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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
I'm sitting here shivering just thinking about how cold it's going to be in DC on January 20th!! Eek

No, I will be in front of my fireplace, sipping something warm and alcholic ... soaking in the heat and the historic moment. Smile


Girl you better come on with me to Burlington to get some coats and scarves and long-johns and such. 1
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081111/ap_on_go_co/inauguration_tickets

Senator asks sites not to sell inaugural tickets
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer – 38 mins ago

WASHINGTON – The senator overseeing Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony said Monday she's writing to Internet sites like eBay asking them not to sell scalped inauguration tickets. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also said she's crafting a bill that would make a federal crime of selling tickets to the historic event Jan. 20.
Feinstein, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said she foresees overwhelming demand for the 240,000 available tickets and has heard reports they may be sold for as much as $40,000 online.
The tickets are supposed to be free to the public and distributed through congressional offices.

Lawmakers' offices won't get the tickets until shortly before the inauguration, to try to prevent scalping. In-person pickup will be required.

"These tickets are given for free to people. This is a major civic event of the time, and no one pays for their tickets, and we believe no one should be required to pay for their tickets," Feinstein said in an interview.
Besides eBay, Feinstein aides said they are looking at writing to Craig's List and possibly other sites. An eBay spokeswoman, Nichola Sharpe, said the company was in discussions with the Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies but couldn't comment until an outcome was reached.

Feinstein said she was readying legislation for Congress' lame duck session, which begins next week, to make scalping the tickets a misdemeanor punishable by a yet-to-be-determined fine.

She said her own Senate office received 8,000 ticket requests the first day after the election.

Demand was overwhelming supply all over the Capitol. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., had received more than 15,000 ticket requests as of Monday morning, and his spokeswoman said they only expected to have about 500 tickets to give out, though allocations have yet to be made.

Feinstein said she's also concerned about security for the event, which will occur outside the Capitol with crowds likely spilling over the National Mall.

"I am very concerned that this be as secure as is humanly possible. It's a difficult area to secure and we need to give it special attention and that is in the process of being done," she said. Feinstein said she was "of course" concerned that Obama would be a particular target as the nation's first black president.

"We're going to do everything we can to see that he is fully protected," she said. Feinstein will be attending a security briefing Wednesday with the U.S. Capitol Police, the Secret Service and the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee.

Aides couldn't estimate how many people would likely come to Washington, D.C., on top of those with tickets.
"If you don't have a place to stay I think you ought to reconsider coming. It is very cold that time of the year and it's going to be very difficult to get around," Feinstein said.

Coincidentally, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The theme of the inaugural, "A New Birth of Freedom" "” a phrase from the Gettysburg Address "” was chosen even before Obama won the election.

"It's fortuitous it worked out that way," Feinstein said, "when you think that he will stand up there and take the oath of office and look out at the Lincoln Memorial, where these words are engraved."

{cross-posted to Laughs & Smiles because it was my peeve of the day}
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Originally posted by Bill C:
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Originally posted by Diamond:
I plan to go to the Inaugural celebrations in Washington? Yes, I am on the list for tickets. I plan to be there whether I get tickets or not. Are you going? Are you on the list?


Will you share with us how to get on the list? I was thinking about trying to go.


Call your congressman and get on the list.
LOL ... well, I don't really have a *cynical side* about this and I'm not expecting some kind of Columbine situation. However, I do take into consideration that White folks are going through one helluva *first time* here!! Eek So, I'm kinda not sure what they might do because I don't think they know what that might be, either!

But, there's definitely been a (Black people's) genie let out the bottle .. and save for a declaration of marshall law ... he's not ever going back in! Big Grin

White folks will have to make a/the adjustment to a whole new way of thinking and doing things - and not because of Barack or what he may do - but because of the change in mindset of Black America, itself. And I sincerely hope we don't screw this up.

But I see a lot of 19 and Confused and 17 on the part of White folks while we transition into this *new America* which will probably take a little while, but I figure that everyone will eventually find their place.

