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Friday, November 14, 2008

Sight unseen

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Thanks to KUAR, I heard Dewayne Graham, mouthpiece of the state M.L. King Commission, talking this morning about the commision's charter bus trip to the Obama inaugural. ($550 for bus and three nights in a budget hotel, if you sleep four to a room.) Dewayne concedes that no tickets to any inaugural events are included (nor meals, shuttles etc.) But he added that participants, even in a Holiday Inn Express eight miles from the Capitol, will have a greater appreciation for the event  in the nearby Virginia suburb rather than staying home in Little Rock, even if they don't actually see Obama take the oath. I swear. Don't believe me. There's that and more on the full interview.

UPDATE: Each U.S. House member will get about 200 inaugural tickets and senators will get a few more. Perhaps Arkie members of congress will let me know the procedure for asking for them.

UPDATE II: I hear that at least one Arkansas office is just keeping a first-come, first-served list. It's had requests for 4,000 tickets in a week.

I went in 1992. It can be brutally cold. And if you get in the security-cleared viewing area, you have to arrive early and stay until the event is over, a period of several hours standing up. The Metro is scarily jammed. The parade seating requires tickets, too. But there is some SRO space as a rule. And, if 1992 repeats, there'll be a shuttle bus plan from the hotels for inaugural balls, a whole separate question. I don't think the Arkansas ball will be a very hot ticket this year. Given the results, putting Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama out at the Holiday Inn Express in Arlington with a cash bar and DJ would be just about right.

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