Obama Arrives in Washington

By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2009 6:30 PM CST

Barack Obama rolled into Washington tonight on the last stop of his historic whistlestop train journey, the Washington Post reports. Obama retraced the path of Abraham Lincoln and called for a "new declaration of independence" for the nation. To see photos of the trip—which Joe Biden joined in Wilmington, Del.—click on Slideshow. To read more about it, click on the links.

“While our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not,” Obama said in Philadelphia. “What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed. What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives—from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry—an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels.” (More Joe Biden stories.)

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