However, starting it off with MLK Day, followed by a Black man sworn in as POTUS .... cabbage ... hopefully it won't overload their fragile sensibilities. Big Grin
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
It just occurred to me that Barack Obama will be sworn in as president the day after the nation celebrates/commorates the Martin Luther King holiday!!

dance

I sure hope white folks are ready for this! Big Grin


I thought it was pretty memorable when Barack Obama and John McCain debated at the Universisity of Mississippi where James Meredith was the first Black to attend Ole Miss.

"Thousands of students and citizens from the surrounding area, a number of whom were armed, swarmed the campus on September 30, 1962 in a riotous effort to prevent Meredith's enrollment. Meredith, thanks to the protection afforded by federal marshals, was able to enroll and attend his first class on October 2. Two people died during the race riots on campus. Following the riot, elements of an Army National Guard division were stationed in Oxford to subdue future riots. While most Ole Miss students did not riot prior to his official enrollment in the university, many harassed Meredith during his first two semesters on campus." from Wikipedia
It just occurred to me that Barack Obama will be sworn in as president the day after the nation celebrates/commorates the Martin Luther King holiday!! dance



I sure hope white folks are ready for this! Big Grin
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I hope that White people are sitting at home dead drunk or at work on a sugar doughnut and caffine high, crying; bent over horrified in mental agony and physical pain watching Obama getting sworn in as the 44th President and I also hope that they allow the nation to see the Obama's limo up to the White House, walk directly up to the White House doors, turn, wave at the adoring public and shut the White House doors behind them.

I wish that they all end up in psychotherapy!! tfro

This will be a tragic day for millions of Whites once their beloved White House gets dark and I hope that Whites get the full effects of that day.

Sorta like getting hit with a taser. spank
....and I also hope that they allow the nation to see the Obama's limo up to the White House, walk directly up to the White House doors, turn, wave at the adoring public and shut the White House doors behind them.


~That's it right there. Downright spine-tingling. But, Barack doesn't even come close to attributing to it, for me. His "black" just doesn't do it for me. Symbolically speaking, his father gives much, much, MUCH more "fuggALLya'll" to the moment. Native Africans being shipped to a foreign nation, sold, enslaved, murdered, raped, disenfranchised for centuries on end. Then the son of a Native African becomes president of said nation. That's monumental. One day you're African and therefore don't even have the rights God gave a dog, and generations later, you're running thangs. I have to think of it in those terms as it relates to his father. Barack Obama himself is just too "watered down" in every way possible since birth, through childhood, to now, and that fact just "takes away" from the moment, for me. And I can't even look at Michelle and really get back what he takes away. For all intents and purposes, she married a white man. That's an interracial marriage. Nothing against those, mind you. But, blah, as far as getting excited.

But, for all the Native Africans and their descendants that have ever had to LIVE THROUGH THE DETRIMENTAL EXPERIENCE as a Native African and the Descendant of a Native African, it for DAMN SURE is a righteous "fuggallya'll" moment. dance Here's to dancing on the graves of all the "property owners" and spitting in the face of their beneficial descendants.

Hopefully, a righteous moment for women is on the horizon.~
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Originally posted by Diamond:
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
It just occurred to me that Barack Obama will be sworn in as president the day after the nation celebrates/commorates the Martin Luther King holiday!!

dance

I sure hope white folks are ready for this! Big Grin


I thought it was pretty memorable when Barack Obama and John McCain debated at the Universisity of Mississippi where James Meredith was the first Black to attend Ole Miss.

