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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:52 PM
Filed Under: Philadelphia

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.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:36 PM

Inquirer staff writer Bonnie Cook reports:

In the lobby of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown Borough, about a dozen museum staffers and others gathered around a television, watching preparation for the inauguration. Behind the TV was a large window, and on the side, people bundled in snowsuits could be seen tobogganing down a snow-covered hill. Inside, the watchers drank coffee and ate chocolate chip cookies.

Molly Lowell, 58, executive vice-president of the Bucks County Historical Society, said it was important for her as a person and as a member of the historical society to mark the occasion.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:27 PM
Filed Under: Philadelphia

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.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:09 PM
Filed Under: Suburbs | Washington, DC

Inquirer staff writer Zoe Tillman reports:

2:07 p.m.

Paul Coyle, 61, from Ambler, drove in with his family on Saturday. After several hours standing in the cold near the Washington Monument, he and his family headed back to their hotel to watch the parade on TV.
“We’re going to quit while we’re ahead,” he said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:06 PM
Filed Under: Philadelphia | Suburbs

Inquirer staff writer Joelle Farrell reports:

2:05 p.m.

In Delaware County, 100 second and third grade students from the Widener Partnership Charter School gathered with about 100 university faculty and staff to watch the inauguration on a large movie projector screen in Lathem Hall, formerly a church.

Some of the elementary school students dozed off, while others squirmed in their chairs, their feet swinging. Others tried to ignore the distractions around them, taking in a moment they have been told was something to remember.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:02 PM
Filed Under: Washington, DC

Inquirer staff writer Peter Dobrin reports:

2 p.m.

Classical music had maybe its largest and most captive audience ever this afternoon when John Williams' Air and Simple Gifts debuted just before Barack Obama took the oath of the office.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:57 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Rita Giordano reports:

At Burlington Township High School, a racially diverse school in Burlington, NJ, seniors Melissa Dallmann, 18, and her friend Tyler Riley, 17, watched the inauguration with about 100 other students in the school’s performing arts center.

As the procession began and Micehelle Obama emerged Melissa turned to Loetta Henry, an 18-year-old senior.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:35 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey
Abdus Shakur, 43, and Chris Javier Rivere, 19, watch the inaugural festivities at Millennium Cuts in Atlantic City. (AMY S. ROSENBERG)

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg reports from Atlantic City:

Aretha got them first. Inside Millenium Cuts on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City, where the inauguration was on two screens, front and back of the store, it was the big-bow-hatted queen of soul who got the tears flowing. Abdus Shakur, 43, who had come in from his outdoor stand of cd's to watch, just shook his head as he sat rapt with a few others on folding chairs and tears welled up and then overflowed.

There could be no describing. Just knowing looks exchanged through tear-filled eyes.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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