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Inauguration Train. by tucsonmike on 16 January 2009 2:36am
BBC American has been doing this leading up to the Inauguration train from Philadelphia to Washington. Yesterday correspondent Phiippa Thomas did Philadelphia, today Baltimore.

Re: Inauguration Train. by kazzzz on 16 January 2009 10:30am
Oh dear, did she? That's unfortunate:(
Re: Inauguration Train. by tucsonmike on 16 January 2009 11:36am
I asked for it...
Re: Inauguration Train. by mrsthing on 16 January 2009 1:18pm
"Philippa Does Philly"--the sequel to "Debbie Does Dallas"?
Re: Inauguration Train. by bIG bLOGGER on 16 January 2009 2:54pm
I'm shocked;I kinda like BBC North America correspondent,Philippa Thomas,and I always thought she was,well..,a 'decent' sorta gal.
Re: Inauguration Train. by tucsonmike on 16 January 2009 7:49pm
See what happens when you do not use proper wording? I should know better and I apologize to Phillipa. I have created a monster...
Re: Inauguration Train. by tucsonmike on 17 January 2009 4:23am
CNN is showing it from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The train fan in me will watch the first couple of hours.
Re: Inauguration Train. by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 4:20pm
My daughter says her school is trying to figure out how they can get the kids to watch the actual swearing in ceremony. Apparently, there aren't enough TVs. But they'll probably figure out a way to do it.

And if not, I'm SURE it'll be on YouTube by Tuesday end-of-school, so she can watch it when she comes home.
Re: Inauguration Train. by tucsonmike on 18 January 2009 12:02am
I watched the beginning and the end. I saw the speech in 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Then followed as the train went to Wilmington, Delaware, 27 miles away. I enjoyed when they were in Wilmington. The Amtrak conductor, who has been Joe Biden's conductor for decades introduced him (though a crowd in Wilmington did not need the introduction).
Then off to Baltimore. I missed the speech @ Baltimore City Hall. Tuned in for the ride between Baltimore and Washington.

I was mesmerized, but I am a train fan (as is Mr. P). So I enjoyed watching the history of it.
Re: Inauguration Train. by peripatetically on 18 January 2009 1:07am
Obama's speech in Baltimore was pretty good. Funny thing is... he purposely did not address or mention the mayor, Sheila Dixon, Dem.) because she is under investigation for theft and a slew of other crimes right now. She wasn't even in attendance from what I could tell. He addressed the mayor of Phillie earlier in the day, from what the reporters say, so it was an intentional omission. Instead of using City Hall for the backdrop, it was decided to use the memorial end of the War Memorial Plaza so as not to be shown in front of the mayor's offices.

One interesting thing about his appearance in Baltimore was that it was the very last time he and his wife will be able to touch the public or be that close to them until he leaves office. He actually walked out from behind the security protection shields into the crowd and spoke, shook hands with and talked to many many private citizens. That won't happen again once they are in their little glass house on Pennsylvania Avenue. The people who had the opportunity to talk to and/or touch them, were more than satisfied. They knew those in D.C. on Tuesday will not get the same chances they had. Only about 35, 000 in the crowd at the site and some watching on giant TV screens in the Inner Harbor. Those numbers were reported on-the -spot, so once it's all over and reassessed, we'll see what more is said about the event. Of course, you'll also be able to read all about it online too.
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