"Thousands of students and citizens from the surrounding area, a number of whom were armed, swarmed the campus on September 30, 1962 in a riotous effort to prevent Meredith's enrollment. Meredith, thanks to the protection afforded by federal marshals, was able to enroll and attend his first class on October 2. Two people died during the race riots on campus. Following the riot, elements of an Army National Guard division were stationed in Oxford to subdue future riots. While most Ole Miss students did not riot prior to his official enrollment in the university, many harassed Meredith during his first two semesters on campus." from Wikipedia


That is such a very sad thing that a young Black man had to go through that just to get an education. I remember seeing stuff like that happen on TV. It was such a frightening thing. I wish more young people could realize and appreciate that they are standing on the shoulders of young brave Black men like this one.
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
LOL ... well, I don't really have a *cynical side* about this and I'm not expecting some kind of Columbine situation. However, I do take into consideration that White folks are going through one helluva *first time* here!! Eek So, I'm kinda not sure what they might do because I don't think they know what that might be, either!

But, there's definitely been a (Black people's) genie let out the bottle .. and save for a declaration of marshall law ... he's not ever going back in! Big Grin

White folks will have to make a/the adjustment to a whole new way of thinking and doing things - and not because of Barack or what he may do - but because of the change in mindset of Black America, itself. And I sincerely hope we don't screw this up.

But I see a lot of 19 and Confused and 17 on the part of White folks while we transition into this *new America* which will probably take a little while, but I figure that everyone will eventually find their place.

However, starting it off with MLK Day, followed by a Black man sworn in as POTUS .... cabbage ... hopefully it won't overload their fragile sensibilities. Big Grin


If you keep speaking for white people, i will start speaking for black people.
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Originally posted by jlokes:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by EbonyRose:
LOL ... well, I don't really have a *cynical side* about this and I'm not expecting some kind of Columbine situation. However, I do take into consideration that White folks are going through one helluva *first time* here!! Eek So, I'm kinda not sure what they might do because I don't think they know what that might be, either!

But, there's definitely been a (Black people's) genie let out the bottle .. and save for a declaration of marshall law ... he's not ever going back in! Big Grin

White folks will have to make a/the adjustment to a whole new way of thinking and doing things - and not because of Barack or what he may do - but because of the change in mindset of Black America, itself. And I sincerely hope we don't screw this up.

But I see a lot of 19 and Confused and 17 on the part of White folks while we transition into this *new America* which will probably take a little while, but I figure that everyone will eventually find their place.

However, starting it off with MLK Day, followed by a Black man sworn in as POTUS .... cabbage ... hopefully it won't overload their fragile sensibilities. Big Grin


WTF speaking for white folks
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Originally posted by OhBlackButterfly:
For all intents and purposes, she married a white man. That's an interracial marriage. Nothing against those, mind you.


20 That is some of the stupidest shit I have ever read on this site... You have taken Obamaphobia to an entirely different, radically illogical level! Thanks for the laugh though...

As for me, I'll be hanging out with another race by attending another 'Kenyan caucus'! Razz

Damn OBB, that was too ig'nant... I have tears in my eyes...
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by OhBlackButterfly:
For all intents and purposes, she married a white man. That's an interracial marriage. Nothing against those, mind you.


20 That is some of the stupidest shit I have ever read on this site... You have taken Obamaphobia to an entirely different, radically illogical level! Thanks for the laugh though...

As for me, I'll be hanging out with another race by attending another 'Kenyan caucus'! Razz

Damn OBB, that was too ig'nant... I have tears in my eyes...



~You're quite welcome! girl Happy to oblige! I was in tears that night when Obama tried to be black and crack a joke and mixed up Fred Sanford's "Elizabeth, I'm coming to join ya', honey!" with George Jefferson and Weezy!!! THAT was some stupid shit!!! lol So sad and pitiful. But, not too sad to be hillarious, though! laugh Po' thang. Bless his heart. He does try! appl He's more at ease in front of white crowds. We kind of through him for a loop. lol lol lol laugh 20...whew!!! lol I'm willing to bet he has NEVER, not ONCE watched an episode of either show. 19 Hmmm...that may be to his credit! Razz. But, clearly this was included in his "prep" for a "black populus audience" and it went right over his head and he didn't think there was a need to write it down and place it on the podium before him for backup reference. Kind of insulting that he would stoop to trying THAT ignorant shit! It HAD to be advice from one of his many WHITE advisers. His black advisors...does he have any?....anyway, his black advisers wouldn't not have let him do it! So sad.

