Fresh off his primary win here last week, Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to the area Tuesday for a private fundraiser hosted at the Bryn Mawr home of real estate developer Mitchell Morgan and his wife, Hilarie.
The invite list reads like a who’s who of the area’s GOP dignitaries. Top Republican fundraiser Robert B. Asher, former Gov. Tom Ridge and Patrick O’Connor, vice chairman of the Cozen O’Connor law firm, all made the list.
The Morgans, who have previously hosted fundraisers for Rick Santorum in 2006 and John McCain during his 2008 presidential bid, have emerged as frequent and generous Republican donors over the last six years. So far this year, they have given at least $51,000 to Republican candidates and causes and serve as members of Romney’s Pennsylvania fundraising committee.
Inquirer staff writer Marcia Gelbart reports:
For Mayor Nutter, in Washington since the early part of last weekend, today was not "the culmination of a dream, but a tremendous down payment on the dream Dr. King talked about."
After listening to Obama speak from a middle section - Section 11 - with a straight view of the podium, the mayor, in a phone interview, said: "It's a pretty heavy kind of moment when you think about all the things that have happened…
Hundreds of years of history here in the United States, especially for African Americans, and to see someone who has really played by the rules, got a good education, worked hard, did what he needed to do… President Obama demonstrates what a real role model can be for everyone."
Inquirer staff writer Carolyn Davis reports:
CNN teamed up with Facebook for an online inauguration widget, so users of the social-networking site could watch inaugural events online while having real-time chats with Facebook friends.
As of about 4 p.m., people following the inaugural events posted 600,000 status updates through the CNN.com Live Facebook feed, said a Facebook spokeswoman. An average of 4,000 status updates were posted every minute during the broadcast of President Obama’s inauguration, with 8,500 comments posted “the minute Obama began his speech,” Facebook reported.
Inquirer staff writer Angela Couloumbis reports:
In between back-to-back meetings earlier today, state Public Welfare Secretary Estelle Richman stole a few minutes to go into her Harrisburg office, switch on her television, and witness what for her was a “momentous moment in history.”
Richman, 65, who is black, grew up in the South when segregation was a part of everyday life. “While my parents and grandparents were professionals, it was clear we were second-class citizens,” said Richman, who also served as Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner when Gov. Rendell was mayor. “We went to the balcony for theater, and restaurants were segregated. That was the only world I knew.”
Inquirer staff writer Zoe Tillman reports:
Now that President Obama’s swearing-in is complete, the task facing hundreds of thousands of visitors at the mall is finding an open Metro station.
Several stations around the mall will remain closed until the completion of the presidential parade, expected to be about 5 p.m.
Inquirer staff writer Dan Hardy reports:
At the Toby Farms Elementary School in Delaware County’s Chester-Upland School District, it was all-Obama, and all “Yes We Can,” all day.
At the start of the school day, sixth grade students formed a “Yes We Can” human chain in the school’s parking lot, spelling out the words.
Inquirer staff writer Marcia Gelbart reports:
Watching Obama's speech inside his office, Ernest Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp., said he was "personally inspired" - but stopped there.
"I'm somewhat sobered by the enormity of everything that has to be done to get the country moving in the right direction," he said. "You don't want to have your expectations be unrealistic."
At the same time, he said: "I was personally inspired by the events today. The fact we have an African American president means we have gotten past certain things in America."
Over at Independence Mall today there was a reenactment of the 1797 inauguration of John Adams, the nation's second president. We have video from Inquirer reporter Bob Moran. Make sure you watch till the end.
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Inquirer staff writer Kristen A. Graham reports:
At Fitler Elementary School in Germantown, where students started the “Obama Hope Organization” to do good deeds in the new president’s name, Rachae Pringle’s fifth grade class watched the inauguration on a giant projector screen.
Inquirer staff writer Jillian Smith reports:
The Pennysaver convenience store on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Apsley Street in Germantown was empty during the usual lunchtime rush. With no TV, store owner Yunnie Kim and cashier Jimmae Little could not watch the inauguration. To be honest, there was nothing to prove that today was a day in history except for the lack of customers. Maybe they were elsewhere viewing Obama’s speech?
Then, at noon, two men broke the silence in the store to order lunch at the deli counter. “I don't care too much for Obama. I voted for McCain,” said Malik Carter. Carter and his friend Bryant Peoples continued to joke about Obama, mainly about his middle name being Hussein.