WASHINGTON — No respect. Though Washington is hosting the 57th inauguration, its citizens had less of a chance to score hotly sought tickets.
Each state’s congressional delegation got a certain number of tickets to dole out. But the District of Columbia, which gave President Barack Obama 91 percent of its vote in November, has only one representative, and she’s a non-voting member of Congress.
Nearly 4,000 D.C residents asked for tickets to the inaugural ceremony, but Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had only 200 to give away.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer shows off the new inaugural website which uses GPS to tell attendees the best travel route based on the color of their tickets. It also shows places where those without tickets can enter and stand for the ceremony.
“We feel we are at a decided disadvantage,” she said. “We are the hometown of the capital of the U.S., yet they only have one person to go through, and that is me.”
Norton said that if the District was given full representation in Congress, she would have three times the number of tickets for the inauguration.
“My problem is that I need more tickets,” she said. “People want them so badly.”
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