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Obama Arrives; D.C. Leaders Excited

President-Elect Barack Obama arrived at the Hay Adams shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday traveling west on H Street from 14th, and though uniformed officers from the Secret Service moved people a block away from the hotel, we were still able to get a shot of Obama cruising in the limousine with one of his top aides. We think it is David Axelrod.


Obama in D.C. (By Hamil R. Harris -- TWP)

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and other city officials are ready to welcome President-elect Barack Obama and his family to the city.

"What I am going to do is whatever they need me to do," Fenty said. "I am like every other American who feels that the country's future is so bright under President Obama and he should know ... whatever he needs to make his administration and this country more successful we will do it."

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said, "He will be just like us. Going to school on the first day of the second semester just like we are, and he is going to feel right at home here. He is not going to feel like a fish out of water, it will be like Chicago, a home away from home here in DC, and I think that we will feel his presence in many ways."

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) noted, "Obviously, this is a great day in Washington, in the nation and in the history of the world for Barack Obama to be sworn in on January 20th, but some people tend to forget that [it] just didn't happen. People went to jail, a lot of people got shot at, a lot of people died for us to have the right to vote."

-- Hamil R. Harris


By Hamil Harris  |  January 5, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration  
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We welcome the Obama family to the District, Maryland and Virginia. It has been a long time since I last felt completely energized waiting for the tide to turn economically. The world has been changing and will continue to change for the best. We will give it some time - it did not get in this bad shape overnight.

Posted by: alligator10 | January 5, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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