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Explain why tickets weren’t enough

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    Would someone please explain to me, my 6-year-old granddaughter, Emily, and the other few thousand people who were turned away from Hanner Field House where we went wrong?
    Upon first reading of the president’s visit in the Herald, I immediately called the published number for tickets. I was told that I would get a call from the Burns’ Headquarters as to when and where to get the tickets.
    Sure enough they called and I was told to pick up my tickets on Fair Road Saturday or Sunday. I picked mine up Saturday morning. The headquarters was packed with people to get tickets.
    I  was really excited that I had gotten tickets to take my granddaughter, Emily, to see the president of the United States. I explained to her that she was a lucky girl to see the president and that I had taken her daddy and her aunt to see President Reagan when they were children.
    We arrived at the fairgrounds around 8:15 a.m. There was already a long line and we had to wait over an hour to board the bus — the anticipation and excitement grew.
    When the bus arrived at Hanner, I was shocked at the number of people in line. I knew  that many people hadn’t gotten there on buses, and that there were probably well over a thousand people behind us in line at the fairgrounds waiting for transportation.
    I got an uneasy feeling in my stomach at this point. We stood patiently in line while other people with “gold” colored tickets were told to move to the head of the line. I had been told that if you had tickets you would be admitted. Emily asked, “Granddaddy, why are those people breaking in line? That’s not fair.” I told her not to worry that we had tickets and would get in. About 30 minutes later I had to eat those words and it is going to take a long time and a lot of explaining for them to digest.
    We were truly honored and privileged to have a sitting president visit our area. I hope everyone will continue to support and pray for President Bush and our nation.
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