Oprah Winfrey's going to D.C. for Obama: How you can get tickets to show

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Oprah Winfrey herself confirmed earlier this week she'd be taking her show on the road to D.C. for Barack Obama's inauguration bash -- so how do you get your hands on what'll be some of the hottest tickets in the District?

Winfrey will tape at least two shows in the nation's capitol from the Kennedy Center Opera House -- with a live episode airing Jan. 19.

If you're looking to possibly score tickets to Winfrey's D.C. shows, start checking the show's reservation page like it's your day job. Ticket reservations are sure to go like hot cakes -- especially with an estimated 4 million people expected to flock to witness Obama's swearing in.

The show also is looking for people who'll be trekking it to the inauguration and Winfrey's people want to hear what you're doing to get there and witness history.

If you're one of the lucky to get tickets -- shoot me an e-mail -- was it hard? What did you have to do to get them?

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Please...is there any way to get tickets to the Oprah taping in DC on Jan 19 or Jan 22? We would do anything...volunteer...stand....drive someone...live 30 min outside of DC in Gaithersburg, MD....Thank you for your consideration.

"Every creed and race would find an equal place in history"

As I write to request four tickets for this extremely special event, I am once again moved to tears. The meaning of these tickets would be (1) In memmory of my dear mom who passed away 5 yrs ago but felt in her spirit that "this young man" would someday be the President of the United States; (2) my American born son who passed away at day-7 after birth; (3) my two American born grandsons 7 and 9 years who currently live in Atlanta (I hope and pray that some day they would bring "YES WE CAN" to yet another level in history, and last but not least myself, to represent all the other Canadians who could not be there for this memmorable occasion.

Be blessed.

Anne-Maria
905-897-0707

This will be such an exciting and breath-taking moment in history...a moment that I never thought I would live to see. I am a 55 yr. old female and I am the guardian and caregiver for my 91 yr. old mom who is in advanced stages of Alzheimer disease. I work a part-time job at night and take care of my mom in the daytime. It is my choice to keep my mom in her own home and make sure that she is as comfortable as possible. Although I have home health aides that also assist with her care, I still am very timid when it comes to leaving my mom to go out of town. Last February, I had to travel out of town to be with my oldest son who was having surgery but while I was away, my mom had to be hospitalized because she had contracted pnuemonia. If if were not for the historic significance of this occasion, I would not be leaving her at this time. If I am granted four tickets to the Oprah Winfrey show, I would use one for myself and I would feel as though I were representing my mom who would never have dreamed in her 91 years that an African-American could become president of the United States and live in the white house with his family. My son lives in D.C and has purchased my plane ticket to come there for the inauguration. I would never have been able to afford the plane fare myself. I would use the other three tickets for my wonderful, thoughtful son and two very special friends. It would be icing on the cake if we could also come to Oprah's Inaugural Ball!! Thanks in advance for your consideration.

I am glad you have will be presenting this "MAGNANIMOUS" event to those who cannot be there....I as well as others have contacted my congressman to be in the number, but to no avail. Even if I don't get in, I'll be in the midst.

As a youth leader and member of Emmanuel Temple C.O.G.I.C. (Jersey City, NJ) We're three generations deep. My father, who was at the March on Washington with his pop and siblings. Myself, who attended the Redeem the Dream in Washington and now this my brother looking to take his sons.

We would love it if you can spare tickets to you show, we would greatly appreciate it. (5 tickets)

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Bless
K.Suzette Porter
kporter@caldwell.edu

I am a baby boomer who recently celebrated her 60th birthday and, to be honest, I really didn't know if I would see an African American President in my lifetime. When the words flashed across the screen that Barack Obama had been declared the next President, I cried for everyone that was not here to witness this momentus occasion. If I am awarded tickets to the show, I would document this event so that I could pass it down to my children, and especially my grandchildren, as they are the next generation to benefit from our new President. This is history, and I would definitely like to be a part of it!

Our Dear Oprah:

It is really wonderful that you are hosting your show in washington. I was in an accident 7 years ago and become paraplegic. i am using wheel chair now. It is my great wish that i can be part of this historic inaugural celebration of our President Barack Obama. Also would like to join Michaelle and kids at this wonderful occation. He is a man with simplecity and passion for all Americans.

