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obamaabroad].jpgLots to read as we get closer to the big day. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Hull checks in with the good folks in Brinkley, Ark., finding plenty who are not caught up in Obama-mania. A "sense of apprehension prevails in a place that rejected the new president and now warily awaits his version of America," Hull writes.

But hold the tears. We're popular again abroad -- or at least he is: Expats for Obama!

Columnist Eugene Robinson stays closer to home, asking whether the city will survive the inauguration madness. "Days early, gridlock has already begun to close its grip on Washington's federal core -- a 10-minute crosstown trip can take two or three times as long as it should. But traffic is far from the only thing the city has to be anxious about."

Indeed, the traffic congestion in the city could cause problems way out in the suburbs, according to Eric M. Weiss. One way to beat the crush--kayaks and Segways?

On a happier note, some people won't have to stake out a spot at dawn to get a great view of the inaugural parade. But a downer -- no fireworks for the first time in 28 years, reports Richard Leiby. "it just didn't come up," a spokeswoman says.

More on the Whistle Stop Tour.

Columnist Michael Gerson bets Obama will deliver a speech worthy of the historic moment.

And just how big is that moment, exactly? So big that Georgetown University's basketball coach is delaying practice.

Finally, more about Obama's visit to the Post yesterday. And listen to Obama's discussion with Post reporters and editors.

Photo of wax Obama in Amsterdam by Evert Elzinga -- Associated Press

By David A Nakamura  |  January 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Media , Post Coverage
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Posted by: bhttina | January 16, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

the Expats for Obama! link isn't right.

Posted by: addle2 | January 16, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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