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"Hallelujah" for God and Obama

Inquirer staff writer Kristin Holmes reports: The cheers were loud for President Barack Obama at Enon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, but the references to God and the biblical passages in his inauguration speech provoked a reaction of near equal enthusiasm. Obama’s mention of “God given promises of equality” and living in a time when “childish things” must be put away were met with “amen” and “yes!” And hallelujahs weren’t reserved only for religious references. That was the reaction of many after the oath of office was given by Chief Justice Roberts, who said “Congratulations Mr. President.” Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

"Hallelujah" for God and Obama


Inquirer staff writer Kristin Holmes reports:

The cheers were loud for President Barack Obama at Enon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, but the references to God and the biblical passages in his inauguration speech provoked a reaction of near equal enthusiasm. Obama’s mention of “God given promises of equality” and living in a time when “childish things” must be put away were met with “amen” and “yes!”

And hallelujahs weren’t reserved only for religious references. That was the reaction of many after the oath of office was given by Chief Justice Roberts, who said “Congratulations Mr. President.”

Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

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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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