I saw this at Instapundit last night and chuckled because the Obama administration is proving itself to be the anti-King Midas: everything it touches it ruins, even the traditional Easter Egg Roll.
The Obama administration decided to put requests for Easter Egg Roll tickets on the Internet, and it’s been a complete flop. Most people couldn’t get their requests in before the site timed out. On top of that, they allowed the tickets to be requested too far in advance, so the law of supply and demand have kicked in. Moe Lane explains:
What happens when you’ve got a scenario where you have:
- A resource for which there’s a higher demand than supply;
- Sufficient time to make people without that resource aware that you have it;
- And a national communications channel that anybody can access?
Well, if you’re NBC News, or anybody else with a triple-digit IQ, you immediately reply “You have a scenario where people start scalping the tickets.” Which is happening even as we speak; a block of six went for a thousand bucks on E-Bay. That number’s just going to go up, by the way. But don’t worry: the Washington Post assures us that a “spokeswoman for the White House said it was working with Internet sites to prevent ticket sales.” Which means that the White House hadn’t actually thought about the possibility beforehand. So… a local tradition of using a first-come, first-served distribution system that actually worked got thrown overboard in favor of an untested, fatally flawed, unfair system that is now encouraging people across the country to engage in ticket scalping – which is, by the way, illegal. And now there are a bunch of little kids who are going to be sad because their parents didn’t have the money to make sure that they got to go to the White House Easter Egg roll.
There was a reason why those who wanted to participate in the Easter Egg Roll were required to line up outside the White House to get tickets, and it wasn’t because previous administrations were technologically challenged. It was the fairest means to distribute the free tickets.
You can see how poorly the website idea played out at this forum for DC moms and dads.