Politics & Government

January 17, 2009

Obama calls for renewal as inaugural festivities begin

Barack Obama on Saturday began a journey filled with symbolism that will bring him officially to Washington D.C. for his inauguration as the first African-American president on Tuesday. The journey by train — a nod to Obama's political hero Abraham Lincoln, who made the same trip by train 148 years ago — started in Philadelphia. Obama recalled Philadelphia's role as the birthplace of America and said "the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed" in 1776 are needed today.

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