This is the weekend where thousands upon thousands of people are set and ready to head out to Washington, D.C. It’s getting closer and closer and in a number of days we will have the first person of African-American heritage sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. It’s an exciting time for many. Millions are taking to this event as if its the start-all and end-all of all social events. Almost every media organization in the country are doing Inauguration related stories sending reporters and photographers to Washington, trying to find people going to the Inauguration, and detailing every minute of that day.
One thing that’s interesting to note is that just this past week the Senate passed legislation to make it illegal to sell Inaugural tickets. Since Barack Obama was announced the winner of the election people knew that the Inauguration would be the hottest event in town. Request for tickets went into the millions. But what many people didn’t know is that tickets were free, if you were able to obtain one from a congressman. Up until Tuesday, if you managed to get your hands on one and didn’t want to go, there was no problem with you selling it, as there was a bit of demand for them. Now if you sell them you risk fines and jail time.
But for those of us who do have a ticket and have not sold it, or decided to afford the air fare, hotels, and the other expenses of a trip to the nation’s capital would cost then what can you expect when you get to D.C.? Dozens of Inaugural Balls, concerts and other social events. You could see the likes of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Marc Anthony, Sheryl Crow, and the list goes on. In fact, if you want to see your favorite musical act, you can likely see them somewhere in Washington, D.C. sometime this weekend. A select few people will be able to see the Inauguration from Pennsylvania Ave, a number that’s expected to be tripled for those in the National Mall.
Not for nothin’, but indeed millions are taking trips to Washington, D.C. to witness history, but will the frenzy get out of hand? Has it already gotten out of hand?