FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2008
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES HE WILL HOLD STATEWIDE INTERNET LOTTERY FOR TICKETS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA'S HISTORIC INAUGURATION -- SENATOR'S OFFICE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF REQUESTS FROM UPSTATE NEW YORKERS
Tickets for the Inaugural Ceremonies Are Provided Free Of Charge And Only Distributed Through Congressional Offices
New Yorkers Can Go Online to Submit Their Requests Directly to the Senator's Office - Drawing Will be Held the First Week of December
Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery to distribute inaugural tickets to constituents who request them. The office has received tens of thousands of requests for tickets from Upstate New York constituents who are trying to experience a piece of American history by seeing President-elect Obama sworn in as President. Schumer’s office will distribute 35
“The Inauguration of a new President is always an exciting event,” Schumer said. “But I think we all realize that this year is special. After an historic election season and the extraordinary nomination of Barack Obama, it is time for
To enter, New Yorkers should go to Senator Schumer’s homepage, www.schumer.senate.gov, to enter the lottery. Entrants will be asked to submit their name, address, phone number, and amount of tickets requested (limit 2 per request). They can also fax their request to 2
In total, there are about 24
President-Elect Obama will take his oath of office on the west front of the United States Capitol, a tradition which began with President Ronald Reagan and has continued ever since. The oath of office, noted in Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution is as follows, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama will give his Inaugural address, which traditionally outlines the President’s plan for
Other Inaugural events, such as luncheons and the Inaugural Ball, are off limits to the public, but public festivities will be taking place throughout the city. And although Inaugural traditions have changed through the years, their basic foundation has remained unchanged. The American Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, with its speeches and attendant festivities, has represented both national renewal and continuity of leadership for the past two hundred and will continue to do so into the future.
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