Inauguration weekend in Washington kicked off Saturday with a day of volunteering, as President Obama and the first lady led a who’s who of celebrities and political leaders in National Day of Service projects.
Mr. Obama, who added the day of service to the inauguration festivities four years ago in the hopes of starting a tradition that will be followed by future presidents, was expected to participate in a service project, along with the first lady, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
The White House did not release information on the president’s service project in advance, but in 2009 he visited injured soldiers and lent a hand on a homeless shelter renovation.
Ms. Clinton, who was named by the president as a chairman of the day-long event, which includes service projects in all 50 states, drew cheers from the crowd when she talked about the influence of her famous parents, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
She told listeners she was inspired by her grandmother Dorothy Rodham, who as a child taught English to migrant farm workers.
Referencing slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s “most persistent and urgent” question, she asked “What are you doing for others?
“In my family, the only wrong answer to that question is ‘nothing,’” she said.
Saturday’s events kick off three days of activity leading up to Monday’s inauguration ceremonies and balls. On Sunday, the president and vice president will be officially sworn in for their second term in office.
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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s Web site. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as ...
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