December 30th, 2008
06:53 PM ET
14 years ago

Inaugural committee unveils contest to win swearing-in tickets

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Inauguration preparation continues in Washington."](CNN) - The presidential inaugural committee has borrowed a page from the president-elect's campaign playbook, offering donors the chance to enter a lottery so they can be on hand for the big event - and now, an essay contest that promises the same chance for those who keep their purse-strings closed.

But the committee still expects something in return for a shot at the prize announced Tuesday, which includes: round-trip tickets to Washington, DC, a hard to come by two-night hotel stay, and tickets for winners and a guest to Barack Obama's swearing-in, the inaugural parade, and one of the night's official inaugural balls.

Those interested need to submit an essay by midnight on Thursday, January 8 on the question: "What does this inaugural mean to you?" Committee staff will pick the ten winners.

The committee has said they need to turn to untraditional fund-raising efforts because of new limits the Obama team has placed on the size of donations to help fund inaugural festivities.

Obama's team used a similar fundraising approach during the presidential campaign, offering supporters the chance to win tickets to his acceptance of the Democratic nomination in Denver this summer, and election night celebration in Chicago last month.

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  1. younggiftednblk

    The correct link for the essay contest is

    December 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. happy new year

    i went to the link that you have, it dosen't work, this whole campaign has felt like that our world is about to change for the better, i'd like to be their to share in the magic, God Bless America and the Obama's, and Bidens during this historical event.

    December 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. TCM

    What does it mean to me? The end of an era where many true Americans were proud of their country, and the start of an Entitlement bonaza that will continue the destruction of our wonderful and free way of life. Many don't realize, or simply cannot comprehend that the dems started the entire financial fiasco by forcing the hands of lenders to make loans to those that couldn't possibly afford the houses they were trying to buy, all in the name of "fairness..." So, this inaugeration is a pitiful sign of what this country's become; a gathering of sloth-like liberal minded fools who feel it's ok to not work, but to take from others who have had initiative to make their own way....I hope it Snows 4ft

    December 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. mindmaraud

    let the drama begin

    December 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Pat - California

    Charlie in Maine December 30th, 2008 7:54 pm ET
    I can't wait to share excerpts of it with the blogosphere.

    I can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Retired Army in San Antonio

    I got a ticket........front row's called "My Media Room Couch" 🙂 !

    Best seat in the house (LOL) ....and that's where I'll be for the inauguration!

    December 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Rob Stumpf

    Idiot's like you don't come along everyday.<<

    Thanks, "Proud American". Only that's 'idiots', not 'idiot's'.

    Moral for the day....don't call someone an idiot if you yourself don't know the basic rules of grammar.

    December 30, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Godluvr

    The Inauguration means to me: A giant leap in the right direction, by millions of people of all colors and backgrounds, to embrace the notion that Change is possible. I sigh with tremendous admiration, for a people who dared to buck the old establishment, to unanimously agree that the "content of character" must override the status quo.

    Jan. 20, 2009 will certify that we as a people have changed. Rise and take your bows. I salute you all.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Cam, Atlanta

    Tired of Corporate Politics:

    Whats wrong with Ivy league? Would a thuggish-ruggish, hip-hopish Obama be more acceptable or even electable?

    We all know that some people have to be over-qualified to be acceptable and know be more "magical" and not menacing according to Saltsman. What masters & law degree does bush?

    December 30, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. Sue

    Let me guess... the tickets will go to the "highest bidder", right?

    December 30, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Rob Stumpf

    Bush started the bail-out craze, unfortunately, but Barry Ohno will finish it. Here we go! A trillion dollars in wasted money to shield people from the real world consequences of their own actions! Start cutting those checks, Barry!

    As long as people- Republicans and Democrats alike– believe in the bogus magic of the infinite money printing press- we will go from one economic crisis to another. There is no free lunch to be obtained by simply printing money and spending it.

    December 30, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. Denise

    I already have my tickets. I am not going through all of that

    December 30, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    I know people are upset about the selection of the Pastor for the opening prayer and have as a result disregarded the significance of this......but if you are a true would reflect on our history and realize that the very first Chief Justice of America said:
    Porivdence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty-as well as the privlege and interest-of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.

    To disregard this means one no longer views God as the true leader of this country and woo to US if that is so.

    December 30, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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