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"Change is good" at Independence Mall

"Change is good" at Independence Mall


Inquirer staff writer Emilie Lounsberry reports:

A block from the Liberty Bell, the western side of Independence Mall was packed – and cheers rang out when President Obama took the oath of office as thousands watched the big-screen monitor. Obama flags, Obama posters and Obama hats marked the moment. One woman clutched a copy of Time magazine with Obama’s face on the cover. A little boy waved a placard with Obama’s picture on it.

And there were cheers anew when the new president proclaimed, “We have chosen hope over fear.”

The mall was filled as far as the eye could see. Young and old. Black and white. Moms carrying sleepy children with rosy cheeks. Three young African American girls held up a hot-pink poster declaring, “My president is black” and “Change is good.”

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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.

Nathan Gorenstein has covered politics and government in the city, state and nation for the Inquirer. He's worked in the city hall bureau, had a stint on the business desk, and once covered the suburbs. After serving as assistant regional editor, he was named editor of the "Politics" web site.

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