Tickets to President Obama’s inauguration are given to the public for free, yet scalpers have been trying to sell them off.
Late last week, Craigslist and eBay both promised not to allow any postings selling the tickets, but that hasn’t stopped criminals from trying to get over.
“This year’s Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies are not for sale,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement. “eBay and Craigslist are doing the right thing in stopping the sale of scalped tickets to one of our nation’s most sacred events. I hope that everyone who was an Inaugural ticket will think twice before posting these tickets on any ticket resale site. This is a chance for people from all 50 states to celebrate democracy, not for ticket scalpers to make a quick buck.”
Some tickets reportedly ranged from $200 each to as much as $4,000.
The inauguration ceremony was held earlier this afternoon, a day after the president took his oath in front of Chief Justice John Roberts. During his inaugural speech the president touched on gun violence, immigration, gay rights, and other issues. “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.,” he said. “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
“Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”
See photos from today’s ceremony below.