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
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.