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Obama Announces Whistle Stop Tour Sites, Access

On Saturday, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and their families will depart a train station in Philadelphia for a whistle stop tour that will bring them through Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the Wilmington and Baltimore events will be open to the public. The Philadelphia send-off requires tickets, which already have been distributed. The committee is asking those who attend to bring a can of food that will be delivered to a local food bank.

Here the itinerary:

Philadelphia, Pa.
Where: North Waiting Room, 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA
Event Begins: 10:05 AM
Tickets are required and have been distributed to the public.

Wilmington, Del.
Where: Back of Wilmington Train Station, 100 South French Street, Wilmington, DE
Doors Open: 9:30 AM
Event Begins: 1:00 PM
Event is open to the public

Baltimore, Md.
Where: War Memorial Plaza, 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD
Doors Open: 1 PM
Event Begins: 4:15 PM
Event is open to the public

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has announced road closures for the event Saturday: At 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 15, the 100 block of North Gay Street will be closed to traffic. Beginning at 4 a.m. on the day of the President-Elect’s visit, Interstate-83 will be closed from President Street to North Avenue in both the north and south directions. This closure will continue until 7 p.m. Orleans Street, from Gay Street to St. Paul Street, will be closed from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee
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Gee, that's terrific, only thing is most of your readers live in DC and you forgot to put when he is going to get to DC in the itinerary. Any clues....

Posted by: robertwriter | January 14, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse


• 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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