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Obama Will Come to Inaugural by Rail

Can't get to the District for the inauguration? You might be able to catch a glimpse of President-elect Obama or Vice President-elect Joe Biden at three appearances the plan to make en route by train to Washington. The Obamas will set out Jan. 17 from Philadelphia, pick up the Bidens in Wilmington, Del., and continue south through Baltimore, stopping for an event in each city, the inaugural committee announced this morning.

Post White House reporter Anne Kornblut examines the trip's historical resonance on the 44 blog. The full press release is after the jump.

Today, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the President-elect, Vice President-elect and their families will travel - via railroad -- to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 17th and host events along the way in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore. The trip marks the final leg of a journey that began on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Illinois and will culminate on the steps of the United States Capitol.

"As part of the most open and accessible Inauguration in history, we hope to include as many Americans as possible who wish to participate, but can't be in Washington," said Emmett S. Beliveau, Executive Director of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. "These events will allow us to do that while honoring the rich history and tradition of previous inaugural journeys."

In the tradition of past Presidents-elect, the daylong trip will include a series of events on the way to Washington, DC. Saturday morning, President-elect Obama and his family will hold an event in Philadelphia before boarding a train bound for Wilmington, Delaware, where he will be joined by Vice President-elect Biden and his family. Together, the families will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, and hold another event, before finally arriving in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening.

In keeping with the theme of the 2009 Inauguration, "Renewing America's Promise," the President-elect and Vice President-elect will hold events in some of the cities instrumental to that promise: Philadelphia, where that promise was realized; Baltimore, where that promise was defended, then immortalized in our national anthem; and Washington, where Americans of all backgrounds will gather over four days, united in common purpose and resolved to renew that promise once more.

Additional details of the inaugural trip, including information on each event, will be released at a later date.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 15, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee
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