Obama Embarks on Symbolic Train Ride to DC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 17, 2009 10:30 AM CST
Barack Obama, accompanied by his family, greets the crowd at Philadelphia's 30th Street Train Station, Jan. 17, 2009, before embarking on his inaugural whistle stop train tour to Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama undertook the final leg of his inaugural journey today, embarking on a whistle-stop train tour from Philadelphia that retraces Lincoln's journey to Washington a century and a half ago. Big crowds are expected along the way, and VP-elect Joe Biden comes aboard in Wilmington, Del. "Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast," Obama said in Philadelphia before boarding.

"Starting now, let's take up in our own lives the work of perfecting our union," he said. "Let's build a government that is responsible to the people and accept our own responsibilities as citizens to hold our government accountable. ... Let's make sure this election is not the end of what we do to change America, but the beginning and the hope for the future." The momentous day for Obama also happens to coincide with Michelle's 45th birthday.