Next stop: The White House

A slow-moving train carrying Barack Obama rolled into D.C. Saturday, carrying not just the Obama family but the hopes and dreams of countless black Americans

What began for Obama two years ago as a long-shot presidential bid launched in Abraham Lincoln’s shadow in Springfield, Ill., ended with another tribute to the 16th president, Obama’s political idol. His 10-car train retraced the route Lincoln took to the capital before he assumed the presidency in 1861. Obama stopped to deliver speeches in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore, often referring to the spirit of Lincoln and the Founding Fathers.

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