Real vs. Fake Inaugural Invites

January 19th, 2009

Take a look at these Inaugural Invitations. If you received both in the mail, would you know which to use? My neighbors were anxiously awaiting their Inaugural invitations when they received the invitation pictured above. And then, a few days later, they received the second set, pictured at right. When they received the second set, which is the set needed to gain access to the restricted viewing section, they realized that the invite sent by their local Congressman was intended as a general invitation to “attend,” but not the actual coveted tickets they were awaiting. They were a bit less charitable though, and called them “fake.”

What do you think? Are they “fake?”

And as for the actual tickets, gold tassels, gold engraving and all – they’re beautiful. To the right of the invitations are tickets to the Newseum, where yours truly, along with many working members of the press and thousands of fellow citizens will watch the Inauguration on the Newseum’s 40-foot-by-22-foot high definition media screen and in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater, where news can be viewed on a unique 90-foot-long video wall. If we can get near the windows, we may watch the parade from there, or try to use our tickets (pictured above, far left) to the parade reviewing stand at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue.

I hope to be live tweeting from the festivities and then off to a reception on Capitol Hill. It all seems a bit ambitious given the size of the crowds, but here’s hoping it will be worth it! I’ll be tweeting tomorrow from the Green Moms Carnival twitter account @greenmoms. Sign up to follow me there! And if you like what you see, please cast a vote for us in the Shorty Awards! If you have an active Twitter account, you can vote here!


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