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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:37 AM
Filed Under: Philadelphia

Inquirer staff writer Kristen Graham reports:

At Fitler Elementary School in Germantown, where students have been preparing for this day for two months, students dressed in red white and blue and donated money to help a homeless family.

After Barack Obama's election, some students launched the "Obama Hope Organization" to perform good deeds in their community.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:24 AM
Filed Under: New Jersey

Inquirer staff writer Cynthia Burton reports:

If it were up to David Milne, 82, of Leisuretowne in Southampton, N.J., John McCain may be penciling a few final revisions into his inaugural address right now. He and his neighbors voted 3,317 to 2,791 for Republican McCain over Obama.

Asked on this historic day what his expectations were for an Obama presidency, he said, "I don't ever have expectations for a Democrat because if you do, you'll be disappointed."

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:13 AM

Inquirer staff writer Tom Fitzgerald reports:

11:12 a.m.

Smokey Robinson, warm in a mink coat, said, "This is a great moment in time for america - and our image in the world." As for the fact of a black president, I was "skeptical it could ever happen. But it did and here we are. Fantastic."

Puff Daddy came in and caused a stir. Smokey Robinson's bodyguard said "It's old school versus new school."

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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, 11:07 AM
Filed Under: Philadelphia

Inquirer staff writer Stephan Salisbury reports:

11:02 a.m.

At Independence Mall, the crowd was thin this morning but some, like Clara Rees of Orange County, California really wanted to be there. Rees, 65, from Aliso Viejo had planned to make it to Washington but was happy to be in Philadelphia this morning at Independence Mall.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 11:02 AM
Filed Under: Washington, DC

Inquirer staff writer Zoe Tillman reports:

Near the Washington Monument, David Alston, 57, watched an over-sized television. Cheers went up from the crowd as pictures of Colin Powell and other celebrity notables flashed across the screen.

Alston, a Philadelphia native, said was making up for lost time by attending today’s ceremonies.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:59 AM

Inquirer staff writer Tom Fitzgerald reports from the press seats near the podium:

10:40 a.m.

The Mall is jammed all the way to Lincoln Memorial. People are waving flags to tunes from Marine Corps Band.

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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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