Obama Aid:

"Pssssst....Mr. Obama, you can make a good crack on McCain/Palin and a BIG HIT with the blacks if you say this...". 18

laugh He should just stick to what he's most comfortable with. tongue It's hardly illogical or radical to recognize that he hasn't a real clue about being black. Only what he "learns" and fuggs up. He's admitted to having to grapple with that (his black half), and it lead him to drug abuse and such, so I won't ride him too hard. Like I said, at least he makes the effort. It was still funny as hell, though. But, I don't think he noticed. He thought we were laughing with him! lol So, it was all good!~
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
I think OBB done finally lost it. ek ohsnap


~Oh, come on! Wink Even Obamamaniacs HAVE to admit that messing that (Fred Sandford for George Jefferson) up was a sure as hell clue that he had to be "prepped" about something he had NO IDEA about, that being black pop culture. They fed him an ice-breaker and he flubbed it. No big deal as he didn't even realize that he'd messed it up and I rather doubt that it was brought to his attention later. But, it didn't go over OUR heads.

Another excrutiatingly annoying thing that he kept repeating was "That's what I'm talkeeeng about! That's what I'm talkeeeeng about!" With that hard "e". So square. I know I've heard him dropping his "ing's" before, so I don't know what was up with that, other than like I said, we threw him for a loop and his game just wasn't as tight.

But, you all go right ahead in believing that he's blackblackblacketyblack. Big Grin Whatever you say.

He's black, and he is white, in the literal and biological sense, but that's where it ends. In every way that matters (socially, that is) that is a white man and the only area that he has "one up" on the occasional 100% "white man" that we occasionally come across in our midst who "acts black" is that Obama actually has the skin to back him up.

However, they are BOTH white men that have "picked up" or "learned" black and tried it on for size. And you know good and well that you've come across some WHITE men who pull it off a lot better than Obama does. He's not quite there. And he doesn't have to get there. It's neither here nor there how black OBB thinks Obama is. It's just my HONEST observation that he ISN'T there. And your *fitful coughing* faux observation that I've "lost it", and am "radically illogical". You doth protest too much.

Ya'll know that man straddles the racial fence and is much more "real" and comfortable on the white side...due greatly to his upbringing surrounded abundantly by whites with a literal "peppering" of blacks. He's got Hawaiin schoolmates that say they've never seen him even DATE black. Michelle has been good for him, and they have gorgeous daughters, and they are the First Family. Happy ending. Just stating my opinion as is my right. And you're falsely representing as is yours. Wink lol~
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Originally posted by OhBlackButterfly:
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
I think OBB done finally lost it. ek ohsnap


~Oh, come on! Wink Even Obamamaniacs HAVE to admit that messing that (Fred Sandford for George Jefferson) up was a sure as hell clue that he had to be "prepped" about something he had NO IDEA about, that being black pop culture. They fed him an ice-breaker and he flubbed it. No big deal as he didn't even realize that he'd messed it up and I rather doubt that it was brought to his attention later. But, it didn't go over OUR heads.


1) I'm not an "Obamaniac"
2) I agree but was it worth all the theatrics and acting like you were revealing Obama's plan to blow up Reality?
3) I know you're upset about Hill-dog losing but hey, buck up because it looks like there's a good possibility of her becoming Secretary of State. Something I'm not happy about because I have almost no tolerance left for the Clintons and their brand of "liberalism" but I thought it might cheer you up.
IMO
You can not live in America and not realize you are Black regardless who raises you. Obama was searching for his "Blackness" from the day he realized he was Black. He is more "well-rounded" in his identity than most bi-racial folks I have known. His father was not African American from the slave history. He was African from Kenya. But, as African Americans from the slave history we are now having to embrace those who are African Americans among us in this country who do not share that same history. But, lets not forget his wife shares our slave history as well as his children.

