On a very cold January morning in 2009, I was lucky enough to be one of 1.8 million people celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama in person. I went with a group of college friends, all hardcore Democrats, and we celebrated for days. I was elated by the direction our country was moving, and I knew Obama was going to be a great president.
My scheduled post for yesterday was going to be about how to get Inauguration tickets, but I’ve decided not to go this year. Inauguration is the most partisan celebration in the country. I hope that the Republicans who go enjoy themselves, but I would feel like a party crasher if I went this time around. At the bottom of this post, in the spirit of American unity, I’ll list what to do if you are a Republican or Trump supporter looking for Inauguration tickets.
Here are my favorite photos from Obama’s Inauguration, plus a few bonus photos from the 2008 election.
Washington DC Greets the Obamas
Picking Up the Tickets
Going to the Inauguration Ceremony
Bonus Photos: Obama campaign speech in October, 2008
Going to Inauguration 2017
The next Inauguration is January 20, 2017. These events are huge celebrations for the winning candidate and party. I would not suggest going for presidents from a different party IF you care deeply about politics and your candidate. However, if you aren’t political but want to go from a historic event/American history perspective, you would still have a good time.
- Call or email BOTH your senators and your Congressman or Congresswoman to request tickets. They will get a certain allotment of tickets and give them out via lottery. Request them as soon as you decide you want to go.
- Book lodging early. D.C. will have a million+ visitors during the Inauguration window. Just make sure you can cancel and get your money back if you don’t get tickets.
- You will need to get to town a few days early to pick up your tickets from the legislator that gives them to you. They cannot be picked up Day of
- The day of the event starts early. You’ll need to be able to get to the Capital building by transit and walking early enough to get through security.
- Enjoy yourself! You’re participating in American history.