I am requesting 2 tickets so me and my husband can comeout and join all of you at this great function. Please, If you could grant our wish we would truly be grateful.


Thank you,

Jomole Philip
jomolephilip@yahoo.com

To Whom it May Concern:
please, please,please, I would love to have to tickets to Oprah's show..I was too young for the march on Washington but I plan to attend this fantastic, wonderful event of our lifetime..As others, I've placed my name on a waiting list for tickets to the inauguration events from our congress. But I would love to have tickets to the Oprah Show.....please, please.... cwatkn@aol.com....thanks...

Why are all these comments filled with begging and sad stories of why you deserve a ticket? Read the story folks---you have to go to Oprah.com/Reservations for ticket requests and sad sack stories.

This is unbelieveable...where is the diversity anymore in this Country? If you dont think like Oprah then you cant go to the Inauguration? I've never seen such sameness and lack of diversity and different thinking in all of my life.

This is going to be a great Administration---catering to only those who agree with you.

I dont want tickets to this Farce. And if you do, go to Oprah.com, not here. Nobody reads these comments except us.

I signed up to request tickets on oprah.com this am (they apparently stopped taking requests around 1:30 CST) - Have my fingers crossed

I signed up on Oprah.com to request tickets. Apparantly they stopped taking requests around 1:30 central time. I've got my fingers crossed

I have been so moved by the excitement of having Barak Obama as the first African American to be
Inaugurated as the President of the United States. Further, the activities sponsored by our leading talk Show personality in Washington, D.C.
Oprah Winfrey will be especially highlighted. My two daughters will be traveling along with myself to be a part of the memorial time in
History. We have requested swearing in ceremory tickets and would love to attend the Opray Winfrey Ball. I am requesting three tickets to the ball and Three tickets to the January 21 taping of the Ophah Winfrey Show. We would love to celebrate my oldest daughter, Viveca's birthday on January 21 by participating in the taping audience.

Thank You!

We are coming to DC to witness this historical event.
My girlsfriends and I began making plans the night of the election to either meet in Chicago or DC. Thru conference calls and emails we decided "what the heck!" We are going to be in DC where our Preseident and First Lady will be. We will be traveling from California, Colorado, Missouri,Atlanta, and North Carolina we want to be standing proudly when President Obama is sworned into Office.
This is truely a wonderful time in my life, I have lived to be apart of history. My daughter and my grandson will know that African Americans can become President. Dear
Oprah, this is the very first time that I actually financially supported a presidenial race. I was so compelled, so driven to actively do whatever it takes to help Obama get elected.
Because of President Obama I too have a dream, I too can stand up tall and say what Dr King saided so many years ago, "little black boys and girls will one day walk hand-n-hand with little white girls/boys and mean it.

I am one of those individuals who took a bus to Washington, DC, for the "March on Washington" in the 60's. I was interviewed by the news as to my purpose for going to DC. How interesting!!! We arrived and walked several blocks before we reached the monument. We waited in the hot sun for a long time to see Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. but would have waited all night for the cause. What joy!!! It was because of the injustice in Buffalo,NY, Sol Alinski arrived here and under his guidance BUILD organization was established. This is where many of us worked for years. In the community. President elect Obama did the same, working in the community under a Sol Alinski program. My Mother and brothers (all deceased) also worked in the organization along with my husband and I and where able to track their life from segregation. I am asking to receive tickets (3-6)to complete within my heart the circle for all the deceased family and friends. I would like to include my husband and our only son who is in the US ARMY along with my granddaughters and great-granddaughter. Whatever you are able to give us we will adjust.
Thank you!
Patricia Baxter
PS Inform us early in case we have to rent motorized wheel chairs to travel the interstate highway to get their in time.(smile)

I can understand that it is going to take time
for the president to try and get things in order,
but everybody talk about the rich people and the
middle class people. what about the people that
are living in boxes,and the people that go to work everyday just have only enough money to feed their family,and can't afford health insurance,welfare won't help them because they say they make to much money on a gross income.
The poor veteran that come back from serving his country and are strung out drugs and nobody to help him.I know because i was there but thank
be to God i have seven years clean, but we need
to try help the poor and stop worring about the
rich and middle class people.

