Just like President Lincoln, who traveled by train from Philadelphia to Washington on the last few days of his journey to be sworn in, Obama too made his way from Philly to D.C. Here he greets the crowd waiting for him in Philly.
President-elect Obama told a crowd in Wilmington, Delaware, “Together, we know that there is work to be done. Together, we know that America faces its own crossroads—a nation at war, an economy in turmoil, an American Dream that feels like its slipping way. Together, we know that the American people are facing adversity, and that the time has come to pick ourselves up once again.”
During the Whistle Stop Tour in Baltimore, Maryland, over the weekend, President-elect Obama said, “I believed that our future is our choice, and that if we could just recognize ourselves in one another and bring everyone together— Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, north, south, east and west, Black, White, Latino, Asian, and Native American, gay and straight, disabled and not—then not only would we restore hope and opportunity in places that yearned for both, but maybe, just maybe, we might perfect our union in the process.”
People in the street literally stop in their tracks to wave hello to the President-elect’s train.
Parents brought their children out along the train tracks to see the president-elect and his guests as they rode by on their way to Washington, D.C.
A Belief in Freedom
Crowds swarmed the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday to see several performances and hear the President-elect say, “And yet, as I stand here tonight, what gives me the greatest hope of all is not the stone and marble that surrounds us today, but what fills the spaces in between. It is you—Americans of every race and region and station who came here because you believe in what this country can be and because you want to help us get there.”
Mr. and Mrs. Obama arrive at the Lincoln Memorial for the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration.”
Children of all ages will remember this day when they tell their own kids about the first African-American president of the United States. Here, a little girl waves her Obama flag, in celebration of the day.
Obama made stops in Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore on the way to the nation’s capital. Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the inauguration Tuesday, January 20.
Go inside the inauguration with the Essence team »
Get the inside scoop on D.C. nightlife with the stars »