Obama 'Whistle Stop' train ride

Barack Obama is taking a train to Washington, D.C. today. The whistle stop tour (actually only stopping in Wilmington, DE to pick up Biden and Baltimore) is meant to consciously evoke images of the Lincoln inaugural: President-elect Barack Obama looks to President Abraham Lincoln for his inspiration, so it's only fitting that the president-elect would retrace Lincoln's 1861 trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency.Obama will appear Saturday at a town hall meeting in Philadelphia around 10 a.m. before boarding the train for its 137-mile journey.The train will take its first "slow roll" in Claymont, Delaware, meaning the president-elect will wave at residents gathered near the tracks. Claymont is also the town where Vice President-elect Joe Biden's family moved in 1953 when he was 10 years old.The train will pick up Biden and his family in Wilmington, Delaware. Obama and Biden are also expected to make brief speeches...(Read Full Post)