By Rachel Maddow Host, 'The Rachel Maddow Show'
MSNBC

One more thing about the impending Obama presidency: Have you thought about going to the inauguration? Have you thought about how cool it would be to say you were there when the U.S. of A. inaugurated our first Black President?

Even if you loved McCain and can't stand Obama, you gotta admit... history? Come on!

Well even if you're not moved by the occasion, it turns out a lot of Americans are. How do I know? I know because capitalism tells me so.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is overseeing the inauguration. She asked Web sites today to stop selling scalped inauguration tickets after reports of prices online hit as high as $40,000.

Feinstein says she'll also introduce legislation to make it a federal crime to scalp tickets to the inauguration. Officially, tickets get distributed by members of Congress to their constituents and those members of Congress only get those tickets to distribute the week before the inauguration.

So $40,000? Fuhgettaboudit.

The tickets in theory are free, even if they are as hard-to-come-by as I-heart-Sarah-Palin t-shirts at Tim Pawlenty's house.  

Here's the FAQ about how to get real, non-scalped tickets to the inauguration from your member of Congress.

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