If you have no desire to accompany your respective state’s legion of douchebag political consultants to your state-centric inaugural ball, you have few options these days. The Obama Inauguration Committee shaved the number of inaugural balls* down by half this year due to lack of interest, and getting tickets to only public ball where Obama will show up just got a little trickier.
Some people hoping to share a dance floor with the president and vice president on January 21 got a lucky break yesterday, while countless more are indubitably pissed off. Ticketmaster, which is handling the ticketing for the sole official inaugural ball open to the public, goofed yesterday when it emailed invitations to purchase tickets to some people, prompting an early run on some of the hottest tickets of the year.
The tickets were not intended to go on sale until today, but as soon as the exclusive links were sent out, recipients jumped on the unexpected early opportunity and began snapping up tickets. And now, instead of the regularly scheduled online queueing and page refreshing that lusted-after tickets inspire, the inaugural ball was sold out thanks to a technical glitch. Aoife McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, confirms in an interview that the supply of tickets is gone.
First of all, if you didn’t laugh at that thing about shaved balls, we’re not friends anymore. Second, apparently this all has to do with an email list you were supposed to sign up for months ago that would alert you when tickets went on sale. Last night, the list got an unexpected email, even though the administration itself had stressed that tickets would not go on sale until early this morning. Third, Ticketmaster also confused the hell out of people when it failed to note the difference between receiving an invitation to purchase tickets and actually purchasing tickets, the latter activity being a first-come, first-served situation.
Fortunately, Ticketmaster believes it will sort out all of the hard feelings with a note.
Don’t think too hard on the content, because the explanation itself doesn’t make sense. The gist, however, is that Ticketmaster is taking full responsibility, and would like you to know that you are still able to purchase themed tube socks even if you don’t snag yourself an invite to the black tie affairs.