By hook or crook I am trying to make this memorable occassion. I remember when Dr. King made his speech and the tragedies and outcomes afterwards leading up to this very day when a "Black Man" has been nominated and we elected him to become our "President." This is an occassion that I hope to be in attendance, I will keep trying for 4 tickets. I know there isn't any hope for tickets to the inauguration itself but if there were an inkling of a ray of hope, I would wish to be there. I am so overwhelmed with raising 2 teenagers (14 and 18), working a full time job and attending college myself with full time hours sometimes I don't know if I am coming or going but I do want "to be going to Washington DC in January, 2009" for the most important day in my life. This is better than me finding that dream man of my life. To witness this, will fulfill me for life!!

I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Charlene Neal (57)
219-513-9278

I truly plan on being in Washington DC in January 2009, the only thing is I have no tickets and no room. I have lived my whole entire life with an inkling of a ray of hope to one day witness a "black man" rise to the occassion and be allowed to become president of the united states. He wasn't allowed .....he was CHOSEN...I helped to choose him and ohhhhhh what a feelinggggg!! With my schedule of working full time, going to college full time and raising two teenagers (14 and 18)who are not truly aware of what this means, this event, this is better to me than finding my very own MR RIGHT!! I must be allowed to attend, I will need 4 tickets and by hook or crook will find a way to get there and a place to stay.

Thank you in advance for any consideration that might be given me.

Charlene Neal (57)
(219)513-9278

I was discharged from the job on August 20, 2007 and was not able to find one since.


I am coming to the Obama Inaugaration with 8 of my girls from Memphis Tn - PRAISE THE LORD!!!!
We have submitted a request for tickets but do not know if we will get them. However, that will not deter us. We are fortyish, fiftyish and sixtyish and have lived through some trying times so just to be a part of that energy will be a blessing. However, there is another event we would love to be a part of - Oprah's Inaugaral Ball!!! From years of being an Oprah watcher we know that she does not short stop. Imagine being able to tell our grandkids (and show them the pictures) that we were there. I am also requesting 9 tickets to your show.

Thank you

Joan J Johnson

No heartwarming story here. Just four people going throgh the same things that so many millions of others are going through.

My mom is struggling to survive off of a meager social security check. My husband and I are working hard everyday trying to hold on to what we have acquired over the years. And my veteran son, who served in Iraq, is back home and working as an electrician apprentice. But he's still living at home with us in order to make ends meet.

We're not complaing, we're doing better than most, I suspect. But we would all love to see both Oprah and Obama at one of the Kennedy Center tapings.

HOW DO WE GET TICKETS!

COULDN'T OPRAH BE THE WHITE HOUSE MAID? I SMELL A SITCOM COMING SOON.

I soooo need 1-6 tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. My dad is Earnest Mc Ewen, Jr., who died about 20 years ago this year. He was born in Oxford, Mississippi and is a part of the foundation that Barack and Michelle stand upon. He was President of the student body at Alcorn A & M College in the late 1950's. He risked his life and the lives of his children at the time by taking a stand that allowed many of us today to experience a greater degree of freedom than he ever could. His family was "dirt poor", but he had an incredible dream of going to college. He would tell everyone he met of his dream. One day he met William Faulkner, who helped to make his dream a reality. He also met Medgar Evers and is mentiond in The Autobiography of Medgar Evers for his stance at Alcorn College in 1957. I have just this year begun to learn the importance of my dad's legacy as one of my sister's books delves into his relationship with William Faulkner. I have been on disability for a long time and am just getting back into society and some of the more important things in life - like passing on the kindnesses that Mr. Faulkner passed to my dad. My dad was extremely humble and as his child I no clue, until this year that he was so instrumental in the Civil Rights struggle of "Blacks" in this country. He, Like many other people unknown to many people, was and is an unsung hero.

I would like to give the first ticket to my mom because she could never afford to attend otherwise and she was so happy to see, in her lifetime, an African-American man be elected to the Presidency of this country. When she found out I asked her how she felt. She said she Earnest "we did it"!!! and was overwhelmed with unspeakable joy. Wow, my mom, like my dad is very humble and now lives in Michigan. I would like her to experience a part of the culmination of his dream as he died at an early age.

