This thing has been sitting in a box for almost a decade, and now I can finally hang it up on the wall!

In 2009, just after president Obama was elected, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the actual inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington. When you get invited as a guest of Congress, they give you a really cool printed invitation, and the official request for you to attend. I was in high school at the time, and it's not something that I'm going to forget anytime soon.

Regardless of whatever your politics might be, this was an incredibly amazing event to witness in person, and now that we just bought our first house almost 10 years later, I finally have a place to hang it all up together.

Ryan Gavin
Ryan Gavin

Here's what you get when you're invited to attend by a member of Congress:

Enclosed in an envelope marked "Congress of the United States" you'll find:

A formal request from Congress to attend "the ceremonies attending the Inauguration of the President and Vice President"

Tickets to get past Secret Service security for admission to the Capitol

A program of the ceremonies and the history of the event

Official inaugural photographs of the President-elect and Vice President-elect

And logistical information like where to enter the Capitol complex,

Now that we have a new president and several years have gone by, it's very cool to see this thing hanging up at home, and my favorite part... in small fine-print text at the bottom of the ticket...

It says "Please arrive early due to large crowds.”

That's a million times funnier now!

Barack Obama Is Sworn In As 44th President Of The United States
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