Thursday, November 13, 2008

Obama Inauguration Tickets

I heard yesterday something that absolutely stunned me: the tickets for Obama's inauguration speech are selling for figures between $20,000 and $40,000.

Can you believe that the figures are this high?

Selling the tickets this high is illegal, but if they tack on a pen or some other item included with the ticket, it's absolutely legal. I guess that the price is so high because of this historical moment: our first African American president.

Read CNN's article on the subject here.

Don't you think that selling the tickets at such a high price will take the glory and excitement out of this?

Don't you think that this eliminates so many people from attending if they want to?

CNN says that anyone can gain a ticket from his/her congressman or senator, but with tickets at these prices, they won't be giving them out at whim. Even if they are given out, they can be scalped for obscene amounts of money. I think it's ridiculous that matters come to this.

From the CNN article: "Organizers of the inauguration say it violates the spirit of the event and could spell disappointment for people who buy tickets for the January 20 ceremony."

It's going to be freezing anyway. Put a down-payment on a house or buy a car. Watch it on TV; you're still witnessing the historical event.

So, what do you think of this latest development with inauguration tickets?


Anonymous said...

Obviously the organizers of the event are not selling the tickets at these prices. If you read the very article that you posted a link to, it says pretty clearly that ticket brokers are trying to sell tickets at those prices.

Jami said...

I didn't think I mentioned that the organizers are selling them. I said they were being sold, but organizers wouldn't be allowed to sell them. That's illegal, which I mentioned. Perhaps I did not clearly state brokers, but maybe that was a given.