I would like to give the second ticket to my sister, Gloria, who's latest book: Dare To Wear Your Soul On The Outside is a preogression along a continuum of my dad and mom's, as well as many ancestral shoulders. My sister's book and her presence honors those who came before us in a powerful way. She needs to be a witness to the inauguration and a guest of the Oprah show. WOW - I did not think I oculd write this much or care this much again, in my lifetime.

It is an honor to have you reading this request and I hope my family is able to receive some tickets to the inauguration. I also DEEPLY hope that you can have my sister, Gloria and my mother, Mildred, as a guest on the Oprah show. I think they are bith a personification of "The Wisdom of the Ages". The other four tickets I would like my other sisters, my 22 year old and nine year old niece to have. What a monumental occasion this is in their life.

Thank you for allowing me this space and time. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

With Deep Appreciation and Gratitude for your time.

With Respect and Joy,

Annie R. Mc Ewen
12/06/2008
2:30 a.m.
PST

I soooo need 1-6 tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. My dad is Earnest Mc Ewen, Jr., who died about 20 years ago this year. He was born in Oxford, Mississippi and is a part of the foundation that Barack and Michelle stand upon. He was President of the student body at Alcorn A & M College in the late 1950's. He risked his life and the lives of his children at the time by taking a stand that allowed many of us today to experience a greater degree of freedom than he ever could. His family was "dirt poor", but he had an incredible dream of going to college. He would tell everyone he met of his dream. One day he met William Faulkner, who helped to make his dream a reality. He also met Medgar Evers and is mentiond in The Autobiography of Medgar Evers for his stance at Alcorn College in 1957. I have just this year begun to learn the importance of my dad's legacy as one of my sister's books delves into his relationship with William Faulkner. I have been on disability for a long time and am just getting back into society and some of the more important things in life - like passing on the kindnesses that Mr. Faulkner passed to my dad. My dad was extremely humble and as his child I no clue, until this year that he was so instrumental in the Civil Rights struggle of "Blacks" in this country. He, Like many other people unknown to many people, was and is an unsung hero.

I would like to give the first ticket to my mom because she could never afford to attend otherwise and she was so happy to see, in her lifetime, an African-American man be elected to the Presidency of this country. When she found out I asked her how she felt. She said she Earnest "we did it"!!! and was overwhelmed with unspeakable joy. Wow, my mom, like my dad is very humble and now lives in Michigan. I would like her to experience a part of the culmination of his dream as he died at an early age.

I would like to give the second ticket to my sister, Gloria, who's latest book: Dare To Wear Your Soul On The Outside is a preogression along a continuum of my dad and mom's, as well as many ancestral shoulders. My sister's book and her presence honors those who came before us in a powerful way. She needs to be a witness to the inauguration and a guest of the Oprah show. WOW - I did not think I oculd write this much or care this much again, in my lifetime.

It is an honor to have you reading this request and I hope my family is able to receive some tickets to the inauguration. I also DEEPLY hope that you can have my sister, Gloria and my mother, Mildred, as a guest on the Oprah show. I think they are bith a personification of "The Wisdom of the Ages". The other four tickets I would like my other sisters, my 22 year old and nine year old niece to have. What a monumental occasion this is in their life.

Thank you for allowing me this space and time. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

With Deep Appreciation and Gratitude for your time.

With Respect and Joy,

Annie R. Mc Ewen
12/06/2008
2:30 a.m.
PST

This election has been one of the most exciting Presidential election that I have ever witnessed in all of my 47 years of life. I have worked at AT&T for almost 25 years this coming February. I have been so elated with this year's election that I donated to the campaign and volunteered at a phone bank in Olympia Field, IL. I also have began a picture scrap book from the Primary Election, Democratic Nominiation Convention, Election night and post election news clippings. Many people want a copy of my book. I can't help but to capture such an hisotrical event to treasure for my children, grandchildren and generations to come. I am a single Christian African-American mother of two sons. I have two grandchildren - 4 years old grandson and 9 months old granddaughter. My 20 year old son was so excited and enthused about the election, he went down to Grant Park to take part in history on election night. My four year old grandson told me that he voted for Barack Obama at his pre-school. He was so excited about the mock-election that he could not wait to tell me who he voted for. President-Elect Barack Obama has brought so many people of all races together for the cause of "Change", that I know that God has an anointing on his life. They tell me that it is going to be over 5 million people in Washington DC for the Inauguration. Well it will be 5 million and one because I would not miss this historical event for the world. I will be traveling by bus. There are 5 bus loads leaving from Chicagoland/East Indiana that I will be a part of. I am requesting six tickets for the taping of Oprah Winfrey show in Washington DC. It would be a privilege and honor to witness history unfold on Oprah's show.

