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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 3:30 PM
Filed Under: Philadelphia | Suburbs

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.

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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, 12:43 PM
Filed Under: Philadelphia | Suburbs

Inquirer staff reporter Kathy Boccella reports:

12:40 p.m.

As Obama took the oath of office friends, Pam Komm and Terri Thompson clutched each other tightly. One white, one black, both emotional. “I never thought the day would come,” said Komm, 57 of Coatesville as tears streamed down her face. “It’s hope personified,” said Thompson, 50 of Coatesville.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:13 AM
Filed Under: Suburbs

Inquirer staff writer Kathy Boccella reports:

As the motorcade worked its way to the Capitol, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute switched channels -- from Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer on ABC to PBS.

Instead of showing the scene in Washington, PBS went with Jim Leherer asking a historian which word best described the day, "historic or extraordinary."

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:52 AM
Filed Under: Suburbs

Inquirer staff writer Kathy Boccella reports:

Watching the festivities at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, when Michelle Obama and Laura Bush walked out of the White House en route to the capitol, the crowd politely clapped.

A few minutes later, when President-elect Barack Obama and President George W. Bush emerged, they erupted into loud applause and cheers.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:29 AM
Filed Under: Suburbs

Inquirer staff writer Kathy Boccella reports:

About two dozen people galthered at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to watch Inauguration coverage on the big screen there.

"It seemed like a fun thing to do, to be with a large group of people rather than being alone watching it on TV, and much warmer than standing in Washington, DC,' said self-employed architect Karen Ramsey, of Wynnewood, who took the day off to be with her sister and friend.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 11:24 PM
Filed Under: New Jersey | Obama | Suburbs

Michael Vitez reports:

When CNN declared Obama the president at 11 o’clock, the 150 people at the Camden County Democratic headquarters in Cherry Hill who had been there waiting for the count went into a roar.

Norwood Allen, 65, of Camden, broke into open sobs.

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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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