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Obama Urges Americans to Unite During Train Tour to Washington

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is calling on Americans to unite to fix the nation's problems as he takes a ceremonial train ride to Washington, ahead of his inauguration on Tuesday.

Mr. Obama addressed crowds Saturday in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Delaware, and Baltimore.

Mr. Obama noted that the country is facing serious challenges -- such as war and a struggling economy -- but said the time has come for Americans to work together to improve the country.

The train, (nicknamed the "Obama Express") retraced the journey Abraham Lincoln took to his inauguration in 1861.

Huge crowds gathered to greet the train along its course after it embarked from Philadelphia. After stopping in Baltimore, the train departed on the short trip to Washington.

At the stop in Wilmington, Delaware, Vice-President-elect Joe Biden boarded the train. The trip from Wilmington to Washington is familiar to the former senator. It is how he got to work in Washington from his home in Delaware. While a senator, Biden commuted exclusively by train after his first wife and his one-year old daughter were killed in a car accident.

In a speech at Wilmington, Biden said "It's not every day you get to do your daily commute with the next president of the United States of America."

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