Inauguration 2009

Inauguration 2009

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 19, 2009

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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.

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President-elect Barack Obama greets supporters in Philadelphia marking the beginning of his Whistle Stop Tour to Washington.

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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.

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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.”

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Our future First Lady knows how to add style with comfort as she and her husband prepare for a long day of activities on their way to Washington, D.C.

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The crowd welcomes the soon-to-be President and First Lady.

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The nation’s new First Family welcomes hundreds of people who were waiting for a glimpse of them inside Philadelphia’s 30th Street station.

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Malia Obama reportedly warned her dad that, as the first African-American president, he’d better not mess up.

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Michelle Obama and little Sasha look on as husband, father, and leader of the free world, Barack Obama, is introduced to a crowd in Philadelphia.

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President-elect Obama has a chat with little Sasha.

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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.”

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The “Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour” made it to Wilmington, Delaware, where crowds waiting outside to get a glimpse of the President-elect.

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The view from the train allowed President-elect Obama and his guests to see everyday Americans, who once again have hope and pride in our country.

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Ready for a change, people came out far and wide to be a part of the inauguration activities.

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The president-elect, Mrs. Obama, and the vice-president-elect came together to pay tribute to those patriots who founded our nation in Philadelphia and defended it in Baltimore.

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…while these folks finished it. “Yes We Can” resonated throughout the day.

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Crowds with all sorts of signs waited in the cold as the train carrying the Obamas, the Bidens and a number of guests passed by. These folks started the message…

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Folks from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. braved the chilly weather and stood any where possible to congratulate the president-elect along the way.

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People across the country came to Washington, D.C., to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.

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A couple stands on the roof of their home to wave hello as the Whistle Stop Train passes by their home.

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“There is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change,” said President-elect Obama.

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The cold weather couldn’t stop crowds from forming along the Whistle Stop Train Tour headed to Washington, D.C.

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People in the street literally stop in their tracks to wave hello to the President-elect’s train.

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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.

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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.”

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Mr. and Mrs. Obama arrive at the Lincoln Memorial for the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration.”

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Attendees at the Lincoln Memorial heard the president-elect talk about the challenges we are facing today as Americans, including the war, the economy and millions losing their jobs.

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“We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial”
included performances by Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Beyonce. The crowd certainly seemed to enjoy themselves.

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You can buy just about anything in D.C. with the President-elect’s image on it including a life-size cut out to keep for your very own.

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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.

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“History in the Making” and “The New Birth of Freedom” are just two phrases you can find on numerous buttons being sold this weekend.

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