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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.

By Washington Post Editor  |  January 16, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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I think President-elect Barack Obama is taking this risk trying to extend the confidence he feels to all americans.
To establish that another era of compasion love and understanding is necesary and present.
Every american has de right and the compromise to look after his loved president to be, and I hope and love to know that nothing will be wrong.
He is giving his soul and his body, his family and all that he posseses for a better future, and is being generous with all his people american people, the world people.Violeta

Posted by: viololeta_violetita | January 17, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse


Don't worry.

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama hitting the trail? TV ads hitting Republicans? Are these the last vestiges of the ‘08 campaign or is this the new style of getting your way in American politics? I’m guessing this constant campaigning, initiated by the Bush regime, is the new normal.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 16, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse


CANCEL Risky "Sitting Duck" Obama-Biden Train Excursion

(The cold temps make it unsafe for spectators...)

• What happened to Homeland Security warnings of "heightened risk" during Presidential transition?

• How about the late November FBI warning about possible Northeast train station attacks?

• "Amtrak Joe" Biden's longstanding warnings about security flaws along the Amtrak Northeast corridor -- why isn't he waving this whistle stop tour to a halt?

It is both mystifying and frightening to contemplate the unnecessary risk to which President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are subjecting themselves by going through with Saturday's planned pre-inauguration "whistle stop" train ride from Philadelphia to Washington.

In his farewell press conference on Monday, President Bush seemed to go out of his way to twice repeat that the greatest threat the nation faces is another terrorist attack. At one point in his presser, he said that by giving official voice to the threat, he was not "trying to set something up."

Here are President Bush's exact words:

"There is an enemy that still is out there.

"You know, people can maybe try to write that off as, you know, 'he's trying to set something up.'

"I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America -- Americans -- again. There just is. That's the reality of the world."

George W. Bush could not have been more plain-spoken, candid and direct. The incoming White House team ignores his words -- which he most likely thought about before uttering them -- at their peril.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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