President-elect Barack Obama, right, and
Vice President-elect Joe Biden wave from the
inaugural train as it leaves Wilmington, Delaware,
Saturday (April Saul/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
By Mike Dorning
Chicago Tribune (MCT)
BALTIMORE — President-elect Barack Obama tied the current challenges of economic crisis and war to the great struggles of the nation's past as he traveled Saturday to Washington for the inauguration by retracing the final stages of the train trip Abraham Lincoln made to assume the presidency on the eve of the Civil War.
The daylong, 137-mile train ride, beginning in Philadelphia and incorporating rallies in Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore as well as "slow rolls" through communities on the way, permitted the incoming president to invoke the broad perspective of history while expanding the pageantry of the inauguration to a large swathe of the densely populated Northeast.