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Came to DC, but didn't make the Inauguration?

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January

Some good news for folks who had tickets to Tuesday's inauguration of President Obama but were unable to get to their seats, courtesy of the Associated Press. Buzz hears some Floridians were in that group....

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ticket holders who never made it to Barack Obama's inauguration are going to get a few commemorative items for their trouble.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ticket holders who never made it to Barack Obama's inauguration are going to get a few commemorative items for their trouble.

Thousands of ticket holders were kept waiting in a tunnel below the National Mall on Tuesday and missed the ceremony. Others said access to the Capitol grounds was cut off.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said Thursday that those with blue, silver and purple tickets who didn't make it will receive copies of the swearing-in invitation and
program, photos of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and a color print of the ceremony.

Committee spokeswoman Carole Florman said people should check the committee's Web site early next week for instructions on claiming their items.

"We realize this hardly makes up for what they went through," Florman said. "Unfortunately, we can't get the day back, but we can offer something by way of an apology."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the joint committee, has asked authorities to investigate what happened.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica Baboulis said the force is working with other agencies to review how the day went.

"We've received a lot of positive feedback and we've received some personal stories that weren't so positive," Baboulis said. "And all of those are being taken into the matter."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:14pm]

    

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