The Rachel Maddow Show | January 07, 2013
>>> only two weeks to go now until the obama administration begins. the second obama administration two weeks to go until the ceremonial swearing in of president obama and vice president biden at the u.s. capitol . it will happen on monday, january 21st . now, that is also martin luther king day . interesting, though. the constitution says the president has to be sworn in specifically on the 20th day of january, not the 21st. but the 20th of january falls on a sunday this year. so they have decided to do this as kind of a two-step. on sunday, the 20th, chief justice john roberts will swear in president obama for his second term. but they'll do it at an official, small ceremony at the white house at noon on sunday. the following day, on monday, that will be the whole pomp and circumstance giant event. but that second swearing in ceremony, the big one on the day with everybody there, that is going to be ceremonial, because the real one will have happened the day before. it's kind of weird, right? that this is the second time president obama and chief justice john roberts are going to have kind of a hincky time with the swearing in. remember what happened the first time with those two? chief justice said part of the oath wrong the first time. so just to be safe, they had to go back the next day and repeat the oath privately in the map room at the white house . this time the private oath will come first and the public oath will come second. and that oath, second, this time they plan it in advance, not having to plan differently because of the chief justice. the big show -up will be just a big a show as it was the last time. the tradition is, no matter who is becoming president, no matter their party, the custom is that this is a ceremony that americans really like to watch. we want to celebrate, chances are, statistically speaking, your guy won. also, the transfer of elections and the power does not happen much in the world, peacefully. it is a remarkable thing even when that transfer of power is to that same president for four more years. look at this, nearly 2 million showed up from the national mall , all the way from the capitol to the monument and beyond. this year there is a number of different ways to watch. you can watch at home on tv, i will be anchoring the coverage with my colleagues at 9:40 in the morning, so if you want to do that. no tickets required. you just need cable. if you want to get closer, come out to the national mall like many did last time. if you want a seat, those are given to members of congress, free of charge. there are not a lot of seats, but you just have to ask your congressman or congresswoman. this year, another interesting thing, the people who planned the inauguration decided to make official the tickets to the balls, and also the tickets to watch the general parade for the general public . 60 bucks, tickets to the parade, 60 bucks, certainly it is steep, but not a bad idea, not all bad prices. but then it went very wrong, the system for getting those tickets was supposed to be this. the official request at the website, somebody decided that ticket master would handle the sales, there after. the on-line ticket service? they sent out an e-mail yesterday to people who signed up on the website, saying the public tickets for the inauguration ball would go on sale today. also they said that before the tickets went on sale today, monday, would be on an exclusive link to buy the tickets. that is what they said yesterday, nothing more to happen on sunday, but today was the day for the link to the e-mail for the tickets going on sale. except then they blew it. four hours later, sunday night, still sunday, ticket master sent out the link to buy tickets and it worked and people were able to buy tickets before they were supposed on on sale. and yes, they say because they started to sell tickets a day early, "a significant number of tickets were sold." and when they say a significant number of tickets were sold, they mean all of them. they sold all of the tickets, gone before this date on which they were supposed to be on sale. ticket master is blaming a computer glitch , saying they are "taking responsibility for the mistake." but them taking responsibility doesn't mean they are going to fix the mistake. they will not say void the early tickets and start over in the interest of being fair, they're just going with their mistake. so everybody who waited until tickets were supposed to go on sale, there are no tickets for you. and everybody who kind of illicitly bought a ticket yesterday ahead of the announced schedule, you get to keep your tickets, unless you don't want to keep them. we don't know how the website procured the tickets to the inaugural ball, but the tickets were there for almost $ 1900 each. if you got them from the committee, remember, they were 60 bucks. but the day they were supposed to be on sale your option is a scalper for 30 times that much. and yes, ticket master still charged their service charge , which is nice work if you can get it. and tell me again why ticket master got this work?