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Obama’s inaugural train to start in Philly – USATODAY.com
Saturday 20 Dec 2008, 09:58
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Obama’s inaugural train to start in Philly – USATODAY.com.

Philadelphia is a logical starting point, said presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, especially for the nation’s first black president. The framers of the Constitution — all white males — “set in motion something that is still a work in progress,” he said.

Obama’s proposed trip also stirs images of Lincoln, whose pre-White House journey included a celebrated stop in Philadelphia. Security officials had asked Lincoln to skip Philadelphia because of a suspected assassination plot, Smith said. Lincoln ignored the advice and visited Independence Hall, expressing “deep emotion” for the place “from which sprang the institutions under which we live.”

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