The Inauguration of Barack Obama - Arrival By Train
a historical event
- Saturday, January 17, 2009
At the first stop in Wilmington, Delaware Vice President-elect Biden and his family joined the tour. Biden, dubbed "Amtrak Joe" for his daily commutes on Amtrak between Wilmington and Washington, built a reputation as a supporter of increased funding for U.S. commuter rail transportation.
During his speeches to the crowds, Obama emphasized the theme "A New Birth of Freedom", using phrases associated with Lincoln such as "better angels" and "a new declaration of independence". Obama referred to patriotic forebearers in his speech when he reminded the crowds that "we should never forget that we are the heirs of that first band of patriots, ordinary men and women who refused to give up when it all seemed so improbable; and who somehow believed that they had the power to make the world anew."
- total distance: 124 miles (200 km)