Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), announced the theme for the 2009 presidential inaugural set to take place on January 20, 2009 at the National Mall in
"A New Birth of Freedom," commemorates the 200th anniversary of 16th US President Abraham Lincoln's birth. The words come from the
"On January 20, as President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he will look across the National Mall toward the Lincoln Memorial, where many of the sixteenth President's immortal words are inscribed. Although some inaugural traditions have changed since
About 250,000 tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The JCCIC does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.
The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.