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Dispatch from the Inauguration: 'I Would Not Miss This for the World'

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With one day left until Inauguration Day, thousands of constituents fanned out among hundreds of congressional offices Monday to collect their prized Golden Ticket to today's swearing in. 240,000 tickets were handed out by Congress, but hundreds more pressed their luck, hoping to secure a place for history. One couple, a young boyfriend/girlfriend duo from Pasadena, showed up at Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff's prepared for nothing, but hoping for everything.

The couple knew their chances were slim and their venture to Schiff's office proved fruitless. Still, buoyant from a pervasive sense of change that has enveloped D.C., the pair did not sour after the Pasadena congressman said the best he could do was put them on a waiting list.

"Oh, we're still going to be there," the girlfriend said. "I would not miss this for the world."

The atmosphere in Schiff's office was festive, as it was in other congressional offices. Champagne chilled on ice as visitors shoved pastries into their mouths while waiting in line to speak with Schiff. He yucked, smiled and generally excelled at being a politician.