Niagara Gazette — Eleven unnamed Western New Yorkers won the statewide lottery for tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers entered the lottery. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office selected 225 winners from across New York state, each of whom will receive two general admission tickets to the inauguration to be held on Jan. 21.
Schumer is chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and announced his lottery in November. Schumer said that because of the limited number of tickets, the lottery was the only fair way to distribute the tickets his office received. “I am thrilled for these New Yorkers, who will soon be headed to Washington D.C. to witness a piece of America’s history,” said Schumer. “The winners of this lottery have the unique opportunity to attend President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and I am certain that they will remember this moment for years and years to come. Although I wish all of New York could attend the Inauguration, I ask you to join me in congratulating these lucky New Yorkers for winning their tickets.” Every person wishing admittance to the Inaugural ceremonies, including children, must have a ticket. Individuals without valid tickets will not be admitted. Tickets are color-coded to facilitate entrance to the ceremony. Entrance will be granted only at the gate indicated on each ticket. President Obama will take his oath of office on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. The oath of office, prescribed in Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution is as follows: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.