OBB is making remarks about Obama being more comfortable with white folks like its a bad thing. Well, I disagree because if it was not for this comfort he would not be president. Lets not get a big head and think we Black folks voted him in office. We are not the majority in this country. It was the white folks who put him in office because they are VERY comfortable with him and sick of our current situation.
fro @ Diamond I agree with you completely. Whitefolks who are sick and tired of this mess we're currently in as well as Hispanic put him in office. Cuz it is time. That iron-wall is chisling down. And everything fell into place, quite nicely I must add. For me however, it doesn't matter if he is from African American descent or not-I don't think if he was, he would have gotten all this appeal. Let's face it, a lot of us have issues and not ready for that BIG leap. The right person is in office. And I am more than pleased. Not to be confused with big-headedness-cuz I know that traditionally Africans past and present have done amazing things not only for this country but for the entire WORLD. So it will be interesting, to say the least, what this future of having a Black President will unfold. Smile fro
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by OhBlackButterfly:
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
I think OBB done finally lost it. ek ohsnap


~Oh, come on! Wink Even Obamamaniacs HAVE to admit that messing that (Fred Sandford for George Jefferson) up was a sure as hell clue that he had to be "prepped" about something he had NO IDEA about, that being black pop culture. They fed him an ice-breaker and he flubbed it. No big deal as he didn't even realize that he'd messed it up and I rather doubt that it was brought to his attention later. But, it didn't go over OUR heads.


1) I'm not an "Obamaniac"
2) I agree but was it worth all the theatrics and acting like you were revealing Obama's plan to blow up Reality?
3) I know you're upset about Hill-dog losing but hey, buck up because it looks like there's a good possibility of her becoming Secretary of State. Something I'm not happy about because I have almost no tolerance left for the Clintons and their brand of "liberalism" but I thought it might cheer you up.


~1. Obmamaniac, Obamaphobic? Who can tell? So we should comprehend what one posts, no?

2. I posted why "Obama doesn't do it for ME" as far as getting excited about this "black" man entering the white house, because he is biolgically just as much black as white, BUT socially he is a white man that "picked up" (some) blackness along the way in his adult years. No "big reveal" to the masses. Just my opinion. I'm more excited about the representation of his Native African father. THAT does it for me.

3. Ain't a damn thang to "cheer" about as far as Hillary possibly being SOS. I've said numerous times, I DON'T WANT HILLARY CLINTON ANYWHERE NEAR A PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION.
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Originally posted by Diamond:
IMO
You can not live in America and not realize you are Black regardless who raises you. Obama was searching for his "Blackness" from the day he realized he was Black. He is more "well-rounded" in his identity than most bi-racial folks I have known. His father was not African American from the slave history. He was African from Kenya. But, as African Americans from the slave history we are now having to embrace those who are African Americans among us in this country who do not share that same history. But, lets not forget his wife shares our slave history as well as his children.

OBB is making remarks about Obama being more comfortable with white folks like its a bad thing. Well, I disagree because if it was not for this comfort he would not be president. Lets not get a big head and think we Black folks voted him in office. We are not the majority in this country. It was the white folks who put him in office because they are VERY comfortable with him and sick of our current situation.


~When I posted that he should stick with what he is most comfortable with, I was speaking strictly to his personal presentation (speeches and the like). If he refrained from "changing up" according to the make-up of his audience, then he wouldn't have to be "prepped" and make silly mistakes. And "changing up" can be insulting, as well. For instance, when Oprah was stumping for him in South Carolina and changed into her "southern preacha'" cadence. She didn't sound like she did in Iowa before that.

