Obama Arrives in Washington

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2009 7:33 PM CST
President-elect Barack Obama leaves the plane after his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President-elect Barack Obama landed in the Washington area tonight, setting up the final march toward his Jan. 20 inauguration. Obama landed hours after his pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, took his name out of the running amid a federal grand jury investigation. The president-elect faces a busy Monday, including his daughters' first day of school and meetings with congressional leaders to promote his economic plan.

But as he prepared to leave Chicago, he preferred to keep talk personal. "I've got to tell you, I choked up a little bit leaving my house today," Obama told reporters aboard a government 757 typically used by vice presidents and first ladies. Asked if he was looking forward to arriving in Washington, Obama smiled and said yes, "although living in a hotel for two weeks? We did that for two years."