January 22nd, 2009
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

iReport: 'Survivors of the purple tunnel of doom' weigh in

One iReporter submitted this “purple tunnel” photo.

One iReporter submitted this “purple tunnel” photo.

The oath of office flub wasn't the only Inauguration Day snafu: Thousands of ticket-holders were trapped in a tunnel just yards away from the site of President Obama's swearing-in. Already, more than three thousand have joined the "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom" Facebook group - and many have posted images of their experience on iReport.com.

Were you a purple ticket-holder? Share your Inauguration Day experience on

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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Jon in CA

    ACTUALLY the Obama supporters were upset because they didn't get the Government cheese they were all promised!

    THIS is news?? Obamabots whining about not getting to see their messiah??

    Oh lord this is going to be a looong 4 years until we dump the empty suit.

    January 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Vote4GOP

    Am I surprised? Nooooo, this is what you get when you voted for the Dem. This is how they run the country. They made you think that you are important, but you are not. That was why you were stuck at home. What did I do on Tuesday? I went to work. As a result of my day at work, part of my income will go to the federal income tax and the leftover I will use to support my family. I am doing what everyone should do right now in the difficult time is go to work and keep the economy and our country running and going strong. Getting stuck in the tunnel and complaining about it will not help turning this country around. But, that is what most of you Dems doing it anyway and then blame it on somebody else.

    January 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. sg

    Boo Hoo Hoo!

    January 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Robert The Man

    Why is OLD TIMER a racist pig because he said people went there to see if someone got shot? I mean honestly, that makes no sense whatsoever. Can someone explain that to me? Why show your ignorance on this site?

    January 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. elikeren

    Wow! That really stinks to go all the way, have a ticket, and see nothing! That is is too bad.

    Personally I'm a huge Obama supporter but I really enjoyed watching all the ceremonies, balls, etc...from my nice warm home, with a cocktail, and a snack and lots of friends. Would not want to be there and only see from a portable screen in the freezing cold! YUCK! Looking forward to going to DC this summer and enjoying all the sites, a tour of the Obama White house (via my congresswoman) without the crowds.

    January 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. iseeblack.us

    Check out the Facebook group. Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom! The conversation is a bit more constructive over there. It has 3000+ members already!


    January 22, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. demwit

    It's OK. They were included in that 2 million count anyways...

    January 22, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. jrizzo

    yuck! That tunnel is disgusting! I'd rather be stuck in a New Orleans restroom.

    January 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Coherent1

    Sorry you guys missed it. I am proud to say that I was there amongst the sea of people from all walks of life. No ticket in hand but my daughters and I were one of the many nearest the Washington Monument. Had it not been for the purpose of the Inauguration, it would have been a foot traffic nightmare. All in all, I think they did well in escorting people to the appropriate areas. We were up at 3:00AM positioning ourselves for a spot. If you had a ticket, you still needed to secure your spot early on. It had been reported that this may happen.

    January 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Vote4GOP - That's pretty funny. Good luck on getting people to vote GOP. You all pretty much showed us over the last eight years that you are lock-step, regardless of how bad the policy is.
    How many people even showed up for Bush's inauguration - minus the thousands of protesters? I wouldn't think it would be too hard to get people where they need to go.
    Republicans are becoming irrelevant in the world. Very sad for you. Maybe one day you'll get your heads out of your *sses long enough to see that the world has evolved right past you and your single issue of stopping gays from getting married. A party of hate, yet oh so religious. Your hypocrisy and ignorance are driving you into extinction.

    January 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Roy

    Geez! You would think people had never been to a U2 concert! Just to be close to history should be great in itself! Good to hear most that were there were just 'happy to be there'.
    I think if Obama actually did walk on water......Old timer would complain that his feet must be dirty.....the name should be 'Old Timer Prejudice'!

    January 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Karen- Change is coming

    It's unfortunate but they were warned to leave early.. MY God, thank goodness I wasn't in that tunnel.

    January 22, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    Not a single arrest – that in itself is marvellous. I am sorry that some who had tickets and flew in from far afield had to face disappointment. The DC authorities blame this snafu on unprecedented crowd surge.

    January 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Karen- Change is coming

    OLD TIMER is an idiot and racist. This is a time of celebration in trying to bring the country together yet people are still one the road of division. If you don't have something constructive to bring to this site, then keep your bigotry to yourself.

    January 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. MD

    Most of the tunnel dwellers were black. Obama doesn't care about black people.

    January 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. BB

    HAAAAAAAA>>>so funny...It was NOBAMA for you......lmao

    January 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Proud Democrat.

    It's good to see that CNN is finally giving us a complete view of the Inauguration and all it's events opposed to it's original CENSORED and sanitized view of the events.

    Things happen and people get disappointed, it's part of life, so let's not pretend everything is perfect when we know it's not!

    January 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Cammi317

    I'm sorry to hear that this happened to so many people, but that title "Purple Tunnel of Doom" is hilarious!

    January 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Karen from DC

    Typical these whiners must all be from out of state. First of all lets think about the size of DC...without all the added visitors the metro system doesnt run smoothly. How in the world could anyone expect things to run smooth on that day. Tis life-the tickets were free-no one was hurt and no one lost any money.
    On another note-people like Old Timer Bodo and Jon in CA use sites/blogs like this to say things things they would never dare to ever utter in public or face to face....keep hiding!!

    January 22, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. vet77

    ha ha u all do not get TV/internet to watch this hoo rahh rahh ???

    Oh I forgot all the dems supporters who went to DC do not have jobs to be at on a cold Tuesday morning!!!

    Oh FYI I am hispanic , mid 20's , great job and a hard lined republican!!

    all I can say is 2012 is not hear fast enought!!

    January 22, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. kayla


    January 22, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Matt

    @ Old Timer

    If anything, you'll be first...step over there beside that hay bail please.

    January 22, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Julia

    For the number of people who attended this historic event, the mood WAS amazing. Despite any disappointments of anyone on this day, the crowd was exceptional. To the people who decided to stay in, watch it on tv and avoid the crowds – you were there in spirit. To those writing all this unconstructive BS about people whining, and empty suits, you are not worth the energy to argue with.

    In support of kathleen, who described the mood of the day as a "sea of love" – she is NOT wearing blinders. She is part of the America who is tired of leadership by fear, lack of accountability, and building a country on hate. As someone who WAS there, and did enjoy every minute of it, despite the cold and the crowds, the mood set the tone for America moving forward.

    The support of the people, through this election process, and through this event, is proof positive that the majority of America welcomes this change...as does the majority of the world.

    January 22, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. JC

    "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. " President Barack Obama's inaugural address

    Yes, it is disappointing that many people did not get in to their ticketed sections. But do something constructive... write your congressman, write the president, or better yet, put it behind you and help your community, but above all stop complaining. It solves nothing and creates more negativity. We have enough of that to overcome already.

    January 22, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Peggy @ 2:10 Your comment is ever more ignorant than THE OLD TIMER. We have been the laughing stock of the world for the last eight years. We have been hated, feared and loathed by most of the civilized world.
    For the first time in many years people from around the world will regain respect and admiration for the USA thanks to Obama.
    We will no longer lie to the world, act like we are above the law and torture people.
    The world celebrates with America and ore new President. Sorry you can't see that. He is not a God or the messiah but he is an honorable man.

    January 22, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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