Thousands stuck in tunnel at Obama inauguration

Committee to investigate why donors and party faithful were left in underground passage

Their tickets were purple, but thousands are blue with rage today. They were trapped in the 3rd Street tunnel beneath the National Mall in Washington, D.C. while President Barack Obama took the oath of office and festivities began above ground. Parents stood for hours holding small children because strollers weren’t allowed in the area. Men relieved themselves against the wall of the tunnel, and many simply gave up and turned around. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif) head of the joint congressional that organized the inauguration is investigating. Now wonder: many of the ticket holders were Democratic Party donors and campaign volunteers who were supposed to get a choice view of the ceremony.

Los Angeles Times