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SCHUMER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF STATEWIDE LOTTERY FOR TICKETS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SECOND SWEARING-IN
Schumer Was Joined by Ticket Winners and Their Families As He Discussed the Historic Inauguration
Each of the Over 130 Winners From Upstate New York Will Receive Two Tickets to the 57th Swearing-In Ceremony; Tens of Thousands Of New Yorkers Entered the Lottery
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers entered the lottery. 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 January 21st, 2013. 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.”
In total, 225 New Yorkers won tickets to President Barack Obama’s Inauguration. The Upstate New York winners break down as follows: 21 from Central New York; 22 from the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region; 36 from the Capital Region; 14 from the Southern Tier; 11 from Western New York; and 29 from the Hudson Valley.
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.
The 57th quadrennial Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies will take place on January 21, 2013. The day begins with a procession to the U.S. Capitol. Schumer will accompany President Obama to the Capitol for the ceremonies and Inaugural luncheon. A parade will follow the events at the Capitol, featuring marching bands, marching units, and other performers chosen by the Joint Task Force-National Capitol Region.
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.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Obama will give his second Inaugural address. The custom of delivering an address on Inauguration Day started with George Washington’s Inauguration on April 30, 1789. After taking his oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, Washington proceeded to the Senate chamber where he read a speech before members of Congress and other dignitaries. His second Inauguration took place in Philadelphia on March 4, 1793, in the Senate chamber of Congress Hall. Washington gave the shortest Inaugural address on record, 135 words, before repeating the oath of office. The tradition of delivering an Inaugural address has continued to this day. And although Inaugural traditions have changed through the years, their basic foundation has remained unchanged. The American Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies, with their speeches and attendant festivities, have represented both national renewal and continuity of leadership for the past two hundred and will continue to do so into the future.