Thank you for considering me for the tickets in advance.

Proud to be an American D. Johonson

This election has been the most exciting Presidential election that I have witnessed in my 63 years of life. I work with school children grades Kindergarten through 5th. The children were so excited about the election. When I told them I was coming to DC for the Inauguration, they all wanted me to bring them with me. I am a single African-American mother of one son. When he was young, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. However, he has now graduated form College with a Master's Degree and works at Univerisity of Illinois as a Law Enforcement Officer. President-Elect Obama's elections has restored confidents in many people that America is a land of opportunity of all people. I am requesting six tickets for the taping of Oprah Winfrey show in Washington DC. It would be an honor and privilege to witness history unfold on Oprah's show.

Thank you for considering me for the tickets in advance.

Proud to be an American, Diane Johnson

Hello Oprah:

I thnik that it is awesome that you will be hosting your show in Washington so that we can be apart of this historic inaugural celebration of our 44th president ~ Barack Obama and awesome man from humble beginning like so many of us.

I am requesting 2 tickets but will settle for just 1 to be apart of this wonderful occassion. If you could grant my wish I would truly be grateful.

Yours In Change ~ Yes We Can!

Denise Truitt
312-218-8181

Hello,
I was born in Sampson County (North Carolina) in a house (1953); I have experienced being told that I couldn't sit at a lunch counter in Wallace, N.C., through it all, I am still blessed. I don't have a particular sad story; I just want to be "in the moment"....so, please, please, let my sick friend (who had breast cancer), her daughter, my sister and me....attend. She just cut her hair last week. She still looks cute!!!.... What a nice treat for my friend...okay, okay and me!

Hello,

I would like to take my family (4) but especially my 11 year old son to be in the audience of your show. My son's name is Jordan Williams. The election of Barack Obama as President has benn such a historical event to have happened in his lifetime. I can also see the potential in my son that Barack's mother and grandparents saw in him. I would very much like to be there in the audience with my husband Alan, my 23 year old Matthew and young Jordan Williams. He has said many times that he wants to meet President Obama and find out what he can do to help him with his presidency. Since as of right now I don't tickets, I don't know if it would be wise to go down there without a ticket.
Jordan was elected President of his class last year in 5th Grade at Whittier Elem School in Frederick, Maryland. I have a video tape of his candidate's speech if you'd like to see it.

I use to watch you when you were on tv in Baltimore on Channel 13 People are Talking with Richard Sher. That was some 27 years ago, but I do remember that well.

Sincerely,

Kim L. Williams
kwms60@msn.com

My daughter is a principal at Washington Elementary in Compton CA and she has rooms and air tickets which she purchased in June this year. She had the faith, so she and her friend Joe stepped out and purchased tickets.
She and her friends need 4 tickets.

Are you really having a ball? She purchased 4 tickets to Lou Gossets' Purple Ball.

I also have a suite at the Melrose Hotel in DC.
I run a non profit in Los Angeles for young adults on drugs or alcohol and paid for 2 rooms at the Motel 6 to bring 4 deserving youth-at-risk
The kids have been acting badly and I remembered how cold it is in January, so I told them, No!

However...if I got 6 tickets for your show, I might purchase a fur coat and give them a 2nd chance.

My daughter wanted me to make the trek to
"Dance with Obama-the First Black President."
Yeah right! I think I'd have a better chance getting Oprah tickets???
If the seating is limited, my daughter would bring the news back to her 600 students & staff.
I only house 30 young adults.

Besides, I was around 45 years ago for Martin and John, she may be a better witness in 40 yrs!
Again, she needs 4 and/or I need 6.
thank you for a few moment of your precious time!

Ms. Joset Roberts (age 57)
310-836-2399

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