It is not a bad thing that he is biracial, and it is not a bad thing that his racial comfort zone (doesn't have to "try" so hard) is with his white side. What I criticized was strictly the "changing up" in his presentations. Even if he had gotten the Fred Sanford joke right, I STILL would have been irritated with that "That's what I'm talkeeeenggg about!" mess. NOBODY, not even white people, says that "phrase" with a hard "ing", not when there using it in the context in which he was. You now what I'm sayeeeengg?~
...Back to the topic of whether peeps are going to see Obama inaugurated in January...here's a cute article by Donna Brazile talking about all the "kinfolks" who have called her trying to find a place to stay in D.C.

I laughed because of all the stories i've heard online and offline about folks calling up their D.C. peeps, distant cousins, old classmates, ex-lovers etc, begging to stay at their home and sleep anywhere, even on the floor, just to see the historic event...

Get ready for scenes from another event on the mall featuring millions of af-ams... Peeps are converging on D.C. like a black invasion lol


Donna Brazile getting ready for Inauguration


Commentary: Washington getting ready for event of a lifetime

By Donna Brazile
CNN Contributor

Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist, is a political contributor for CNN. She also is the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and founder of Brazile & Associates, a Washington-based political consulting firm. Brazile, who was the campaign manager for the Al Gore-Joe Lieberman ticket in 2000, wrote "Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics," a memoir about her life in politics.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Is it just me or has everyone living within a 120-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol Building heard from his or her fifth cousin lately?

Lord knows I have. I even had someone who shares my last name contact me, wondering if we were kin.

Relatives, friends, casual acquaintances and complete strangers are suddenly ablaze with desire to connect with Washington area residents: They are all planning to descend on the nation's capital for the inauguration ceremonies of the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama.

There is one hitch, though. They don't have tickets. And, oh by the way, they hint ever so delicately, there are absolutely no hotel rooms available.

Perhaps I should have expected that my mailboxes -- phone, e-mail and front door -- would be stuffed beyond capacity with the anguished requests and unsolicited resumes of those seeking tickets and jobs.

After all, for tens of millions of Americans, the Obama presidency is the most important historic event in our lifetime.

For both those who never knew what it was to live through segregation and those who had to drink at separate water fountains, this is the moment to proclaim freedom and love of country. And every single one of them wants to either participate in it or give witness to its rebirth in 2009.

People aren't just fired up and ready to celebrate Obama's inauguration. In what will be a perfect storm of jubilation and celebration, 2009 is the year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the NAACP, and the 80th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's birth.

A sister of one of my best friends from elementary school e-mailed to tell me that she's bringing three busloads of people from my hometown of New Orleans. Three busloads of folks from my hometown who love the Mardi Gras -- during good and bad times. I told them to come on and we'll see what's cooking on the stove.

Knowing Louisiana people, they will have something spicy or cold ready to go when they stand along the Mall to view the procession from the U.S. Capitol. Many of these people lost everything just a few years ago. And if they have saved up to come, well, come on. Some of us still remember what it was like to sleep four to five to a room.

So, with Washingtonians like me being set upon as if we were the last lifeboat on the Titanic, I have one burning question. Where are all these people going to sleep? Will churches open up their basement floors or pews? Will recreation centers and college stadiums allow buses to park on their expansive lots so people can just catch the Metro downtown?

Months ago, I thought some new boots would be a nice gift for myself for the holidays, but now all I want for Christmas are gigantic cases of toilet paper, paper towels, and bottled water for the sundry assortment of Braziles trying to make reservations to stay with me.

I've even rewritten my letter to Santa, asking him to send a half dozen air mattresses to accommodate what my Capitol Hill home will transform into come the weekend of January 16 -- a dormitory.

To be sure, the swearing-in tickets will be extremely difficult to come by. Already, the office of my congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, unable to handle the more than 10,000 calls it has already received, installed answering machines to collect the incoming multitude of names and contact information.

Yet D.C. delegate Norton, like her colleagues in the U.S. House and Senate, will have but a couple hundred tickets to dole out to the hordes of constituents clamoring for them.

And don't bet the farm on those online offers to sell you tickets. They are illegal. California Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced legislation that will scalp the scalpers with a $100,000 fine and a year in jail for selling inauguration tickets, real or forged.

