Who Needs Tickets to the Inauguration?

Election Night in Washington, D.C., was a rambunctious affair, with crowds dancing in the streets and storming the White House. And it was, by all indicators, only a warm-up for President Obama’s inauguration. Organizers are expecting the turnout to exceed the record 1.5 million people who showed up for Lyndon Johnson in 1965, and the city’s hotels are almost entirely booked already. The government has printed 250,000 tickets, which will be given to congressmen and senators to distribute to constituents. They may sell for as much as $40,000, which has outraged Sen. Dianne Feinstein so much that she is drafting legislation making it a crime to sell them.