NEW ORLEANS - Congressional offices around Louisiana report

getting thousands of ticket requests for the January inauguration

of Barack Obama as president, but they have only hundreds to

distribute.

House and Senate offices around the country report being swamped

with demand, even though allocations to each office are in the

range of 200 to 500.

Sen. Mary Landrieu's office has reported 12,000 requests. Sen.

David Vitter's office last week also reported several thousand

requests; As of last Thursday, Rep. William Jefferson had requests

for some 2,500 tickets.

Congressional offices are trying to cope, with some limiting the

number of per-person requets and others taking pains to make sure

tickets can be distributed on a first-called basis.