PRESS RELEASE from the 2009
Contact: PIC Communications Office
and Vice President-Elect to Host Events in Philadelphia, Wilmington and
Baltimore on Weekend Before Inauguration
Biden and Their Families Will
Travel to DC by Train on Jan. 17th
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee
announced that the President-elect, Vice President-elect and their
families will travel - via railroad -- to Washington, D.C. on Saturday,
January 17th and host events along the way in Philadelphia, Wilmington,
and Baltimore. The trip marks the final leg of a journey
that began on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Illinois and will
culminate on the steps of the United States Capitol.
"As part of the most open and accessible Inauguration in history, we
hope to include as many Americans as possible who wish to participate,
but can't be in Washington," said Emmett S. Beliveau, Executive
Director of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. "These
events will allow us to do that while honoring the rich history and
tradition of previous inaugural journeys."
In the tradition of past Presidents-elect, the daylong trip will
include a series of events on the way to Washington, DC. Saturday
morning, President-elect Obama and his family will hold an event in
Philadelphia before boarding a train bound for Wilmington, Delaware,
where he will be joined by Vice President-elect Biden and his
family. Together, the families will travel to Baltimore,
Maryland, and hold another event, before finally arriving in
Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening.
In keeping with the theme of the 2009 Inauguration, "Renewing America's
Promise," the President-elect and Vice President-elect will hold events
in some of the cities instrumental to that promise: Philadelphia, where
that promise was realized; Baltimore, where that promise was defended,
then immortalized in our national anthem; and Washington, where
Americans of all backgrounds will gather over four days, united in
common purpose and resolved to renew that promise once more.
Additional details of the inaugural trip, including information on each
event, will be released at a later date.
For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration,
please visit www.pic2009.org.