NEW YORK - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced Thursday that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery to distribute inaugural tickets to New Yorkers who request them.
The office has received requests for tickets from constituents across Upstate New York who would like to see President Obama sworn in for his second term as President. Schumer's office will distribute tickets during a random drawing that will be held on Dec. 14, 2012.
The deadline to submit requests will be Dec. 13, 2012 with requests only being accepted through Schumer's website. Tickets for the swearing-in ceremony are only provided through Congressional offices and are free of charge.
"The statewide lottery will provide hundreds of New Yorkers the opportunity to experience history as they attend the President's swearing-in ceremony outside of the United States Capital," said Schumer.
To enter, New Yorkers should go to http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/inauguration.cfm, and fill out the entry form. Entrants will be asked to submit their name and address. Two tickets will be given to each lottery winner, and winners will be notified personally after the lottery is held. Schumer noted that only the names of the winners could be made public.
President Obama will take his oath of office on the west front of the United States Capitol. 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.