program, photographs of Mr. Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and a color print of the ceremony. A committee spokeswoman, Carole Florman, said people should check the committee’s Web site,, early next week for instructions on now to claim the items.

It’s a nice gesture. And, I sort of feel like, it cements those of us who didn’t get in as part of the story — part of history.

I guess that’d already happend though. There’s already a purple ticket Facebook page. And there’s been plenty of press about it. As the LA Times reports:

You wouldn’t think a presidential inauguration would require a survivors group. But shortly after thousands of ticket holders were trapped in an underground tunnel beneath the National Mall on Tuesday, a new Facebook group was born: Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom. Membership as of Thursday evening: 3,950.

I just checked. Membership is up over 5,000.

Membership has its privileges. Still — I would rather have been there.