Obama Leaves D.C. for Ohio
By Eli Saslow
President-elect Barack Obama arrived in an 11-car motorcade at Reagan National Airport just before 10 a.m. to depart for his first official trip since moving to Washington.
It was the kind of scene that defined Obama's life during the 18-month campaign: A few dozen reporters gathered on the tarmac as Obama climbed out of the car.
But Obama hasn't traveled in a while, and perhaps he had fallen out of practice. As he stepped out of a black limousine, his briefcase in hand, he dropped his BlackBerry and it bounced off the ground.
Obama picked it up and walked up the stairs onto a United charter plane. He wore a long black coat and a scarf to guard against the cold.
Obama plans to visit workers at Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Co., in Bedford Heights, Ohio, a company that makes parts for wind turbines. He's expected to talk about his stimulus plan and answer questions for about an hour. Then he'll depart for Philadelphia, spend tonight there and take his Lincoln-inspired train trip to Washington tomorrow.
Posted at 10:37 AM ET on Jan 16, 2009
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