If you could imagine being on the same train as the president-elect, but still being roughly two-football fields away from him, welcome to the press car of the Obama-Biden Inauguration Express.
I'm typing this note from a regular train car, car 1. Behind me is a second car for the press and then the café car, which has diner-style booths filled with yet more press. Car 4, behind that is where the 41 "everyday Americans" are sitting and behind them is staff and security and what not. In the very back of the train is the President and Vice-President Elect and their families.
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Right now the train is somewhere in Maryland on the way to Baltimore. It is about to make a second slow roll, this time through Edgewood, Maryland. As we continue to ride, everyone on board is amazing at the number of people who've lined the tracks to wave at and photograph this train. People are on roofs, standing on cars, or just standing on the side of the road. Many people have brought their kids out to see history.
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Barack Obama spoke to crowds in Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore in route to Washington D.C. Saturday. The trip retraced the path Abraham Lincoln took to his inauguration. (Photo: AP)