President-elect Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama, right, and Patricia Stiles, of Parker, Colo., center, speaks at 30th Street Station today before his whistle stop train trip. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
10:22 a.m. He's done and mingling.
There have been obligatory Lincoln remarks at the kick off of this train trip, which replicates a part of President A. Lincoln's rail journey in 1861. He spoke of the "better angels of our nature," a line from Lincoln's Second Inaugural, and also mentioned the reslience of "government of by and for the people," which echoes the Gettysburg Address.
"Let's make sure this election is not the end of what we do to change of america, that it's just the beginning."
"We meet to continue their work," Obama says. As in the Founders. "Only a few times in our history has a generation been confronted wtih challenges so vast." He also says it is time for a new declaration of Independence - "independence from ideology and small thinking, independence from bigotry."
Obama is speaking. "It was here that our American journey began...it was a risky thing meeting in that summer of 1776. there was no guarantee their experiment would succeed....and yet they were willing to put all they were and all they had on the line."
At 30th street station in front of the bas relief "Spirit of Transportation" mural, waiting for President-elect Barack Obama to speak to supporters before his train trip to Washington. Mayor Nutter, Gov. Rendell and Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Arlen Specter (R) praised the new day in America.
Obama's motorcade left the Sheraton Center City at 9:50 a.m. Police reported it is 9 degrees Fareheit outside. Still there are protestors - "Repent Obama!" - and hawkers outside the station, plus curious folks looking for a glimpse.
Today is Michelle Obama's 45th Birthday. She's going to be on the train. Perhaps a cake?
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