"This legislation," she explained to a Congress eager to turn her bill into law during its upcoming lame duck session, "is meant to immediately stop the unscrupulous behavior of those who obtain these tickets for free and then seek to profit by selling them, often at dramatically inflated prices. This bill also would target those duping the public with fraudulent tickets or promises of tickets they don't actually have."

Told to hope not so long ago by the president-elect, what is an energized electorate to do?

Well, as a former community organizer, let me offer some advice.

If you're lucky enough to get a ticket from your member of Congress, get ready for a massive crowd of people. We're talking crowds expected to number up to 4 million people.

Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, couches, and air mattresses located inside the beltway are already filled. So do what are others are doing and extend your search south into Richmond and north into Baltimore.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty is working hard to open up as much public space as possible. But it's up to federal officials to leave the area from the base of the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument open and to extend the viewing area to the Lincoln Memorial so more people can get a taste, if not a glimpse, of history in the making.

Some people will decide not to bother with all the fuss, especially when their television set offers them a front-row seat. They'll find ways to celebrate right where they are. In the end, they may prove to be the wisest among us.

Let us call upon ourselves to celebrate Obama's inauguration and next year's anniversaries with a renewed commitment to public service, cooperation, and common sacrifice.

Let us focus not on our own wants but the needs of one another.

Let us bring alive in our daily actions King's dream of a promised land, an America reborn in equality of opportunity.

No matter if you come here or stay home, let us together make the inaugural celebration of our nation's 44th president a time of rejoicing, remembrance, and renewal.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Donna Brazile.

All AboutBarack Obama "¢ U.S. Capitol "¢ Martin Luther King
Okay. I'm trying to get plane tickets. Nothing under $650 for any of the three airports.

How badly do I really want to go? 7

Can my budget absorb this? ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Obama may end up having to receive my support vibes from afar.

I really wanted to go though since both my parents are deceased. Their struggle needs to be represented.

But, my budget will just freak.

Someone make this decision for me. Absolve me of responsibility. 1
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Originally posted by ATPWordPro:
Okay. I'm trying to get plane tickets. Nothing under $650 for any of the three airports.

How badly do I really want to go? 7

Can my budget absorb this? ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Obama may end up having to receive my support vibes from afar.

I really wanted to go though since both my parents are deceased. Their struggle needs to be represented.

But, my budget will just freak.

Someone make this decision for me. Absolve me of responsibility. 1


DO IT, girl!!! Get your tickets .. get your inauguration ON!!! Party ... dance .. be a part of history .. enjoy ... cry ... smile!! Love every once-in-a-lifetime (bone-chilling) moment of it!! cabbage


And know that you won't be eating Top Ramen forever afterwards!! Big Grin Meat & veggies will be reintroduced into your diet before you know it! laugh


(But I do mean the "Go" part! I can't imagine that it wouldn't be worth it. Smile)
I'm on the list, and...

I have a room reserved...in Silver Spring, and... on the Metro line about one-half (1/2) mile from the Metro station.

But...I am now thinking that even if I get a ticket...I will not go...for a whole bunch of reasons that would not be important to anyone else.

If I get a ticket, I will offer to someone else.

I will also offer the room to anyone who wants it before I cancel.

PEACE

Jim Chester
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
I'm on the list, and...

I have a room reserved...in Silver Spring, and... on the Metro line about one-half (1/2) mile from the Metro station.

But...I am now thinking that even if I get a ticket...I will not go...for a whole bunch of reasons that would not be important to anyone else.

If I get a ticket, I will offer to someone else.

I will also offer the room to anyone who wants it before I cancel.

PEACE

Jim Chester


You have a room in Silver Spring? I grew up in Silver Spring. 1

Anyhow, with the prodding of ER and others, I went ahead and purchased my airline tickets yesterday. I don't have tickets to any events, but I'm going anyway.

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